Purchasing gas from an alternative source
There are currently no marketers offering gas to residential and small commercial customers in the Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas Service Territory.
The natural gas industry in New York State is now open for competition as part of the deregulation process. Since May 1996 all Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas customers have had the option to purchase natural gas supplies from someone other than Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas.
Through the Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas Retail Access Program, customers may purchase natural gas from Marketers, who have been approved by the New York State Public Service Commission and by Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas, to operate in the Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas service territory.
Marketers are responsible for arranging pipeline deliveries of gas to the Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas distribution system. Once the gas reaches the Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas system, Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas transports it on a firm or interruptible basis (in accordance with the terms of the customer's service classification) to the customer's facility or home.
Many large volume customers in the Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas service territory have had this option since 1992.
Can I buy my natural gas from someone other than Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas?
Yes, other natural gas suppliers, known as Marketers, can provide your natural gas requirements. These Marketers will deliver your natural gas requirements to the Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas system. Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas will then deliver the gas to you.
The Marketer will bill you for the transportation charges to deliver the gas to the Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas system and for the natural gas. Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas will bill you for the transportation charges on the Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas system, and any other charges according to the tariff.
Can anyone sell gas in the Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas service territory?
No, only Marketers that have been approved by the New York State Public Service Commission can sell natural gas in New York State. Marketers must also be deemed creditworthy by Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas.
Why would a Marketer be interested in providing gas for my house?
A Marketer will sign up a large number of customers and provide the total gas requirements for the group. This process is known as Aggregation. Aggregating a large number of customers into a group makes it feasible for the Marketer to provide natural gas to your house.
Will the service I receive from Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas be different if I buy gas from a Marketer?
No, you will receive the same quality service from Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas no matter what company provides your gas requirements.
What about my budget billing, can I buy my gas from a Marketer and stay on the budget?
Yes you can, your monthly budget amount will be adjusted to reflect your choice of gas suppliers. The Marketer may or may not offer budget billing on their system however, check with them when you apply for service.
How can I find information on Marketers in the Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas service territory?
The New York State Department of Public Service lists all approved Marketers on it's web site.
You can find a list of Marketers who have been approved by the New York State Department of Public Service and who have passed the Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas creditworthiness requirements in our Marketer Directory.
Will I save money buying gas from a Marketer?
The savings you receive will depend on the price charged by your Marketer. Be sure to compare prices before making a final decision. Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas will be happy to help you with your comparison.
To compare the Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas price to the price a Marketer may quote, use the current rates shown below (these rates apply to all Residential and Commercial (Small General Firm Service) Customers). These rates include the costs to transport gas to the Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas system and for the natural gas supply. These rates will be replaced by the rate the Marketer will charge. All other rates and charges, as specified in the Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas tariff, will remain the same.
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How do I start the process of buying gas from a Marketer?
If you have not been contacted by a Marketer you can try contacting one of the Marketers listed on the New York State Department of Public Service Web Site. If the Marketer is selling gas, or is planning on selling gas in the Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas service territory they will require some information regarding your account with Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas. Some of the information they will require could be your Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas account number, your service address, mailing address, and phone number. You will be asked to give Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas authorization to release your account history including your monthly usage and your payment history. Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas will not release any information without written approval from you.
The Marketer will offer you a price for their gas supply which should include all costs to deliver your gas to the Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas system. You should verify that the price offered includes all the charges you will be required to pay to the Marketer. Once you have the Marketers price you can compare it with the price listed above, keep in mind however that the price of natural gas charged by Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas changes on a monthly basis depending on market conditions. The actual amount you save (if any) will depend on the ability of the Marketer to beat the price charged by Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas.
Since your natural gas originates in Canada make sure your Marketer quotes your price in US dollars and that the price is per MMbtu (wet).
How can I get more information about my choices?
If you want more information about the choices that are available to you, please contact:
James P. Ward
Assistant General Manager