The Ohio Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has opened a docket to examine regulatory reform of the state's natural gas local distribution companies (LDCs), responding to a new state law (Amended Substitute House Bill 476) signed June 18 by Ohio Gov. George Voinovich. It directed its staff and interested parties to develop ideas for alternative regulatory plans and for LDCs to enter the "commodity sales" market. The new law would permit LDCs to make commodity sales to certain "exempt customers," and the PUC particularly seeks comments on how such sales might affect a utility's gas-cost recovery sales customers. Re Substitute House Bill 476, Case No. 96-700-GA-ORD, July 3, 1996 (Ohio P.U.C.).
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