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March 2014

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Actual Utility Gas Commodity Rates

The following table shows the gas commodity rates of the major gas utilities in Maryland for the current and three prior years.
Additional utility specific information is provided elsewhere in this fact sheet.

 

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company

Columbia Gas of Md.

Washington Gas Light Company

 

Gas Commodity Service GCF
$ per Therm Sold

Gas Cost *
$ per CCF (therm) Sold

Purchased Gas Charge (PGC*)
$ per Therm Sold

Calendar Year

2014

2013

2012

2011

2014

2013

2012

2011

2014

2013

2012

2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January

0.5389

0.5617

0.5833

0.6304

0.58409

0.54049

0.53907

0.58245

0.6104

0.5642

0.7300

0.7253

February

0.6431

0.5621

0.5979

0.6276

0.58409

0.51091

0.53907

0.58245

0.6631

0.6033

0.6531

0.7315

March

0.5071

0.5659

0.5842

0.5726

0.60687

0.51091

0.49932

0.58245

0.9472

0.5349

0.5421

0.7440

April

 

0.6557

0.6310

0.5806

 

0.52872

0.45590

0.57088

 

0.6628

0.6297

0.6848

May

 

0.6744

0.4727

0.5969

 

0.52872

0.45590

0.57088

 

0.7038

0.5377

0.6296

June

 

0.6816

0.5247

0.6078

 

0.52872

0.45590

0.57088

 

0.6685

0.6313

0.7261

July

 

0.6313

0.5622

0.6231

 

0.55277

0.46454

0.61005

 

0.6029

0.6313

0.7536

August

 

0.5261

0.5907

0.6211

 

0.55277

0.46454

0.61005

 

0.4823

0.6897

0.7985

September

 

0.5430

0.5419

0.5675

 

0.55277

0.46454

0.61005

 

0.5131

0.5282

0.6681

October

 

0.5430

0.5803

0.5605

 

0.52150

0.51615

0.59530

 

0.5555

0.5282

0.6681

November

 

0.5814

0.5471

0.5751

 

0.52150

0.51615

0.59530

 

0.5555

0.5818

0.6681

December

 

0.5960

0.5752

0.5871

 

0.52150

0.54469

0.59530

 

0.5798

0.5517

0.7538

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE:   *Balancing charges are included.   By Letter Order dated January30, 2013, The Commission approved Columbia’s request to implement therm billing with the February 2013 billing cycle (Mail Log No. 143915).

Gas Choice

Baltimore Gas and Electric ("BGE"), Columbia Gas ("CG") and Washington Gas ("WG") customers have the option of shopping for their gas commodity (the GCF, PGA or PGC charge on their bills) with a gas supplier. There is a good chance a customer can mitigate this year's high winter gas prices by shopping with a gas supplier. Currently, almost 225,000 customers statewide buy their gas from a gas supplier rather than from the utility. A current list of gas suppliers can be obtained by calling your gas utility or by going to the following websites:
BGE: http://www.bge.com/cmp/CDA/topic/0,1667,235,00.html
WGL:   http://www.washgas.com  Then look under Customer Choice, Maryland, Questions and Answers
CG: http://www.columbiagas.com/products_services/md._price_to_compare.htm

 

Gas Utilities in Maryland

            With the exception of the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, every gas utility in Maryland charges an adjustment factor for the cost of purchased gas, which is based on the actual cost of gas.  For the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, the monthly factor is calculated on a market-based rate. All adjustment factors are reconciled to actual costs on an annual basis.  Every utility using an adjustment calculation is subject to a formal hearing before the Commission annually.

Major Gas Utilities

Billing Cycle

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company

Monthly

Columbia Gas of Maryland

Quarterly

Washington Gas Light Company

Quarterly

Minor Gas Utilities

Billing Cycle

Chesapeake Utilities

Quarterly

Easton Utilities Commission

Monthly

Elkton Gas – NUI

Monthly

Emmitsburg Gas District – PPL

Monthly

Baltimore Gas and Electric Company

            Gas adjustment factor is referred to as a Gas Commodity Price Factor and varies based on the applicable tariff rate.  Rates are calculated on a monthly basis and are reviewed by the Commission on an annual basis.  The unadjusted commodity price calculation is based on a City Gate Index Price.

 

Columbia Gas of Maryland

            Gas adjustment factor is called a purchased gas adjustment.  The cost of gas is based on actual cost of gas adjusted for a reconciliation of prior cost recovery.  That prior cost recovery mechanism is called an actual cost adjustment.  Rates are submitted quarterly.  Rates are based on MCF and are broken out by rate schedules on the quarterly filings provided to the Commission.  The Commission on an annual basis reviews all rates in a formal hearing established for that purpose.

 

Washington Gas Light Company

            Gas adjustment clause is called a purchased gas charge and is assessed on a quarterly basis to customers.  There have been times when the quarterly factor is updated for a specific billing month.  The cost of gas is adjusted yearly to reconcile actual costs and actual recovery through an actual cost adjustment clause.  The Commission on an annual basis reviews all rates in a formal hearing established for that purpose.

 

Other Gas Companies

            The other gas companies under this Commission’s jurisdiction are considered minor in size.  These companies have a purchased gas adjustment charge, which is subject to an annual actual cost adjustment to reconcile actual costs incurred with actual revenues received.  Each company calculates its factor based on actual costs, and is subject to a formal review of their adjustment factor annually.

Gas Utility

Billing Period

Chesapeake Utilities

Quarterly

Easton Utilities Commission

Monthly

Elkton Gas – NUI

Monthly

Emmitsburg Gas District – PPL

Monthly

 

 

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