FERC Rate Case - Volunteer Energy - Midwest Natural Gas & Electricity

790 Windmiller Drive
Pickerington, OH 43147

January 31, 2021

Valued Customers/Brokers/Aggregation Communities:

Re: FERC Rate Case RP20-1060

On July 31, 2020, Columbia Gas Transmission (“TCO”) filed a rate case with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) proposing to nearly double storage and transmission costs on TCO starting February 1, 2021. TCO is a regional interstate natural gas pipeline which we are required to use to deliver gas to our customer base on various utilities. Volunteer Energy, on behalf of our Natural Gas Customers, and in conjunction with other Retail Suppliers filed to intervene and object to the massive cost increase filed at FERC.

Volunteer Energy, along with other Natural Gas Suppliers have no alternative and must abide by the increased tariff rate structure imposed by Columbia Gas Transmission, effective February 1, 2021. If we do not comply with the new rate increase, we will not be permitted to deliver gas to you. In the interim, Volunteer Energy is working diligently to ensure that this federal regulatory event does not disproportionately affect any of its customers.

Note that at the most recent Columbia Gas of Ohio SCO Auction which took place in January 2021, PUCO Staff noted the TCO rate case resulted in an upward retail price adjustment of $0.063 per Ccf for Columbia Gas and Dominion West and $0.041 per Ccf for Vectren Energy Delivery of Ohio over the 2020 rate. PUCO Staff found these increases reasonable under the circumstances. You can expect to see a similar TCO rate adjustment beginning in February 2021 Columbia Gas and Vectren Energy bills.

If you have any questions, please feel to e-mail me at jeinstein@volunteerenergy.com.

Sincerely,

John L. Einstein, IV, Esq.
General Counsel