|By Jon Chavez, The Blade, Toledo, Ohio|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
But the offers "were not very competitive off of
A year ago, the coalition signed a contract with IGS Energy that saved participants between
That deal expired
"I was surprised, not because I could guess where the price of gas was going. I just sort of thought with the size of [the group] that NOAC can provide that we would get some attractive offers," she added.
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NOAC represent between 45,000 and 55,000 residents in
Public rate auctions have cut the service fees
"If you look historically, six-seven-eight years ago, Columbia's [gas cost recovery] rate was still in force and those prices were
Also, suppliers might be worried that agreeing to a low rate now might hurt them later if another severe winter occurs, gas usage goes up, and they must buy additional gas supplies -- at higher prices -- to fulfill their contract,
Without a NOAC contract, coalition residents likely will have to decide whether to stay with
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