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Regulated pricing of natural gas could end by 2017

The Columbus Dispatch -- By Dan Gearino -- Natural-gas deregulation took a leap forward yesterday, with the approval of plans that set the terms to eliminate regulated pricing.

With no dissent and no discussion, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio said that Columbia Gas of Ohio can eliminate regulated pricing for households, if certain conditions are met. The panel also approved a similar plan for Dominion East Ohio Gas.

Supporters say the actions will lead to greater competition and lower prices.

Opponents say the opposite is likely, because a few dominant suppliers no longer will have to compete with the regulated price.

This is a significant step in a process Ohio began in the 1990s when it began to allow households to buy gas from companies other than the utility.


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 5:00:02 AM

no surprise that it's coming. Was expecting that for a while.
LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 7:52:47 PM


I think the free market will prevail.

Good article SUV...thanks for posting!
sjf238
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 10:42:57 AM

ok
7SPEEDY7
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 6:25:29 AM

Really???
eomc17
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 1:48:54 AM

And that'll be the end of affordable natural gas. Big oil and speculators will make a KILLING!!!!! Ka-CHING!!!!
afghaned
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2013 1:41:55 AM

Free market???
Focus2
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:37:56 PM

Why would they take a clean fuel and turn it into diesel fuel?
crreed1
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:31:44 PM

we will see
52MPG
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:29:41 PM

Five years? Get the government out of the free market.
greshams
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:24:45 PM

1st I've heard of it.
Focus2
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:23:27 PM

Here we go! I wondered how long it would take. They don't want price controls and regulation if natural gas is to rise on the global market. You can kiss cheap fuel for winter months heating goodbye. Its all about the money not for the consumer but Big Energy markets. People need to be alert and not asleep about these things. Its all about exporting our gas in the form of LNG for a market that will pay several times more than it brings here.
jkpsr
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:22:28 PM

Because of the glut of natural gas supply has got to reduce the prices in the long run.
snky2k
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:19:02 PM

Bad news for consumers. Good news for stockholders.
KrsnaDragon
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:18:44 PM

This seems like a natural evolution to me.
wshokie12
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:16:38 PM

Okay.
mfeldstein
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:13:11 PM

Regulate gas prices.
Bubba44612
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:11:59 PM

Once they start exporting it prices will skyrocket again.
rahcat
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:11:09 PM

Just another way to stick it to the consumer.
Beau2140
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:09:50 PM

I woould expect that the prices would end up higher.
heartbroken2010
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:09:45 PM

i see price hikes .
pa79th
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:08:54 PM

They will find a way to stick it o the consumer.
DustyHorse
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:08:50 PM

Glad I don't live in Ohio.
VikingWoman
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:08:38 PM

Considering many power plants use natural gas to generate electricity, it will be interesting to see if this end of price regulation has the effect of lowering electric bills.
PrinceLH
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:08:26 PM

More tax revenue.
regout
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:08:13 PM

Free energy would be great...
yyc2yow
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:07:52 PM

again paying more
CarefreeVT
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:06:32 PM

Energy should be free, we should be on renewable energy by now it's 2013 ffs...
camel1
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:06:21 PM

The result can be mixed. Prices will initially decline, but probably end higher.
cheaper0ON
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:06:20 PM

Ok.
Kawibiker
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:05:56 PM

I doubt that they will get lower.. all energy is in demand and will be till we run out and so we are always going to pay for it and then pay for it again.. increases in prices go with demand..
jrschl
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:03:48 PM

Free for all.
JasTheAce
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:03:20 PM

good
CdnLynx
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:02:18 PM

The world is energy hungry, so all things energy will mean price increases and more profit for the industry and world financial sector!
They want deregulation for one reason, to increase prices and coupled with increase demand, lookout!
Eugenian
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 9:02:18 PM

Prepare to get ripped off, natural gas consumers.
clermont40miles
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 8:58:32 PM

Lower prices will be good.
hwnguy
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 8:58:25 PM

Never means lower prices
TSgtCarverRetired
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 8:56:42 PM

It might be a good thing.
N4PIP
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 8:53:41 PM

Deregulation = screwing the consumer. That's like letting a person drive without a license or speed limit.
FlyNFool
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 8:53:37 PM

ok
cifuentesab
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 8:53:13 PM

not likely
BBHybrid
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 8:53:05 PM

with all this energy, prices were supposed to drop, they will go up big time and they want cars to run on natural gas too.
vibdata
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 8:52:21 PM

De-regulation? Cheaper? Is this like the electric industry? Which is now ridiculously expensive?
mstearno
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 8:46:19 PM

too far down the road
gasmack
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 8:46:03 PM

Hmm....time will tell.
AC-302
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 8:44:22 PM

I don't like regulation, but at the same time, I don't like wide price swings, either. What the best answer is for the consumer, i don't know.
ClassicWheeler
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 8:43:57 PM

Sounds good, if it really works and what a savings we will have.
lucky69
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 8:42:59 PM

just in time for them to be more mainstream
drz614
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 8:39:34 PM

savAlot: doubtful
SavALot
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 8:37:30 PM

But is this a good thing?
NO_SWEAT
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 8:30:43 PM

Ok
Dragnet
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2013 8:26:50 PM

As long as they don't regulate my natural gas, I'll be happy. But they always have to come up with some darn thing to screw over the public
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