Gas Choice Enrollment Reportold

March 2015 (Download PDF)

 

There was a slight decrease from 23.1% to 23.0% in the total percentage of Residential customers served by gas suppliers between the fourth quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015.  This was primarily due to a decrease in Residential migration in the BGE Gas service territory.  The total percentage of Commercial and Industrial customers served by gas suppliers increased from 34.3% in the fourth quarter of 2014 to 35.7% in the first quarter of 2015.  This was due primarily to an increase in Commercial and Industrial migration in the BGE and Washington Gas service territories and the number of accounts served being larger than the increase in eligible accounts in these two service territories.  There was a slight increase in the total percentage of Daily-Metered and Interruptible customers served by gas suppliers from 79.9% to 80.9% between the fourth quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015.  This was caused primarily by an increase in Daily-Metered and Interruptible customers served in the Columbia Gas service territory.

BGE experienced a decrease in the total number of residential accounts served by suppliers, from 147,515 customers in he fourth quarter of 2014 to 145,581 customers in the first quarter of 2015. This was a net change in the percentage value of 0.4% between the fourth quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015.  Washington Gas experienced an increase between the fourth quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015, from 92,964 residential customers served by suppliers in the fourth quarter of 2014 to 94,633 served by suppliers in the first quarter of 2015, and the net percentage served by suppliers increased slightly from 21.6% in the fourth quarter 2014 to 21.9% in the first quarter of 2015.

The percentage of Total Annual Volumes served by Gas Suppliers increased from 52.8% in the fourth quarter of 2014 to 52.7% in the first quarter of 2015. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2014, there was a decrease in the residential volumes served by suppliers in the BGE service territory between the fourth quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2014 (by approximately 330,000 dekatherms), while the percentage served decreased from 26.2% to 25.0%. Residential Volumes served by suppliers increased in WGL’s territory by approximately 324,000 dekatherms, and the percentage of those volumes served increased by 1.3% between the fourth quarter in 2014 and the first quarter in 2015.  There was a decrease in Total Residential volumes served by suppliers in all areas of approximately 6,000 dekatherms, while the percentage of residential volumes served decreased by 0.2% between the fourth quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015 (to 24.8% from 25.0%).

The nominal percentage of Commercial and Industrial volumes served by gas suppliers in the Chesapeake service territory decreased slightly from 99.2% in the fourth quarter of 2014 to 99.0% in the first quarter of 2015, while the nominal volumes served increased by approximately 38,000 dekatherms and the nominal volumes eligible increased by approximately 41,000 dekatherms from 1,792,907 dekatherms in the fourth quarter of 2014 to 1,833,584 dekatherms in the first quarter of 2015.  The percentage of Commercial and Industrial Volumes served by gas suppliers in WGL’s service territory increased from 71.6% in the fourth quarter of 2014 to 73.0% in the first quarter of 2015, and the volumes served increased by approximately 642,000 dekatherms between the fourth quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015, with an increase in the eligible Commercial and Industrial volumes between the fourth quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015 of approximately 399,000 dekatherms. Columbia Gas experienced a decrease in volumes served by gas suppliers for the Commercial and Industrial Volumes between the fourth quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015 of approximately 19,000 dekatherms, while the percentage value decreased slightly from 10.3% in the fourth quarter of 2014 to 9.0% in the first quarter of 2015.  Eligible volumes for Commercial and Industrial customers in the Columbia Service territory decreased between the fourth quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015 by approximately 33,000 dekatherms.  The percentage of Commercial and Industrial Volumes served by gas suppliers in BGE’s service territory decreased from 50.3% in the fourth quarter of 2014 to 48.0% in the first quarter of 2014, while the volumes served decreased by approximately 697,000 dekatherms between the two periods.

Columbia Gas experienced an increase in the percentage of Daily-Metered and Interruptible volumes served by gas suppliers from 68.2% in the fourth quarter of 2014 to 68.4% in the first quarter of 2015, of the total volume served. The total volumes served decreased by approximately 39,000 dekatherms between the fourth quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015. This percentage increase occurred because there was a decrease in eligible Daily-Metered and Interruptible volumes from 2,571,005 dekatherms in the fourth quarter of 2014 to 2,508,710 dekatherms in the first quarter of 2015, a decrease of approximately 62,000 dekatherms. BGE’s Daily-Metered and Interruptible volumes served decreased by approximately 28,000 dekatherms between the fourth quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015. The percentage of Daily-Metered volumes served by suppliers in BGE’s service territory stayed the same at 99.4% in the first quarter of 2015 (the same as in the fourth quarter of 2014). This was due mainly to a similar decrease in in the eligible volumes of approximately 28,000 dekatherms. WGL’s Daily-Metered and Interruptible volumes served increased by approximately 403,000 dekatherms between the fourth quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015. Once again, there was no change between the fourth quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015 in the percentage of Daily-Metered and Interruptible volumes served by suppliers for WGL, which were 100.0%, for both reporting periods.

There was a decrease in suppliers from 15 to 14 in the BGE service territory and from 8 to 6 in the Columbia service territory serving Daily-Metered and Interruptible customers between the fourth quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015.  There was an decrease in suppliers from 8 to 6 in the Columbia service territory and from 6 to 4 in the Chesapeake service territory serving Commercial and Industrial customers between the fourth quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015.  There are no other changes in gas suppliers serving customers between the fourth quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015 for the other noted gas service territories.

Gunter Elert
Assistant Director, Gas and Water
Public Service Commission of Maryland