What is The Best Natural Gas Rate?

Georgia natural gas deregulation began in 1997 when Governor Zell Miller signed Senate Bill 215. The legislation gave Atlanta Gaslight Company the power to store and distribute natural gas in its facilities (pipelines, storage facilities and other supporting services). Natural Gas Providers could then sell this natural gas to consumers. The role of administering gas deregulation was given to the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC). Deregulation was officially instilled on July 1, 1998. Since then, millions of Georgians have saved on thier natural gas bills. This shopping guide is designed to help you understand the Georgia Residential Gas Market, and how to get the best gas rate.


How to Get The Best Georgia Gas Rate

There are 5 steps to get a cheap natural gas rate in georgia:

  • Understand Your Natural Gas Usage
  • Know Your Credit Score
  • Understand the Terms and Conditions
  • Understand AGL Charges and AGL’s role
  • Compare Georgia Gas Rates

Understand Your Natural Gas Usage

Understanding your usage, will help you to conserve gas and get the lowest rate. The first step is to determine which appliances in your home are natural gas. Do you have natural gas heating, a natural gas clothes dryer, natural gas water heater, or a pool heater? Each of these systems use large amounts of natural gas and can cause usage spikes during cold weather periods.


Know Your Credit Score

Your credit score is generally determined by your past ability to pay your debts.  A score is generated based on your past payment history. This score, known as your FICO score is the Fair Issac Corporation rating of your risk. FICO Scores range from 300 to 850 points.

Georgia gas companies require a credit check to provide service. A Social Security Number or driver’s license is required. Georgia gas companies will often use credit models based on telecom and utility payments (cable, electricity, cell phone) The thinking is that customers often pay their utility bills before they pay their credit card bills, so they should not be penalized for missing credit card payments when applying for utility service.

There are three major consumer credit ratings companies: Experian, Equifax and Trans Union.

Each one has a specific Utility Credit Model for use by Georgia Gas Companies:

TEC Score - Experian
Vantage Score - Transunion
Exchange Risk Score- Equifax

Your Georgia Gas service deposit may range from 0-$150 or more depending on your annual usage. The Georgia PSC has rules and protections that specify the maximum amount that deposits may be.  Georgia Gas service deposit Rules

What If I Have No Credit History?

Many utilities and telecom providers do not provide payment histories to credit reporting agencies. So while you may have a 620+ FICO score, you may have a 400 Utility Score (because your previous Utility/Telecom/Electricity Company did not report your good standing) and have to pay a deposit. Many Georgia Gas Companies provide alternative ways to show previous utility credit. Most often this will be a letter from your previous Natural Gas provider stating that your account has been in good standing.  One current example of flexible credit terms is that SCANA Energy will allow you to pay your deposit over 3 bills.

Understand the Terms and Conditions

There are 2 items in the terms and conditions that will have a direct effect on your monthly gas bill:


  • Customer Service Charges
    • Customer service charges range from $4.99 to $9.99 and are based on credit history, payment history and usage.
  • Early Termination Fees
    • Early termination fees range from $50 to $150 and are based on plan length and amount of time left in the plan should you cancel.

 

Understand AGL Charges and Role

AGL (Atlanta Gas Light) is the LDC (Local Distribution Company.) They own the pipes and meters that transport gas to your home. They maintain the pipes, turn the gas on/off, roll the trucks when there’s a problem, and read the gas meters. They transmit the readings to your Gas Retailer, who then bills you. AGL charges are added to your bill, they are set by the Georgia PSC via rate tariffs and highly regulated to protect Georgia Gas customers. Ultimately AGL charges are about a third of your natural gas bill.


The key Item to understand on the AGL portion of your bill is the DDDC Factor.


What is the AGL DDDC Factor?

The DDDC or Design Day Capacity Charge covers the costs of delivering natural gas based on a customer's demand on the system on the coldest day of the year. This method allocates each customer's share of the cost of the delivery system.  It is recalculated every year, to take into account any changes in your usage patterns.

Examples of changes in your usage patterns:
You change from electric heat to gas heat
You change from a traditional gas water heater to an on-demand gas water heater
You Install a gas pool heater

A DDDC recalculation is required each year to update summer and winter usage patterns for each customer for the most recent year. The New DDDC goes into effect on or around September 1st and is recalculated annually.

AGL Base Charges for Residential Customers


Charge Name

Rate

How it’s Determined

Customer Charges

$20.09

Per Customer

Design Day Capacity Charge

$1.83

Multiplied by the DDDC Factor

Meter Reading Charge

$0.71

Per Customer

Peaking Charge

$0.00

Multiplied by the DDDC Factor

Franchise Recovery Fee

$0.6255

Multiplied by the DDDC Factor

Social Responsibility Charge

$0.117

Per Customer

Customer Education Charge

$0.00

Per Customer

Environmental Response Costs Charge

$0.1367

Multiplied by the DDDC Factor

Synergy Savings

-$.02625

Per Customer

PRP and PRP-U

$0.00

Per Customer

Tax Cut and Jobs Act Refund

$0.00

Per Customer

Senior Citizen Discount

-$14.00

Per Customer



AGL Charge

Description

Customer Charge

This charge covers the fixed costs that are unique to an individual customer.  (For example, the meter, regulator, and the service lines.)

