The information provided below explains the noncore gas service options available to eligible SDG&E customers and provides step-by-step instructions for completing the noncore service agreement.
After you have entered the appropriate customer information requested in the top section of the first page, proceed to Step . If you do not know your account number or gas meter number, contact your account representative or SDG&E’s Customer Contact Center.
A critical piece of customer information requested on the first page of the noncore service agreement is the identification of the appropriate "primary" and "alternate" gas curtailment contact names and phone numbers.
Noncore customers are required to keep SDG&E informed of any changes to the gas curtailment contact information provided in their "Request For Retail Noncore Gas Services" agreement.
Step One: Request For Core Classification
As an eligible noncore customer, you have the option of electing core service. If you decide to take core service and you want SDG&E to provide bundled gas transportation and commodity supply, please indicate your preference by circling “A” Core Bundled Service.
If you prefer to purchase your gas supply from a third party, please circle “B” Core Transportation-Only Service. In order to elect core transportation-only service, you and your gas supplier must follow the procedures set for the in SDG&E’s gas rule 32.
After making your core service election, skip to Step 7, sign and date on the last page and return the entire set of pages contained in the agreement to SDG&E.
If your choice is to take noncore service, circle “No” (which simply means you are not requesting core service) and proceed to Step 3.
Step Two: Noncore Meter Service Pressure
This section will be completed by SDG&E. The price of noncore gas transportation service may vary based upon whether the customer receives service at medium, high, or transmission pressure level.
The rate for unregulated high-pressure (service from a SDG&E gas pipeline rated above 99 psig), or transmission-level (service from a SDG&E transmission rated gas pipeline, typically above 400 psig), is lower than the rate for regulated service from a pipeline rated at or below 99 psig.
Customers located adjacent to a high-pressure or transmission-level rated SDG&E pipeline may request service at a pressure other than medium. Medium pressure service is typically provided at a rating of 60 psig.
Step Three: Electric Generation (EG)
If you use natural gas to produce electricity, this section must be completed. If you do not use natural gas for the production of electricity, skip to step 4.
Check the first box if the entire amount of gas through the meter is used for the production of electricity
If the gas meter serves an electric generation unit and other load, check the second box and enter the electric generation unit’s average heat rate in the space provided. The heat rate will be used to determine the amount of gas used to generate electricity.
If the heat rate is not provided, or the one provided cannot be verified by SDG&E, the default heat rate of 10,600 Btu per kWh (or 0.106 therms per kWh) will be used.
If the annual monthly average volume of excess gas is equal to or greater than 20,800 therms, you may elect to have the excess gas delivered under noncore transportation service, otherwise all excess gas will be billed on the appropriate core rate.
A customer generating electricity with a qualifying cogeneration system (must meet efficiency standards set forth in PU Code, Section 218.5) may also have excess gas delivered under noncore transportation service if the gas is consumed by a standby boiler used only when the cogeneration system is not operating.
Step Four: Intrastate Transportation Election
Check the appropriate box for Bundled or Unbundled intrastate transportation service.
Bundled Intrastate Transportation Service
Provides for noncore transportation service from the California border, across the Southern California Gas Company’s pipeline, and through the SDG&E pipeline system to the customer’s meter.
Customers electing bundled service will be billed only by SDG&E and will receive one bill for gas transportation service.
The bundled transportation rate for electric generation customers is Schedule EG. The bundled transportation rate for non-electric generation is Schedule GTNC.
Step Five: Self-Procurement Service
Due to regulations imposed by The California Public Utilities Commission, SDG&E is not authorized to provide gas procurement services to noncore customers. As a result, noncore customers are required to purchase their gas commodity from a supplier other than SDG&E. Please provide the requested information regarding your gas supplier in this section.
In order for SDG&E to provide third parties with access to usage data, customers must provide the appropriate authorization. This authorization will also allow gas suppliers to perform other services, as specified. Please identify the name of your gas supplier/marketer, their phone number, fax number and e-mail address.
If at a later date, you wish to switch your gas supplier, customers are required to provide SDG&E with a minimum 15-days advance written notice (mail/fax to Rate Support). The notice must include the new gas supplier/marketer's name, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address. A change in gas suppliers must become effective on the first day of the selected calendar month.
Franchise Fees are paid by SDG&E to municipalities for the nonexclusive right to install and maintain gas transmission and distribution pipelines and equipment on public rights of way. When customers self-procure their gas supply, SDG&E is required by law to collect a municipal surcharge which is found in SDG&E’s rate Schedule GP-SUR.
Changes to Schedule GP-SUR are submitted to the CPUC on a monthly basis along with SDG&E’s monthly gas rate changes. Charges associated with Schedule GP-SUR appear on self-procurement customers gas transportation bills as a separate line item.
Step Six: Additional Terms and Conditions of Service
Used for awarding any core volumes that might also be served through the same meter that serves noncore volumes.
May only be filled out during an open season. Firm awards will be determined at the close of open season when firm service requests are compared with available firm capacity.
If, during an open season you select sequence 02 volumes for firm noncore service, you will be subject to use-or-pay charges. Firm service volumes can not be requested except during an open season typically held in February.
You must use at least 75% of your firm volumes in order to avoid use-or-pay charges. Use-or-pay charges will be based on the difference between what was used and 75% of the contracted volume and charges at 80% of the applicable transportation rate.
If you would like to aggregate accounts for the purposes of use-or-pay, please indicate the accounts to be aggregated on page 3.
The section new noncore customers will typically be filling out. A minimum of one therm is required regardless of expected use. There are no use-of-pay obligations associated with interruptible volumes.
If you Still have Questions
At this point, all noncore customers should have completed their "Request For Retail Noncore Gas Services" agreement and have an understanding of their service options.
However, if you have any questions about your noncore gas service options, please feel free to contact SDG&E's Rate Support team.
Terms and Conditions
The general terms and service conditions that apply to noncore gas service are described in SDG&E's Gas Rule 25. All noncore customers are required to enter into a gas service agreement with SDG&E (Request For Retail Noncore Gas Services, Form 142-1259). SDG&E will counter sign the agreement and return a fully executed copy to the customer for its records.
The original agreement is maintained on file by SDG&E's Rate Support section. Customers with multiple meters that qualify for noncore service must complete a separate agreement for each meter.