The Town of Rangely Gas Department is somewhat unique compared to other natural gas companies, in that there are only a few municipalities that operate their own gas company in Colorado. Over the years our community has received many benefits that a privately owned gas company may not have been able to provide, especially in the areas of customer service and overall price paid for gas. The Town Council can react to market changes much more quickly than a company that must seek approval form the Public Utility Commission to adjust rates. Personalized service, quick response to calls, numerous services provided at minimal or no cost, and scheduled main/service replacement at no cost to the homeowner are additional benefits we have. Generous rebates have been received by many of our customers when conversions from another energy source to natural gas occurred. The Gas Departments budget contributes a substantial amount in dollars to the WARM Program (assistance goes directly to our customers).
Although we are a small gas distribution company we operate under most of the same rules and regulations and do much of the same work as a company in the private sector. The safety of our community, the reliability of gas supply, and to provide competitive rates are of most importance.
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To provide safe, reliable gas service to our customers and ensure the safety of those living and working near our gas facilities and pipelines.
To educate and raise awareness of our natural gas customers and affected public: how they can help in preventing an emergency, how to recognize and respond to possible natural gas emergencies
To help excavators understand the steps that they can take to prevent damage to our underground pipelines.
The Town of Rangely wants you to be comfortable in your home. We also want you to be efficient and pay the least amount for the energy required to keep you warm on cold winter days. Conservation measures and weatherization practices can amount to significant savings. Here are some simple tips for keeping the heat inside your home while helping to save money on your gas bill. Gas Department Energy Saver Hints
Don’t forget the Town of Rangely WARM Program and other assistance programs such as LEAP for people in need. Visit our Webb site at WWW.rangely.com for information regarding the Safe use of Natural Gas.
Our Message to you
Natural gas is one of the safest and most dependable energy sources available. The use of natural gas is a safe, convenient, economical, and environmentally clean fuel. It is one of the safest fuels available for a wide range of uses including: space and water heating, cooking, clothes drying, space cooling, decorative lighting, industrial processes, and motor vehicles.
The Town of Rangely owns and operates the natural gas facilities. The system consists of about 30miles of Gas Main and 1100 Services. The area of service covers from 'Twin Arrow' west of town, east to the 'Industrial Park', north along County Rd 46 and south including CNCC and the city gas station located on County Rd 23.
The Gas department designs, installs, tests, operates and maintains our natural gas system to meet or exceed regulatory standards. Our Staff of four full-time people regularly patrol and leak survey our system facilities in an effort to eliminate potential safety hazards. Our employees are trained and qualified to safely operate and maintain our gas system. Someone is on call 24 hours a day and can be reached through the Police Department in an emergency.
The residents of Rangely are among hundreds of people who live near our pipeline facilities. We have developed brochures to help you identify our pipelines, to prevent possible pipeline safety hazards, and to provide information on recognizing and responding to natural gas emergencies . Natural gas is a colorless, odorless gas that is lighter than air. Because natural gas is lighter than air it will rise if there is a leak. An odor similar to "rotten eggs" is added to our gas as a safety measure to assist in detecting even the smallest leaks in appliances, house piping, or the distribution system.
As part of our on-going Public awareness Program, information distribution and educational presentations are performed with school children, emergency officials, other departments of the town, and the general public.
Gas pricing and purchasing Plan
Several years ago the Town Administration and Town Council prepared a Natural Gas Purchasing Plan. The plan addresses gas purchases in specific volumes at a locked in price. The town may purchase several tiers of gas (depending on the future price) during the year in an effort to keep the consumer gas cost from being affected by very high spikes. The remainder of the gas needed to supply the town’s consumption is bought at index price (whatever market price is at the time). Natural gas usage can vary depending on the weather, supply, commodity, and emotion. Therefore, it is important to only guarantee a portion of the projected annual usage avoiding over purchases. This approach helps protect the town in part from very unstable index pricing.
The customer gas rate charged consists of three parts; town operating cost, transportation cost, and gas supply.
Town Operating Cost – covers the cost to operate the gas department (includes administration, billing, dispatching, etc.), capital outlay and improvements to the distribution system. Note .. Although the operating cost has increased, this part of the gas rate has not been raised for many years, No increase expected this year.
Transportation Fee – covers the cost to transport natural gas to Rangely. Note ..This part has not been raised for many years. No increase expected this year.
Natural Gas Supply – covers the cost of natural gas needed to supply the Town of Rangely. Note: This cost goes up and down depending on the uncontrollable index price and the Natural Gas Purchasing Plan (locked in gas). . This cost is passed on to the consumer
Example of the gas rate for last billing cycle (June 2010)
Operating Cost ............ 0.30 Per/CCF
Transportation Cost ......0..047 Per/CCF
Supply Cost .................0..37 Per/CCF
Recognize & React - What to do? Some signs of a gas leak include: