Want to save money on your PG&E natural gas bill? Use the Core Gas Aggregation program - a small hidden secret PG&E may not want you to know about...
Deal DetailsLast Edited by redsolar October 25, 2012 at 11:13 AM
PG&E's Core Gas Aggregation Service is an optional program that allows you to purchase gas for your home or business directly from third-party gas suppliers, also known as Core Transport Agents (CTAs). Through this program, PG&E will continue to read your meter, and to transport and deliver gas to your home or business with the same high level of reliability and service that we provide to all of our customers.
PG&E requires new CTAs to complete a certification process, which entails meeting credit and technical requirements, before they are eligible to enroll customers. If PG&E terminates a CTA's certification due to a failure to maintain PG&E's certification requirements, or if a CTA goes out of business, a CTA's customers would continue to receive uninterrupted gas service directly from PG&E.
Basically - look at the list here - http://www.pge.com/myhome/customerservice/energychoice/coregasaggregation/coretransportagents/index.shtml - find an aggregator that serves your area - I picked Tiger Natural Gas - and pretty soon you'll be saving >15% on your gas bill with no changes to your service or your billing... it's so simple it's silly...
Try it. At first I thought this was a scam when I got the call from Tiger, but it's something the government forces PG&E to do... and they probably just hide it real well so no one will find out
Based on this website
And the historical rates
There is no guarantee the rate of CTA will always be lower.
Will PG&E lose money if I switch to a CTA?
No. Due to the way natural gas utilities are regulated, PG&E does not make a profit from the sale of natural gas to its retail customers. PG&E instead makes its regulated profit from delivering gas through its pipeline system, as well as from other sources.
What are the responsibilities of a CTA?
A CTA is responsible for ensuring that sufficient gas is delivered daily to PG&E's pipeline system to supply its customers' forecasted usage. As part of PG&E's ongoing service, we are the backup supplier in the event your CTA fails to arrange for an adequate supply of natural gas, defaults on its obligations or goes out of business.
Will I continue to receive a monthly bill from PG&E?
Yes, in most cases. PG&E provides three types of billing options for a CTA: 1) PG&E Consolidated Billing where PG&E consolidates its monthly gas distribution and transmission charges and a CTA's gas charges into a single bill; 2) CTA Consolidated Billing where a CTA consolidates its monthly charges and PG&E's charges into a single bill; and 3) Separate Billing where PG&E and a CTA separately bill for their respective monthly charges. You will experience a few days delay in receiving your monthly bill if your CTA is using PG&E as its biller; however, your payment due date will not be effected by this process.
How does Core Gas Aggregation Service work?
Before joining Core Gas Aggregation Service, an end-use customer, such as a resident or business-owner, will need to agree through verbal or written contract to buy natural gas from CTA other than PG&E. The CTA will procure natural gas for its customers. PG&E continues to transport the natural gas to the end-use customer. Customers are required to make a minimum 12-month commitment to Core Gas Aggregation Service and purchase natural gas from a CTA, instead of PG&E. And CTAs are required to serve a gas usage pool with a combined usage of at least 120,000 therms per year.
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