PUC pushes on with investigation into natural gas retail market

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission voted today to continue their investigation into the low interest in the state’s retail natural gas market.

The PUC first launched its investigation into the state’s competitive natural gas marketplace in September 2013, and its decision today empowers the Office of Competitive Market Oversight, a branch of the PUC, to further explore the issue.

Less than 14 percent of Pennsylvania’s natural gas customers have signed on with a competitive supplier. By contrast, more than 37 percent of Pennsylvania’s electricity customers have opted for a competitive supplier.

“This is an opportunity to assess whether effective competition exists in Pennsylvania’s retail natural gas market and also to make recommendations for improvements,” PUC Commissioner Pamela Witmer said in a news release. “Our end goal is to ensure that the commonwealth is home to a properly functioning retail natural gas market, and that we are making full use of our Marcellus Shale resources.”

Michael Sanserino: msanserino@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1969 and Twitter @msanserino.

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