On May 13, 2021, the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) issued Final Order 20-0606 regarding Nicor Gas’ proposed revenue-neutral tariff filing.
This Order is the result of an 11-month proceeding before the ICC in which the Company proposed several changes to its Transportation program to preserve the operating integrity of Nicor Gas’ storage fields for the long-term and treat all on-system storage users in a similar fashion. The Company will communicate the changes being made as a result of the order as the effective date approaches, beginning with Rider 25, Firm Transportation Service. Effective June 1, 2021 Nicor Gas will no longer accept applications to the Rider 25 program. The Order sunsets the program on May 1, 2022 at which time service under Rider 25 will no longer be available.
Customers served under Rider 25 will need to make a selection by February 1, 2022 to switch to another Transportation Rate (Rate 74, Rate 75, Rate 76, Rate 77, Rate 4-Rider 15, or Rate 5-Rider 15) or Sales service (Rate 4, Rate 5, Rate 6 or Rate 7 receiving Company supplied gas). Customers that do not make a selection by February 1, 2022 will default to Sales service.
Rate 4 is appropriate for commercial and industrial customers ranging from small users to those with annual use less than 800,000 therms. Rate 4 customers purchase all natural gas supplies from Nicor Gas.
The customer profile for Rate 74 is the same as Rate 4, however, customers arrange for purchases from another source and contract with Nicor Gas for varying storage and firm backup options. Rate 74 is one of our "unbundled" rates because customers can select storage and backup levels.
Rate 5 is appropriate for commercial and industrial customers with annual use less than 700,000 therms and with winter period use totaling no more than 5 percent of annual usage. Rate 5 customers purchase all natural gas supplies from Nicor Gas.
The customer profile is the same as Rate 5, however, customers arrange for purchases from another source and contract with Nicor Gas for varying storage and firm backup options. Rate 75 is one of our "unbundled" rates because customers can select storage and backup levels.
Rate 6 is economical for large commercial and industrial customers with annual loads greater than 800,000 therms and high load factors. This rate has a minimum monthly bill of $3,500, excluding gas costs. Customers purchase all natural gas supplies from Nicor Gas.
Industrial customers with a monthly use greater than 800,000 therms may find this rate most economical. Rate 7 has a minimum monthly bill of $8,900, excluding gas costs, and is dependent on load factor. A detailed analysis by the customer account executive can determine whether Rate 6 or 7 is more appropriate.
The customer profiles are the same when adding Rider 25, however, these customers arrange for purchases from another source and contract with Nicor Gas for storage and 100 percent backup service.
Nicor Gas has its Rates and Riders on file with the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) and they are also listed in our Schedule of Rates for Gas Service (ICC No. 16) – also called our Rate Book. A number of Riders on file with the ICC are updated monthly, including Rider 6 – the Gas Supply Cost (GSC). Updates to information sheets are posted on the first of each month.
Rate 1 - Residential Service
Rate 4 - General Service
Rate 5 - Seasonal Use Service
Rate 6 - Large General Service
Rate 7 - Large Volume Service
Rate 10 - Compressed Natural Gas - CANCELED
Rate 11 - Energy Service - CANCELED
Rate 17 - Contract Service
Rate 19 - Contract Service for Electric Generation
Rate 21 - Interruptible Transportation and Storage Services
Rate 74 - General Transportation Service
Rate 75 - Seasonal Use Transportation Service
Rate 76 - Large General Transportation Service
Rate 77 - Large Volume Transportation Service
Rate 81 - Energy Transportations Service - CANCELED
Rider 1 - Customer Charge Adjustment
Rider 1 History - History of Utility Assessment Recovery Charge Information Sheets
Rider 1 Info – Utility Assessment Recovery Charge Information Sheet
Rider 2 - Franchise Cost Adjustment
Rider 2 History - History of Franchise Cost Adjustment Information Sheets
Rider 2 Info - Franchise Cost Adjustment Information Sheets
Rider 3 - Invested Capital Tax Adjustment
Rider 3 History - History of Invested Capital Tax Adjustment Information Sheet
Rider 3 Info – Invested Capital Tax Adjustment Information Sheet
Rider 4 - Gas Cost Performance Program - CANCELED
Rider 5 - Storage Service Cost Recovery
Rider 5 History - History of Rider 5 Information Sheets
Rider 5 Info - Storage Service Cost Recovery Information Sheet
Rider 6 - Gas Supply Cost
Rider 6 History - History of Rider 6 Information Sheets
Rider 6 Info - Gas Supply Cost Information Sheet
Rider 7 - Governmental Agency Compensation Adjustment
Rider 7 History - History of Rider 7 Information Sheets
Rider 7 Info - Governmental Agency Compensation Adjustment Information Sheet
Rider 8 - Adjustments for Municipal and State Utility Taxes
Rider 8 History - History of Rider 8 Information Sheets
Rider 8 Info - Adjustments for Municipal and State Utility Taxes Information Sheets
