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Since April 1, 1999 all NIPSCO gas customers have had the opportunity
to participate in the NIPSCO Choice Program, which gives NIPSCO natural gas
customers the opportunity to choose their natural gas supplier.
NIPSCO Choice is your opportunity to:
money on your natural gas bill, purchase new products and services and take
control of your energy costs
natural gas from one of several competing gas suppliers
the same high quality service you've come to expect from NIPSCO
to receive delivery of your natural gas through the current NIPSCO distribution
If you decide to participate in NIPSCO Choice, follow these three
1.Investigate each qualified supplier
by getting information about their services, pricing and contract options. Contact
each one to discuss options.
2.Once you select a qualified supplier,
simply contact that company and follow its sign-up procedure. You will need
your account number and meter number from your NIPSCO bill. NIPSCO automatically
handles initial sign-up without any service fees.
3.The qualified supplier that you choose
will notify NIPSCO. The supply charge will appear as a separate line item on
your NIPSCO bill. NIPSCO will continue to bill you for the gas delivery service.
If you choose to stay with NIPSCO, nothing needs to be done.
Do your homework
Understanding the deregulation of the natural gas industry can
be confusing. In its most simplistic form, natural gas deregulation promotes
competition, and through that competition, you, the customer, benefit. However,
in order to fully benefit from this process you must do your homework.
The NIPSCO Choice program is designed to give you choices in who
supplies your natural gas. The most important thing for you to remember is that
you are now in the driver's seat in terms of choosing a natural gas supplier.
Make an informed decision. Consider what information you'll need, and think
about questions to ask suppliers.
1. Review your natural gas
-Make an informed choice
by comparing suppliers' prices to the gas supply charge on your NIPSCO bill.
-Compare your winter
and summer bills - gas prices are generally higher during winter months when
demand is at peak.
-Ask suppliers how often
they adjust their gas price. NIPSCO adjusts its gas supply charges monthly.
2. Compare the offers and qualifications
of all suppliers before making a decision.
vary among suppliers.
choice is handled by NIPSCO at no charge.
-Read and make sure
you fully understand all agreements before signing anything.
3. Ask suppliers about billing
procedures and options.
-Late fees, budget plans
and billing options vary among suppliers.
-NIPSCO will continue
to deliver the gas to you. We will bill you for delivery and provide billing
options like BudgetPlan and ZapCheck.
Since May 1, 2006, NIPSCO Choice customers have seen an Interstate
Pipeline Demand Cost on their monthly gas bill listed as a separate line item
under the delivery charges. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission approved
the charge to recover a portion of the cost NIPSCO incurs to maintain a reliable
supply of natural gas for Choice customers in the event customers would leave
the Choice program and return to NIPSCO. Neither NIPSCO nor the marketers profit
from this charge. NIPSCO reviews the amount of the Interstate Pipeline Demand
Cost annually and may adjust it each November 1, based on the number of customers
participating in the Choice program.
Participating qualified suppliers
When you choose a natural gas supplier other than NIPSCO, we will continue to
deliver your gas supply safety and reliably. NIPSCO will also continue to provide:
Emergency gas response
24-hour, toll-free customer service
Metering and billing
Design, installation and maintenance of NIPSCO's pipeline system
Only gas suppliers that are financially stable and reliable can
participate as qualified suppliers in the NIPSCO Choice program. These qualified
gas suppliers will provide customers with new pricing options and service alternatives.
Contact these qualified suppliers to find out how they can help you potentially
save on your energy costs.