Howland Township Announces Rate for Natural Gas Aggregation Program

Customers Will Save Almost 15% From Posted Rates

Mar 21, 2006, 00:00 ET from Commerce Energy of Ohio, Inc.

    HOWLAND, Ohio, March 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Howland Township today announced a
 fixed price of $9.45 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) of natural gas from its
 preferred supplier, Commerce Energy of Ohio, Inc.  This preferred rate for
 Howland residents could save a customer almost 15% from the Dominion East Ohio
 (DEO) rates that were filed according to the monthly gas cost recovery (GCR)
 filing with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio for March.  The rate will
 remain in effect from the May 2006 through October 2006 gas flow.  Unlike
 Commerce Energy's guaranteed rate, the utility's rate is subject to monthly
     "At a point when natural gas prices have been soaring to all-time highs,
 we are very pleased to offer Howland residents the best fixed price around for
 the next six months and will lock in a price for the upcoming winter heating
 season," said Rick Clark.
     According to the Howland's consultant, Tom Bellish of Buckeye Energy
 Brokers," the first year of the bulk buying program is off to a good start
 with the announcement of the upcoming fixed price locked in that brings
 stability amidst intense volatility in the natural gas market," said Bellish.
     There is no cost for enrollment; however, residents and businesses must
 enroll by April 28, 2006 to participate.  The toll-free Commerce Energy
 telephone number to enroll is 1-800-355-9742.
     Residents and businesses that are currently served by other suppliers
 should be aware of the obligations in their existing contracts before joining
 Howland's Natural Gas Aggregation program.
     About Buckeye Energy Brokers, Inc.
     Buckeye provides local governments with deregulated energy consulting to
 achieve buying leverage, risk mitigation, budget predictability, costs control
 and potential savings by aggregating residential and commercial customers and
 procuring deregulated energy.  As an Ohio certified energy broker, independent
 of any energy supplier, Buckeye can form buying groups creating leverage to
 negotiate competitive pricing for aggregated members.  As an experienced
 regulatory advisor for governmental aggregation, Buckeye has the most active
 Ohio natural gas contracts and has realized over $20 million in energy savings
 for aggregation groups.  Adhering to the highest standards of integrity, the
 firm is committed to delivering economically sound energy management solutions
 to improve the quality of life of our local communities.  For more information
 about Buckeye Energy Brokers, visit
     About Commerce Energy of Ohio, Inc.
     Commerce Energy, Inc. doing business as Commerce Energy of Ohio, Inc. in
 Ohio is a wholly owned subsidiary of Commerce Energy Group, Inc. (Amex:   EGR),
 a holding company doing business through its two wholly owned operating
 subsidiaries, Commerce Energy, Inc., and Skipping Stone Inc.  Commerce Energy
 is a FERC licensed unregulated retail marketer of natural gas and electricity
 to homeowners, commercial and industrial consumers, and institutional
 customers in nine states.  Our Ohio Public Utility Commission Gas Supplier
 License is 02-023(2).  Skipping Stone is an energy consulting firm serving
 utilities, pipelines, merchant trading and technology companies.  For more
 information, visit

SOURCE Commerce Energy of Ohio, Inc.