CPW began construction on a natural gas transmission and distribution system in the 1950s. The Commission began operations shortly thereafter with seven district regulators and one city gate. Today, we have two main gates, 119 distribution regulator stations and more than 780 miles of natural gas pipeline.
The City of Greer, with northern boundaries extending to the City of Landrum near the North Carolina border and current service extending north on Highway 290 to Tigerville Road and along Highway 14 North to Highway 11 in the Gowensville community; southern boundaries extending to the area known as Crescent near the town of Woodruff; eastern boundaries extending to Wellford and western boundaries to the Enoree River, including the Taylors area. Greer CPW manages approximately 25,000 gas meters in its service area. For a map, click here.
Because of our Purchased Gas Adjustments, rates may change monthly. For our rate tariff page, please click here. Rates shown are current only as of the posting date on the website. For current applicable rates, fees and other charges, please contact a customer service representative at 864.848.5500.
The listed rates are for typical accounts in typical locations and are posted here for information purposes. Actual rates for a specific account location may be different.
Natural gas prices are determined by trading on the open market, much like the stock market, so the price may vary from CPW's base price. CPW uses what's called a Purchased Gas Adjustment, or a PGA. A Purchased Gas Adjustment is a way to recover costs and protects both CPW and our customers from fluctuations in the market. The PGA may result in a charge or a credit, depending on the market. Instead of adjusting our rates on a monthly basis, we maintain the same base rate and use the PGA to reflect changes in the market price of gas.
CPW’s rates are made up of two components – our fixed operational costs to deliver the gas to our customers and the actual cost of natural gas. The actual cost of natural gas fluctuates throughout the year based on market trading conditions and other factors. Our operational costs include construction, metering, maintenance and other support services. This is a fixed cost recovered in our rates and it does not change based on natural gas market conditions.
Our rates are designed so that the actual gas cost is paid by the customer. We build the anticipated cost of natural gas in our base rate and recover market fluctuations through the PGA.
How do we measure natural gas use?
A CCF is a volumetric measure of natural gas. It represents the amount of gas contained in a space equal to one hundred cubic feet. A therm is a measurement of energy, or heat, equal to 100,000 BTU (British Thermal Units). Here at CPW, we measure in CCF.
Here's an example: If CPW's rate is $0.937 per CCF, about 45 cents of this is the estimated cost of gas. If the market drives the natural gas price, say, 20 cents higher or lower, a PGA will be added as a 20 cent charge or credit accordingly.
At CPW, we believe that natural gas represents a tremendous benefit to our community. Natural gas helps create a sustainable energy future both regionally and nationally. According to the Gas Technology Institute, natural gas offers “efficient, safe and reliable delivery and its use as an abundant, domestic, affordable, low-carbon energy source for all segments of the economy.” Research indicates that natural gas is a key component of our economy, environmental protection, and national security.
Greer CPW is also a publicly owned utility. Being publicly owned means our customers and citizens own our system. We work to keep rates competitive, and we are dedicated to contributing to the community’s well-being. A public owned utility can provide high levels of customer service, and it means that our staff and our Board are directly invested in Greater Greer’s progress and success. To learn more about the benefits of a public owned utility, watch this short video from APGA.
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