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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
614 | 466 7750

PUCO accepts results of Columbia Gas of Ohio auction

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Feb. 27, 2013) –The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved the results of Columbia Gas of Ohio’s auction for its standard choice offer (SCO). The auction secured natural gas supplies for Columbia’s customers for the period April 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014 and established a retail price adjustment of $1.29 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf).

Columbia’s SCO rate changes monthly and is calculated as the sum of the retail price adjustment, plus the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) month-end settlement price. The price adjustment reflects the winning bidders’ estimate of their cost to deliver natural gas from the production area to Columbia’s service area.

The SCO will apply to Columbia’s non-choice customers and will continue to allow choice-eligible customers the option to enroll with an energy choice supplier of their choosing, join a government aggregation buying group, or remain on the SCO.

Each SCO customer’s bill will indicate the certified retail natural gas supplier that is responsible for providing the customer’s natural gas. Columbia will continue to deliver natural gas to all customers, offer payment plans, and handle all emergency and customer service calls. Those enrolled in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP), government aggregation group customers and those already enrolled with an energy choice supplier are not affected.

On Feb. 26, 2013, World Energy Solutions, Columbia’s auction manager, conducted a descending clock auction for the SCO rate. Bids were submitted by 11 natural gas suppliers based on fixed adjustments to the NYMEX settlement price. The names of the winning bidders will remain confidential for 15 days to protect the suppliers’ positions in contract negotiations with pipeline companies.

A copy of today’s Commission finding and order and redacted version of the report issued by the auction manager are available at www.PUCO.ohio.gov. Click on the link to Docketing Information Systems and enter the case number 08-1344-GA-EXM.

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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is the sole agency charged with regulating public utility service. The role of the PUCO is to assure all residential, business, and industrial consumers have access to adequate, safe, and reliable utility services at fair prices while facilitating an environment that provides competitive choices. Consumers with utility-related questions or concerns can call the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) and speak with a representative.

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