Though most of this site focuses on electric choice, there are many states that have deregulated both their electricity and natural gas markets.
Natural Gas Deregulation
The map below shows natural gas restructuring by state. In states that have “unbundled” natural gas, residential and small business customers may be able to participate in natural gas choice. Visit the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) website for natural gas programs in your state.
Retail Natural Gas & Electricity Providers: Shop Separately
Customers in areas that are both natural gas- and electricity-deregulated are able to shop around for the supply portion of both commodities. In most cases, retail energy providers will not have the best rates for both, so be sure to shop for these separately.
Having the same provider for both commodities will not increase reliability, since the distribution, transmission, and energy reliability is the responsibility of your utility. You will still receive one utility bill, sent by your utility company. The only difference here is that you will have different rates on the supply portions of your natural gas and electricity statements.
As retailers, gas and electricity providers create plans in the same way as electricity service providers. As natural gas is not generated the same as electricity, there is not a “renewable” aspect to it (though natural gas is certainly cleaner than coal). Therefore, these plans are mainly focused on rates – by offering fixed rates for a specified contract period or variable rates on a month-to-month basis. They may also include discounts and incentives.