Your prices could be set by a competitive market

This program is available to our commercial and industrial customers. Customers can choose to purchase their natural gas from a certified supplier instead of us. If you choose to purchase your natural gas from a supplier, we will continue to deliver the same reliable service, read your meter, perform safety checks and respond to emergencies.

The price of natural gas charged by a supplier is set by a competitive market, meaning there is no guarantee you’ll save money, but they may offer pricing and special incentives. You will still receive an invoice from Columbia Gas for the delivery of the natural gas to your location, along with various meter charges, banking and balancing fees and applicable tax. Separately, your supplier will bill you for your natural gas supply.

How to enroll

  • Review our list of current suppliers below.
  • Evaluate the offer and compare prices. The Pennsylvania Public Service Commission website lists full current approved suppliers and eligibility.
  • Suppliers offer different risks and rewards, such as fixed and variable rates, flat discounts and up-front incentives.
  • Consider the contract terms. Since many suppliers require you to agree to contract terms, you’ll want to know contract length and if you can cancel.
  • Choose a supplier and complete the Columbia Gas General Distribution Service Application and Agreement, which your supplier is responsible for submitting to us for your enrollment
  • Once enrolled in the General Distribution Service program, your bill will be sent on a one month delay (example: your January bill will be mailed to you in February)
  • General Distribution Service customers can view and pay their bills online through our Aviator website

Current suppliers

Atmos Energy

713-428-4613

www.atmosenergy.com

Cokinos Energy

713-974-0101

www.cokinosenergy.com

Colonial Energy

703-218-2451

www.colonialenergy.com

Conoco Inc

1-281-293-1000

www.conocophillips.com

Constellation New Energy

502-214-6398

www.constellation.com

Direct Energy Business Marketing LLC

1-732-750-7050

www.directenergy.com

Dominion Retail

1-804-787-6224

www.dom.com

eServices Energy Management

304-610-8228

Enspire Energy, LLC

1-757-963-9123

www.enspireenergy.com

Infinite Energy

614-725-7170

www.infiniteenergy.com

IGS Energy

1-888-440-5744

www.igsenergy.com

Marathon Oil

1-713-296-3704

National Fuel Resources

1-800-839-9993

www.nfrinc.com

New Wave Energy

716-887-9700

www.newwaveenergy.com

Novec Energy Solutions

1-888-335-0500

www.novec.com

Riley Natural Gas Company

1-800-826-0867

www.rileynaturalgas.com

South Jersey Energy

1-800-266-6020

www.southjerseyenergy.com

Shell Energy North America

1-800-281-2824

www.shell.com

Shipley Energy

1-800-839-1849

www.myshipley.com

Snyder Brothers, Inc.

1-724-548-8101

www.snyderbrothersinc.com

Sprague Energy Corp.

1-800-225-1560

www.spragueenergy.com

Stand Energy Corporation

1-513-621-1113

www.standenergy.com

Talen Energy Marketing, LLC

1-866-505-8825

www.talenenergy.com

Tiger Natural Gas, Inc.

1-888-875-6122

www.tigernaturalgas.com

UGI Energy Services, LLC.

1-800-427-8545

www.ugies.com

Volunteer Energy Services Inc.

1-800-977-8374

www.volunteerenergy.com

Washington Gas Energy

1-703-793-7500

www.wges.com

Common questions

How do I sign up for General Distribution Service?

Choose a supplier. You may contact Columbia Gas for a list of qualified suppliers and they are listed on our website. Your chosen supplier will forward the necessary paperwork to you for your approval. This will include a GEneral Distribution Service Agreement between you and Columbia Gas, detailing your service options, volume requirements, service address, account contact information, and the name of your supplier. You may also be required to execute an agreement with your supplier. Your supplier is responsible for returning the General Distribution Service Agreement to Columbia Gas for further processing.

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What is General Distribution Service (GDS)?

Under the GDS program, customers have the option of purchasing their gas from a supplier. Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, Inc. (Columbia Gas) will continue to deliver the natural gas to your facility, but the purchase function will be handled by the company of your choice. This method of natural gas purchasing is similar to the telecommunications industry where you choose a long distance provider.

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Why would I buy my gas from someone other than Columbia Gas?

There might be an opportunity to save money on your gas cost. Suppliers are not subject to state utility commission pricing regulations and can price their gas differently than Columbia Gas. Under federal and state regulations, gas costs are passed through to all sales customers on an average basis, dollar-for-dollar. Columbia Gas is not permitted to "mark-up" gas costs. Columbia Gas derives its income from the delivery of gas through its distribution system to both sales and transportation customers. You are our customer whether you purchase traditional sales service from Columbia Gas, or choose to purchase it from a third-party supplier.

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What is included in the cost of your natural gas service?

First, there's the cost of the natural gas itself. We refer to this as the "commodity cost." Next comes the "transportation cost". This is the cost of delivering the natural gas from the supplier or producer to the Columbia Gas distribution system. It includes fixed or demand charges to reserve the pipeline capacity needed to transport and store your gas for when you need it. And lastly, we have the "distribution cost." This is the cost of delivering gas to your facility. It includes not only the actual delivery costs, but also such items as pipeline maintenance, system upgrading, meter reading, and billing.

When you enter the GDS program, you are essentially purchasing the gas or commodity from a supplier of your choice, rather than Columbia Gas. Transportation costs remain the same, as do the costs associated with the distribution service.

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If I do decide to choose another supplier, what is my next step?

Once you have chosen a supplier, that supplier will provide you with the necessary paperwork to participate and enroll in GDS. Columbia Gas will process the contract once we receive the agreement and all of the necessary information from you and/or your supplier.

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Changing suppliers is a big decision. What advice can you offer?

Be sure you fully understand any arrangement that you agree to and understand the terms of the agreement you sign.

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If I decide to buy my gas from another supplier and it does not work out, will Columbia Gas still provide my gas service?

Columbia Gas may provide you gas under our normal system supply rate schedules provided that:

  • Your return to system supply does not negatively impact the rate non-transportation customers pay
  • You are willing to absorb any increased costs caused by your return to sales service
  • You give proper notice per the General Distribution Service agreement and tariff

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Columbia Gas has always been able to supply the natural gas that I wanted and needed. Is there any chance that another supplier might not be as reliable if we have an exceptionally cold winter or other emergency?

The possibility does exist. However, there are safeguards and if you feel you would like to take advantage of them, you may contract with Columbia Gas to purchase Backup Service or you may install an alternate fuel source. We suggest you talk to your local Columbia Gas representative as well as any potential suppliers about these options.

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Will I get two bills – one from the supplier and one from Columbia Gas?

Yes. You will receive one bill from Columbia Gas and one from your supplier. Your Columbia GDS bill will reflect your distribution charges or the cost of delivering the gas to your facility. This could also include a commodity charge from Columbia Gas, which occurs when your supplier falls short in delivering enough gas to your facility. The bill from your supplier will reflect the cost of the gas commodity delivered to Columbia Gas on your behalf.

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Why can another supplier offer natural gas at a lower price than Columbia Gas?

Columbia Gas is a regulated utility required to price gas on an average basis to all customers. We also must include certain fixed charges relative to reliability of delivery. By purchasing gas from another supplier, you can tailor the level of service reliability and your supplier can target particular gas supplies to satisfy your needs.

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Would I save money if I purchase gas from a different supplier?

Costs vary from supplier to supplier. This is something you would need to discuss with potential suppliers.

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Have an emergency?

If you smell gas, think you have a gas leak, have carbon monoxide symptoms or have some other emergency situation, go outside and call 911 and then call us at 1-888-460-4332.