Retail Unbundling - Rhode Island

Status: The state has no unbundled services for residential customers.

Overview: No retail unbundling programs are available at this time for residential gas customers in Rhode Island. The two local distribution companies in the state have voluntarily unbundled service to certain medium, large, and extra large customers since 1997. Providence Gas provides supplier choice to customers using at least 500 thousand cubic feet (Mcf) per year (which includes some restaurants and laundromats), and Valley Gas provides choice to customers using 10,000 Mcf or more. Providence Gas has stated its intention to extend "choice" to its small business and residential customers, but no timetable has been established.

EIA State Data: In 2000, Rhode Island had 214,474 residential and 22,592 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 $9.83 and $8.55 per thousand cubic feet, respectively. The average city gate price in Rhode Island was $4.36 per thousand cubic feet.

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File Last modified: 06/19/2002