Design Day Capacity Charge

This charge recovers all common costs of providing delivery service based on a customer's demand on Atlanta Gas Light Company's system on the coldest day of the year.

Meter Reading

This cost will recover the costs of reading the customer's meter.

Peaking Service

This charge recovers the cost of operating liquefied natural gas and propane.  The charge is only applicable to certain areas of the state.

Franchise Recovery Cost

This amount is added to the customer's bill each month to recover fees that Atlanta Gas Light Company pays to cities for the right to use public rights-of-way for the company's gas lines and other facilities.

Social Responsibility Cost Rider

The Social Responsibility Cost covers the cost of providing a senior citizens discount to eligible customers.  The rider is charged to all residential customers who are not receiving the senior citizens discount.

Customer Education

This charge covers the cost of providing customer education regarding deregulation.  Program ended as of April 1, 2001.

Environmental Recovery Cost

This charge recovers costs associated with the environmental clean-up of Manufactured Gas Plants.

Synergy Savings

This credit lowers the fixed charges to all customers.

PRP and PRP-U

This charge covers the cost of specific GPSC-approved programs to maintain the integrity and reliability of Atlanta Gas Light Company's pipes system.

Tax Cut and Jobs Act Refund

This is the first of two refunds that will take place in July and October of 2018 due to the Tax Cut and Jobs Act Legislation

Senior Citizen Discount

This is a discount that is applied to low income senior citizen residential customers with an annual income equal to or less than $24,280.

Comparing and Shopping for Natural Gas

 

Georgia Natural Gas Providers

Company Rating Phone
SCANA Energy (4.8/5)
Constellation (4.1/5) 855-798-9075
Gas South (4/5) 855-339-1693
Infinite Energy (3.5/5) 855-344-8175
XOOM Energy (3.4/5)
Major Energy (0/5)
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Fixed Rate Natural Plans in Georgia

Fixed rate natural gas plans in Georgia lock in a gas rate for a term ranging from 3 months to 5 years. The most popular terms are 12, and 24 months. They are best for shoppers looking for stable rates, and long term price protection. Fixed rate plans also have early termination fees that range from $50 - $150 depending on the amount of the remaining contract.

Fixed Rate Natural Gas Rates

Company & Plan Term Rate
SCANA Energy - 12 Month Fixed Rate Plan 12 $0.339
Gas South - Fixed 12 Month 12 $0.490
SCANA Energy - 6 Month Fixed Rate Plan 6 $0.339
Constellation - 12 Month Metro Home Plan 12 $0.349
Gas South - Fixed 6 Month 6 $0.490
Constellation - 24 Month Metro Home Plan 24 $0.339
SCANA Energy - 24 Month Fixed Rate Plan 24 $0.339
Gas South - Fixed 24 Month 24 $0.490
SCANA Energy - 18 Month Fixed Rate Plan 18 $0.329
Constellation - Power To Connect Natural Gas Plan 30 $0.449

Atlanta Natural Gas Rates as of: 11-22-2019. See all Fixed Natural Gas Rates.

Variable Rate Plans

Variable rates are best for customers who need flexibility, or are between contracts.  Your monthly bill will change and vary with the fluctuations of the natural gas market. If it’s a cold winter you will have high bills. There is risk in using these plans and we only recommend using them between contracts for 1 month periods max.

Variable Rate Georgia Natural Gas Rates

Company & Plan Term Rate
SCANA Energy - Introductory Variable Rate Plan 1 $0.299

Atlanta Natural Gas Rates as of: 11-22-2019. See all Variable Gas Rates.

Georgia Business Natural Gas Rates

Whether you're running a hair salon, a sandwich shop, an industrial shop, or a major manufacturing enterprise, getting the right business plan can make a big difference to your bottom line. Comparing Natural Gas rates is easy.

Georgia Gas Rates For Business

Company & Plan Term Rate
Infinite Energy - 12 Month Two Part Plan 12 $0.348
SCANA Energy - 6 Month Two Part Fixed Rate Plan 6 $0.409
SCANA Energy - 24 Month Two Part Fixed Rate Plan 24 $0.439
SCANA Energy - 18 Month Two Part Fixed Rate Plan 18 $0.379
SCANA Energy - 12 Month Two Part Fixed Rate Plan 12 $0.399
Constellation - TERVSB: Constellation 6 Month 6 $0.399
Constellation - Constellation 12 Month 12 $0.399
Infinite Energy - 24 Month Two Part Plan 24 $0.352
Infinite Energy - 36 Month Two Part Plan 36 $0.355
XOOM Energy - BizRescueLock 12 12 $0.499

Georgia Gas for Business prices as of 11-22-2019 See all Georgia Business Gas Rates.

 

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