Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSE&G) has asked the New Jersey BPU to approve a pilot program, SelectGas, that would allow residential natural gas customers in four municipalities to purchase gas from suppliers other than PSE&G. The pilot would run until June 1, 1998. PSE&G's commercial and industrial customers have had choice since December 1994; over 8,000 now participate.
The new service would not require an alternate fuel capability or additional metering, and includes provisions for emergency sales service and offpeak service. Customers would pay a $20 administrative charge each time they select a new gas supplier.
Participation would be limited to 60,000 to 65,000 customers that represent different locations within PSE&G's gas service territory, various community sizes, and various customer demographics. The program will be assessed by geographic region, town size, and demographic segment. The information will be used to determine the future of residential unbundling.