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

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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:
 
  • Pam Helton at (678) 686-6275
  • 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.