Natural Gas and Electricity

Natural Gas and Electricity

We buy natural gas as our program participants would, if they each bought 40 million therms per year. We make wholesale suppliers compete to serve us.

SPURR aggregates buying power and expertise to provide the best available overall pricing and value in natural gas procurement at thousands of facilities for hundreds of participating agencies. Only the most competitive suppliers make the cut.

Natural gas commodity supplies procured by SPURR are delivered over the pipeline network operated by the local utility distribution company.

Although participation in electricity customer choice is currently limited by California law, we have a program to assist eligible customers with their Direct Access contracts.

Core Rate Plans

SPURR has a default “portfolio” rate plan that we recommend for core natural gas accounts. Core accounts are the most common type for our schools and colleges. Under the default plan, we procure fixed rate gas for 40% of projected portfolio needs, based on historical usage, through a competitive process at the start of each fiscal year. Fixed rates set for the entire fiscal year help participants protect their budgets. All other gas under the portfolio rate plan will be priced at variable rates that change monthly with the market. Participants can elect higher or lower levels of fixed rates, or customized plans to suit their specific needs.

Noncore Rate Plans

Accounts with average throughput of more than 20,800 therms per month, or with gas used to generate electricity are defined as nonocore under applicable regulation. We can provide fixed, variable, or more complex plans to meet risk management goals.

Who may participate in the SPURR Natural Gas Program?

Participation is open to public agencies and non-profit educational entities, whether or not they are members of SPURR. Non-member participation increases our buying power, for the benefit of all participants. Participation is not open to individuals or for-profit entities. Currently, UC and CSU campuses, municipal agencies, divisions of the State of California, and non-profit schools participate on equal terms with our member public K-12 school districts, county offices of education, and community college districts.

Program comparison – How does SPURR measure up?

For all plans, the local gas utility company (PG&E or SoCal Gas) remains responsible for all natural gas delivery, pipeline, metering and safety services. The utilities will receive the same payments for these “transportation” services under applicable tariffs. The physical natural gas supplied remains the same and program participants remain eligible for CPUC-funded energy efficiency programs.