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State natural gas rate comparison

Residents and business in dozens of states have the power to choose who supplies their natural gas.

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Facts about natural gas

Most of the natural gas consumed in the United States is produced in the U.S. Canada provides much of the rest. 33 states are now producing or have produced natural gas and natural gas supplies nearly one-fourth of all of the energy used in the United States. 

Gas utilities serve more than 68 million residential customers and more than 5 million commercial enterprises. In deregulated natural gas states, consumers and businesses have the power to choose a gas supplier. This enables people to compare natural gas prices and options and select the best plan.

Natural gas deregulation

Natural gas distribution companies have always been subject to regulation by state and local governments. In 1989, Congress completed the process of deregulating the price of natural gas at the wellhead, which was begun in 1978 with the passage of the Natural Gas Policy Act, by passing the Natural Gas Wellhead Decontrol Act (NGWDA). In deregulation of the natural gas and electric industries, only the price of the commodity supply has been opened to competition. This means consumers in many states, who are served by investor-owned utilities, are now able to choose who supplies their natural gas and/or electricity. The transmission and distribution of natural gas and electricity is not open to choice, and the price for those services continues to be set by state and federally approved tariffs. As a consumer in 16 states, you no longer have to purchase your natural gas and electricity from your local utility. Residents in these areas have access to a number of energy suppliers that offer alternative prices, plans and customer service options. You can choose the natural gas supplier of your choice and still pay your gas bill directly to your existing utility company.

Deregulated Natural Gas States

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Natural Gas Prices

Natural gas prices are down 32 percent from this time last year, which is also a 17 year low for nat gas prices in the US. This is largely to due to an extremely warm winter and a decrease in demand for natural gas. The decrease in demand leads to excessive of natural gas storage which is 67% higher compared to last year. The EIA reported that U.S. working stocks of natural gas totaled about 2.478 trillion cubic feet, around 807 billion cubic feet above the five-year average of 1.671 trillion cubic feet and 998 billion cubic feet above last year’s total for the same period. Working gas in storage totaled 1.480 trillion cubic feet for the same period a year ago. The good news is that the cost of natural gas is in favor of consumers, particularly in the normally colder areas in the north east.

US Regional Natural Gas Prices* (dollars per thousand cubic feet)

  2015 2016 2017 2018
New England 13.23 12.90 13.68 13.75
Middle Atlantic 10.45 10.03 11.47 11.29
East North Central 8.70 8.25 9.23 9.43
West North Central 9.64 8.99 9.91 10.33
South Atlantic 12.80 12.65 13.66 13.24
East South Central 10.93 10.51 12.13 12.07
West South Central 10.81 11.61 12.33 11.86
Mountain 9.84 8.97 9.73 10.14
Pacific 11.47 11.67 11.77 12.06

*Source: US Energy Information Administration

This process to choose my supplier just gets easier every time.. I like to be able to help the environment while I save dollars. I especially like that I have a choice in the energy marketplace -- it's like I have a vote in the industry.

Martha T., New Cumberland, PA

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