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 fluctuation. "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 www.buckeyeenergybrokers.com. 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 www.commerceenergy.com.
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