Natural Gas Office of Competitive Market Oversight (OCMO)

By order adopted on Sept. 11, 2008, the PUC released an Action Plan to implement various measures identified by a report submitted by the SEARCH Working Group (Stakeholders Exploring Avenues for Removing Competition Hurdles). This Working Group was charged with identifying measures that can be taken to promote the development of a competitive market for natural gas supply in the Commonwealth.

After review of the SEARCH Report, the Commission found that it was in the public interest to establish the creation of an Office of Competitive Market Oversight (OCMO) to oversee competition in the retail natural gas supply market.  The OCMO promotes the development of the competitive retail natural gas market. The Office also facilitates the resolution of disputes between natural distribution companies (NGDCs) and natural gas suppliers (NGSs) and provides a forum for informally addressing obstacles faced by NGSs in participating in the retail market. 

Issues that NGSs wish to have considered for mediation by the OCMO should be sent to ra-OCMO@pa.gov.

For information on the Commission’s Investigation of Pennsylvania’s Retail Natural Gas Market, please see the following page of the Commission’s website: Retail Natural Gas Markets Investigation.  For the Natural Gas Supply Market information, go to SEARCH.

Orders

Order- Rulemaking to amend the provisions of 52 Pa. Code, Chapter 59 regulations regarding standards for changing a customer's natural gas supplier. Public Meeting of April 20, 2017. Docket No. L-2016-2577413.

Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Order- Rulemaking ot amend the provisions of 52 Pa. Code, Chapter 59 regulations regarding standards for changing a customer's natural gas supplier. Public Meeting of December 22, 2016. Docket No. L-2016-2577413.

Final Rulemaking Order regarding Customer Information Disclosure Requirements for NGSs Providing Natural Gas Supply to Residential & Small Business Customers - Public Meeting of April 21, 2016. Docket No. L-2015-2465942.

Tentative Order on the Interim Guidelines Regarding Standards for Changing a Customer's Natural Gas Supplier - Public Meeting of September 17, 2015. Docket No. I-2013-2381742.

Opinion & Order on Petition for Clarification of Commission Supplier Marketing Regulations; 52 Pa. Code §111.7 - Public Meeting of April 23, 2015. Docket No. P-2015-2464976.

Tentative Order on NGDC Customer Account Number Access Mechanism for NGSs - Public Meeting of April 9, 2015. Docket No. M-2015-2468991.

Proposed Rulemaking Order Regarding Customer Information Disclosure Requirements - Public Meeting of March 26, 2015. Docket No. L-2015-2465942. Amendments and additions to Title 52 of the Pennsylvania Code, Sections 62.72, 62.75, and 62.81.

Tentative Order on Request for Clarification on Notice Requirements for Combined Electricity & Natural Gas Disclosure Statements - Public Meeting of July 9, 2014. Docket No. L-2014-2409385. Clarification on 52 Pa. Code, Sections 54.5, 54.10 and 62.75.

Order Regarding the Licensing Requirements for Natural Gas Regulations - Public Meeting of November 14, 2013. Docket No. L-2011-2266832.

Final Order on Interim Guidelines for NGDC Eligible Customer Lists - Public Meeting of August 15, 2013. Docket No. M-2012-2324075.

Final Rulemaking Order on Licensing Requirements for Natural Gas Suppliers - Regarding Regulations at 52 Pa. Code § 62.101 – § 62.102. From the Public Meeting of August 15, 2013. Docket No. L-2011-2266832.

Advanced Notice of Final Rulemaking Order - Licensing Requirements for Natural Gas Suppliers, Regulations at 52 Pa. Code § 62.101 – § 62.102.  Docket Number L-2011-2266832. From the Public Meeting of Feb. 28, 2013.

Order on Interim Guidelines on Marketing and Sales Practices for EGSs and NGSs - Order and Annex A on Interim Guidelines on Marketing and Sales Practices for Electric Generation Suppliers and Natural Gas Suppliers. Docket No. M-2010-2185981. Dated November 4, 2010.

Secretarial Letters

Secretarial Letter - Announces launch of new stand-alone PAGasSwitch website. Dated February 22, 2016.

Secretarial Letter - Establishes the Office of Competitive Market Oversight (OCMO) within the Director of Operations' office. Docket No. M-2009-2082042.