Nearly 18 million households are strong candidates for conversion to natural gas heating. So says the
American Gas Association (A.G.A.). The AGA estimates that 7.6 million natural gas customers don't use gas for heating and about 10.2 million households lack gas service, although it is available in their neighborhoods. To maintain its heating market dominance, the industry plans to promote the advantages of gas to homebuilders as well as to existing and potential customers.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a new General Public Utilities Corp. subsidiary (em GPU Generation Corp. The company will operate, maintain, and rehabilitate GPU's 91 nonnuclear generating plants in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The new company will use the trade name GPU Genco. SEC approval was the last regulatory step; utility regulators from both states have already signed off.