Rider 9 - Air Conditioning Service - CANCELED
Rider 10 - Alternate Fuel Service - CANCELED
Rider 11 - Thermal Content of Gas Supplied
Rider 11 History - History of Rider 11 Information Sheets
Rider 11 Info - Thermal Content of Gas Supplied Information Sheet
Rider 12 - Environmental Cost Recovery
Rider 12 History - History of Rider 12 Information Sheets
Rider 12 Info - Environmental Cost Recovery Information Sheet
Rider 13 - Supplier Transportation Service
Rider 14 - Controlled Attachment Plan
Rider 15 - Customer Select Program
Rider 16 - Supplier Aggregation Service
Rider 25 - Firm Transportation Service
Rider 26 - Uncollectible Expense Adjustment
Rider 26 History - History of Rider 26 Information Sheets
Rider 26 Info - Uncollectible Expense Adjustment Information Sheet
Rider 28 - Residential Payment Assistance Programs
Rider 29 - Energy Efficiency Plan
Rider 29 History - History of Rider 29 Information Sheets
Rider 29 Info - Energy Efficiency Plan Information Sheet
Rider 30 - Energy Efficiency Plan Cost Recovery
Rider 30 History - History of Rider 30 Information Sheets
Rider 30 Info - Energy Efficiency Plan Cost Recovery Information Sheet
Rider 31 - On-Bill Financing Program
Rider 32 - Qualified Infrastructure Plant
Rider 32 History - History of Rider 32 Information Sheet
Rider 32 Info - Qualified Infrastructure Plant Information Sheet
Rider 33 - Designated Extension Service Area
Rider 33 Info – Designated Extension Service Area Information Sheet
Rider 34 - Supplier Firm Transportation Service
Rider 36 - Variable Income Tax Adjustment
Rider 36 History - History of Variable Income Tax Adjustment Information Sheet
Rider 36 Info – Variable Income Tax Adjustment Information Sheet
Rider 38 - Volume Balancing Adjustment
Rider 38 History – History of Rider 38 Information Sheet
Rider 38 Info – Volume Balancing Adjustment Information Sheet
Rider 39 - Special Purpose Charge
Rider 39 History – History of Rider 39 Information Sheet
Rider 39 Info – Special Purpose Charge Information Sheet
In February, the Illinois Commerce Commission approved Rider 34, Supplier Firm Transportation Service. This rider allows suppliers to form groups of up to 150 Rider 25 customers that are not commonly-owned, similar to the provisions of Rider 13 for Rate 74, 75, 76, and 77 accounts. However, customers in the group would still be cycle (meter) read once a month and not daily balanced. Under the rider, the supplier would have a monthly group charge and assume the responsibility (costs) for purchasing any company-supplied gas, Excess Storage charges, any applicable OFO provisions etc., plus any applicable taxes. Rider 34 is completely optional. Rider 25 as it exists today will still be available for individual customers and commonly-owned groups. Nicor Gas’ tariff Rider 34 can be accessed in the company’s rate book.
During the implementation, there will be three phases outlined below. Please note the contract deadlines.
Contracts will also be accepted after June 30, 2017 and will be processed accordingly with start dates as soon as possible thereafter.
To enroll in Rider 34, please submit the following contract forms.
Once the paperwork is received, Nicor Gas will begin the process to set up the customer accounts into groups. The Group Manager will receive an email notification that the paperwork has been received, the deposit amount will be calculated and communicated to the supplier, and the determination of the meter cycle date will be decided by Nicor Gas for each group.
The executed contract will be returned to the Group Manager with the group start date once the entire process is completed.
If you need to add or delete accounts to an already formed Rider 34 group, please submit the form below.
Nicor Gas requires adequate assurance of payment from the Group Manager prior to the start of service under Rider 34. If you are requesting to begin service in July, your deposit is due to Nicor Gas by June 15, 2017. If you are requesting to begin service in August, your deposit is due to Nicor Gas by July 15, 2017. If you are requesting to begin service in September, your deposit is due to Nicor Gas by August 15, 2017. In the event that Nicor Gas does not receive the adequate assurance of payment by the above mentioned deadlines, your start date may be delayed.
If you would like to request to utilize a parental guaranty in lieu of a cash deposit or a letter of credit, please put your request in writing. The information listed below is required with the request. Please provide information for the parent company and subsidiary, where appropriate. Nicor Gas may request additional information as it evaluates the granting of a parental guaranty.
A bill insert will be included in the June 2017 invoices advising all Nicor Gas Rider 25 customers of the program and the possibility of a meter read and billing date change if they are enrolled in the program by their supplier. Please be aware that, as part of the insert, Nicor Gas will advise the customer to contact their supplier if they have questions about getting enrolled in the program.
If you have any questions about the Rider 34 program, please contact the Nicor Gas Transportation Department by phone at 630.983.4040 option #1 or by email at GTQA@southernco.com.