Here’s a clarification to last week’s information about natural gas and electricity suppliers.
If you missed last Sunday’s column, it was a review of the natural gas choice that I’ve made (sticking with the Standard Choice Offer or SCO) and talking about marketing letters for both gas and electricity. You can read it online at www.ohio.com/betty or at a local library.
I had mentioned that with April bills, if you are with the SCO, you will see a new provider assigned by Dominion East Ohio: DTE Energy Trading Inc., Hess Corp. and Noble American Gas & Power. Last week, Dominion clarified that customers with Noble will actually see Emerald Energy on their bill and it is the same company.
There are three more companies that agreed to take SCO customers after the initial assignments, following the same state-approved formula. They are Integrys Energy Services, Interstate Gas Supply Inc. (IGS) and Trademark Merchant Energy LLC (formerly Kansas Energy).
Here’s the bottom line: As long as your bill says SCO, you are good. These names should be the ones showing up in your bills in April or May.
If you missed a report last week, the SCO price starting May 11 will be $2.64 per thousand cubic feet (mcf), down from $2.79/mcf a month earlier and down 51 percent from a year ago when the rate was $5.38/mcf.
The last time Dominion’s rate was lower than $2.70/mcf was nearly 20 years ago in August 1992 when it was $2.67/mcf.