Residential customers to pick gas supplier

Maryland Watch

June 29, 1996

Columbia Gas of Maryland yesterday filed a proposal with the state's Public Service Commission that would offer about 36 percent of the utility's residential customers a choice in buying natural gas.

The plan, which will be offered to 10,000 customers under a two-year pilot program beginning Nov. 1, is similar to one that Columbia Gas' sister company filed earlier this month in Pennsylvania. The program is expected to reduce customers' natural gas costs, said Gary J. Robinson, president and chief executive of Columbia Gas.

"Our large industrial and commercial gas users have been able to choose their natural gas suppliers for many years," said Gary J. Robinson, president and chief executive of Columbia Gas. "On June 1 we began a customer choice program for our smaller commercial and industrial customers -- those customers who have an annual consumption of less than 2 million cubic feet -- that gives them the opportunity to choose their gas suppliers."

Columbia Gas, the state's third-largest natural gas utility, serves 32,000 commercial and residential customers in 20 Western Maryland communities.

Pub Date: 6/29/96

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