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UW Offers Negotiated Gas Rate to Employees and Retirees

April 17, 2009

The University of Wyoming is offering its employees and retirees an opportunity to choose a special negotiated natural gas rate under the Choice Gas program. Employees who have not selected a supplier have until 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, to sign up for the special UW rate.

UW negotiated the special natural gas rate with SourceGas Energy Services, one of five suppliers selling gas under the Choice Gas Program. The residential rate is being offered to employees in Source Gas' Casper Division, which includes Laramie and Casper but not Cheyenne and Torrington. It is a fixed rate for the entire year for 49.5 cents per therm, says Frosty Selmer, deputy director at the Physical Plant in charge of utilities.

This is different from last year, where the rate was based on a blended rate. The blended rate included a percentage of the average residential gas volumes on a fixed rate and the remaining volumes on the CIG (Colorado Interstate Gas) Index. This new price does not include the distribution charges added to all pricing, usually 22-25 cents per therm. Employees should keep in mind that the UW options might not be the most economical.

Selmer offers these instructions for UW employees who want to sign up for the negotiated rate:
Price: Fixed Price: 49.5 cents per therm.

Mail, fax or hand deliver: Select SourceGas by using the Choice Gas Supplier Selection Form received in the mail. Sign, date and deliver the ballot to the Physical Plant Service Desk by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 29.

UW will take care of the confirmation coding. The Physical Plant is located at the northwest corner of 15th and Lewis streets, the mailing address is 1000 E. University Avenue, Department 3227, Laramie, WY 82071 and the fax number is (307) 766-4040.

A spreadsheet to compare last year's UW rate with the pass through rate can be found


Posted on Friday, April 17, 2009

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