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.