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Published April 14, 2022
The University of Wyoming is offering employees and retirees an opportunity to choose the negotiated natural gas rate under the Choice Gas program.
Employees who have not selected a supplier and rate have until 5 p.m. Thursday, April 21, to sign up for the special UW rate.
UW negotiated the special natural gas rate with Wyoming Community Gas, one of eight 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.
“The negotiated UW employee rate is a fixed two-year rate, which is at $0.598/therm for the term from June 1, 2022, through May 31, 2024,” says Shantel Smith, Utilities Management interim deputy director. “You will not have to nominate again until April 2024.”
The price does not include the distribution charges added to all options.
Employees should keep in mind that the UW option might not be the most economical. The negotiated rate is three times the 2020 rate, in part, because of market volatility, uncertainty and inflation.
Enrollment guidance from Wyoming Community Gas is:
-- To sign up for UW’s rate, a control number is required and can be found on your 2022 Wyoming Choice Gas supplier selection form, which was mailed by Black Hills Energy.
-- If you did not receive the form, your control number can be obtained by calling 1-877-245-3506 or going online to www.choicegas.com.
Once a control number is obtained, current UW employees and retirees can sign up for the negotiated fixed rate by using one of these three options:
-- Make your enrollment online by going to www.wyomingcommunitygas.org. Once you are there, enter your account number and the promo code UWYO (in all CAPS). Then, follow the steps to complete your Choice Gas enrollment. You will receive a confirmation email once your selection is processed.
-- E-mail the Wyoming Community Gas administrator directly at WyomingCommunityGas@constellation.com. Be sure to mention you are with UW, and provide your account and control numbers.
-- Call Wyoming Community Gas at 1-877-318-4051, and let a representative know you are calling to enroll using promo code UWYO.
All UW employees and retirees who enroll with Wyoming Community Gas will receive a $75 virtual gift card. The gift card email will be sent June 8 after final confirmation from Black Hills Energy. The email will be sent from The Virtual Reward Center.
“If you do not see it in your inbox, be sure to check your spam or junk folder because often it gets stuck in there,” Smith says. “You will have 90 days from the date the email is sent to select among six vendors to redeem your gift card.”
The gift card is good at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, The Home Depot, Outback Steakhouse, Walmart and Target. A valid email address is required to receive the gift card.