Retail Unbundling - Idaho

Status: The state has no unbundled service programs for residential customers.

Overview: No retail unbundling program is being considered at this time by either the Idaho Public Utilities Commission (PUC) or the state legislature. Currently, only large industrial customers can receive unbundled service from the local distribution company (LDC). The PUC regulates two LDCs: Intermountain Gas Company and Avista Utilities. In December 1998, the PUC established competitive practice standards for Intermountain Gas and set up a registry of gas marketers who wish to provide service within the utility's service area.

EIA State Data: In 2000, Idaho had 240,399 residential and 30,018 commercial customers. They consumed 19 and 13 billion cubic feet of natural gas, respectively. The average prices paid for natural gas purchased from local distribution companies by residential and commercial customers were $6.28 and $5.48 per thousand cubic feet, respectively. The average city gate price in Idaho was $4.02 per thousand cubic feet.

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File Last modified: 06/14/2002