What Are the Requirements and Steps?
In 1996, the New York State Public Service Commission opened the natural gas industry to competition allowing consumers to choose who will deliver or purchase their natural gas -- either by continuing to buy through the local utility or from a non utility supplier or marketer. The Commission's goal for a competitive market is to create an environment that will offer consumers more choices, lower costs and better services, and economic opportunities for New York. Marketers wishing to transport gas to residential and commercial customers must include specific information in their contracts. By doing so, customers will be able to make fully informed choices about their energy needs and marketers will be able to actively participate in an open, competitive market.
How to Become a Marketer
The following information is intended to serve as a guide for potential marketers. If you have specific questions, you may call the local utility company or the Department of Public Service's Office of Consumer Education & Advocacy for assistance.
All marketers must file a copy of their standard contract with the Department of Public Service's Office of Consumer Education & Advocacy . A separate standard contract is required for residential and commercial customers. Staff initially reviews the contract to determine if the Commission's requirements have been met. A marketer will be contacted if additional information or changes to the contract need to be made.
The marketer then will forward the revised contract for further review. If all compliance elements are met, a letter will be sent to the marketer advising that the contract is in compliance with the Commission's requirements. The marketer will then present the letter and required financial information to the local utility company for determination of creditworthiness before it can offer services. Each local utility company has separate criteria for creditworthiness.
After utility acceptance, marketer information will be placed on the Department's WEBSITE and made available to any consumer upon request. Consumers will also be able to obtain marketer information from the local utility.
Marketers must provide the Department of Public Service updates of changes of corporate names, addresses, telephone numbers and the contact persons.
The Department of Public Service will continue to maintain its regulatory authority over the transmission and distribution of natural gas. More important, the Department will monitor the transition process, and identify and remove barriers that may impede the growth of a competitive market.
Marketers must demonstrate that they are in compliance with specific requirements for residential and commercial customers before they can provide natural gas supplies or services.
Gas marketer contracts must comply with Commission requirements to qualify for a letter of contract compliance from the Department of Public Service.
Supplying Residential Customers
Specific information is required in all contracts of marketers seeking to supply natural gas to residential customers in New York State. Each marketer must file a copy of its standard contract with the Commission's Office of Consumer Education & Advocacy.
Supplying Nonresidential Customers
The following requirements apply to all marketers that seek to supply natural gas to commercial customers. Each marketer will file a copy of its standard contract with the Department of Public Service's Office of Consumer Education & Advocacy.
Each local utility company in New York State has separate standards for marketer activity in its service territory. It is important that the marketer consult the local utility about specific requirements prior to offering services to potential customers.
Need More Information?
Contact the PSC:
For general information about the New York State Public Service Commission's goals for competition in the natural gas market, including current market activity, please write to us at the following address: Office of Consumer Education & Advocacy, Three Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12223; or access the Commission's WEBSITE at http://www.dps.ny.gov. For specific information about contracts or compliance issues, please contact Roberta Worden, at 1-518-402-4873, or e-mail to email@example.com. for assistance.
Contact the Local Utility Company:
For information on how to provide services in a specific local utility company's service territory, please contact the following gas marketing representatives:CENTRAL HUDSON GAS & ELECTRIC CORPORATION - Lisa Cerone,
Phone: (845)486-5814, Fax: (845)486-5514,
CONSOLIDATED EDISON COMPANY of NEW YORK, INC. - Michelle Doyle,
CORNING NATURAL GAS CORPORATION - Russell Miller,
KEYSPAN ENERGY DELIVERY of LONG ISLAND and KEYSPAN ENERGY DELIVERY of NEW YORK
NATIONAL FUEL GAS CORPORATION - Mike Reville
NEW YORK STATE ELECTRIC & GAS CORPORATION - Donna C. Vandenberg,
NATIONAL GRID/NIAGARA MOHAWK - James Dillon,
ORANGE & ROCKLAND UTILITIES, INC. - Roberta Scerbo,
ROCHESTER GAS & ELECTRIC CORPORATION - Linda Dent,
ST. LAWRENCE GAS CORPORATION - Sharon Gaines,
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