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Natural Gas Purchasing

At-a-Glance

Negotiating the best price for natural gas in today's deregulated environment is time-consuming and complex. GMA's natural gas purchasing service saves you money and removes the burden of figuring out what price components, rates, and plans best fits the needs of your government.


Natural Gas Purchasing

With Georgia’s natural gas deregulation, the Atlanta Gaslight Company stores and distributes natural gas in its facilities. Marketers then sell the natural gas to you. Despite deregulation and competition, most public entities overpay between 3 to 12 cents per therm of natural gas, including overpayments for pipeline and transportation costs. To help you save money, our experienced team tackles the difficult process of natural gas purchasing, negotiating, and implementing by:
 
  • Selecting your marketer and handling all negotiations. To reduce your natural gas expense, we select the right marketer and negotiate as necessary to ensure the lowest possible cost to you.
  • Regularly reviewing billing records and resolving problems with your marketer. To ensure that your natural gas marketer indeed invoices as agreed, we regularly review your billing records for errors or inconsistencies. In addition, we’ll help resolve any problems that arise along the way.

Cost

You pay no direct fee. We include a one-cent per therm of gas usage in the rate charged by the marketer as a service charge to cover our costs.

We negotiate pricing based on your natural gas usage. If your current supplier modifies their contract, we will work with that supplier to ensure that you are always paying the lowest price. If a new marketer is chosen, we will ensure that all accounts are moved to the new marketer and then follow up to confirm that the contract pricing is correct and honored month to month.

Also, we may lock a percentage of the natural gas at a fixed price and keep the remaining portion on a variable basis. This strategy gives you the benefit of a blended rate that provides budget certainty and limits the impact of energy price increases.
 

Eligibility

Any public entity served by the Atlanta Gas Light Company system is eligible for our service, including:
 
  • Cities
  • Counties
  • School boards
  • Authorities

Participating Entities

Acworth Hinesville
Alma Hiram
Alpharetta Holly Springs
Alto Homerville
Aragon Hoschton
Atlanta Jackson
Augusta Jackson Housing Authority
Augusta Housing Authority Jasper
Avera Jefferson
Avondale Estates Jeffersonville
Bacon Co Board of Education Jesup
Bacon County Johns Creek
Bacon County Hospital Johnson County
Baldwin Jonesboro
Ball Ground Kennesaw
Barnesville Kingsland
Barnesville Housing Authority Lake City
Bishop Lilburn
Bloomingdale Lithonia
Bogart Locust Grove
Bowdon Lookout Mountain
Braselton Ludowici
Bremen Lula
Brookhaven Lumber City
Brunswick Madison County
Calhoun Maysville
Canton McDonough
Carlton McIntyre
Catoosa County Milledgeville
Catoosa Utility District Authority Milledgeville Housing Authority
Cave Spring Milner
Cedartown Molena
Cedartown Housing Authority Montezuma
Chamblee Morrow
Chatham County Mount Vernon
Chatsworth Mount Zion
Chickamauga Nelson
Clarkesville Oglethorpe
Clermont Palmetto
Colbert Pendergrass
College Park Pooler
College Park Housing Authority Port Wentworth
Columbia County Porterdale
Comer Reidsville
Conyers Remerton
Cornelia Ringgold
Coweta County Board of Education Riverdale
Cumming Rockmart
Dade County Rome
Dahlonega Rossville
Dallas Roswell
Danielsville Sandersville
Danielsville Housing Authority Sandersville Housing Authority
Darien Sandy Springs
Davisboro Senoia
Dawsonville Smyrna
Decatur Soperton
Demorest Stapleton
Dexter Stockbridge
Doraville Stone Mountain
Douglasville Swainsboro
Duluth Talmo
Dunwoody Temple
East Ellijay Tennille
East Point Thomaston
Eastman Thunderbolt
Eastman Housing Authority Tignall
Ellijay Trenton
Ellijay-Gilmer County Water and Sewer Authority Twin City
Emanuel County Tyrone
Emanuel County Board of Education Union City
Euharlee Valdosta
Fairburn Valdosta Housing Authority
Fairmount Vidalia
Fayetteville Villa Rica
Flowery Branch Waleska
Floyd County Walthourville
Forest Park Warrenton
Forsyth Washington County
Fort Oglethorpe Washington County Board of Education
Franklin Washington County Regional Medical Center
Gibson Watkinsville
Glennville Waycross
Griffin Wayne County
Grovetown Whitesburg
Hampton Winterville
Harlem Woodstock
Harrison Wrightsville
Helen Zebulon
Hephzibah

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Getting Started

To begin using the service is simple.

Once the contract between GMA and the public entity is signed and current natural gas account information is provided to GMA's consultant, Phelts and Associates, pricing is negotiated based on the entity's usage of natural gas. If the current supplier modifies their contract, Phelts and Associates will work with that supplier to ensure that the lower pricing model is implemented.

If a new marketer is chosen, Phelts and Associates will ensure that all accounts are moved to the new marketer and then follow up to confirm that the contract pricing is honored on all accounts.


Who can use this service?

Any public entity that is served by the Atlanta Gas Light Company system, including cities, counties, school boards and authorities.


What benefits can I expect to achieve through this service?

Based on our analysis, most public entities are overpaying between three to twelve cents per therm of natural gas, including overpayments for pipeline and transportation costs. Additionally, you will have the assurance that your government's natural gas costs have been competitively negotiated or bid by an industry professional who provides on-going monitoring of your accounts.


How much does the service cost?

There is no direct fee. A one-cent per therm service charge is included in your bill to cover the cost of the service.


What do I need to provide GMA to participate in the service?

  • A list of gas accounts by the Atlanta Gas Light Company (AGLC) account numbers or one invoice for each account. The Atlanta Gas Light Company account number may be different from the account number assigned by your marketer. It is a 10 digit number commonly described on the bill as the "AGLC Number."
  • Signed contract, including an agency form.
  • A copy of a few recent gas invoices.
  • Any known gas contract terms to help us evaluate cost for you.
  • Advise us of any special needs or requirements for your entity.
TAKE THE NEXT STEP
If you have any questions or would like more information about this program, please reach out to:
 
  • Alan Dickerson at (678) 686-6213
  • Eileen Thomas at (678) 686-6232
  • Brent Phelts at (404) 271-7077
  • Outside Atlanta? Call toll-free to (888) 488-4462.
WHY GMA?
As a result of GMA’s Natural Gas Purchasing Service, cities and other governmental entities have saved over $1,000,000. With over 180 governments using the service, they are taking advantage of our managed group purchasing to achieve savings that no one entity could achieve on its own. Our consultant, Brent Phelts, has spent over 25 years in senior level positions with Atlanta Gas Light. In addition to assisting with GMA’s program, Mr. Phelts also provides assistance to the state of Georgia and numerous private clients.