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  1. When is my payment due?
  2. Where do I send my payment?
  3. What happens if my bank won't pay my check or transfer?
  4. How can I change my name and/or mailing address?
  5. How did I get enrolled in this program?
  6. Who do I call if I have questions about my program?
  7. How do I cancel my enrollment?
  8. What is the difference between Nicor Advanced Energy and Nicor Gas?
  9. I believe I am owed a credit. How can I confirm that?
Q 1:

When is my payment due?

A 1:

Your bill is due on or before the date shown on your bill stub.

  • Residential customer bills are due 21 days after they are issued.
  • Commercial customer bills are due 14 days after they are issued.
Q 2:

Where do I send my payment?

A 2:
If your energy plan amount is billed on the Nicor Gas bill, you should send payment to:

 

       Nicor Gas

       P.O. Box 5407

       Carol Stream, IL 60197-5407

 

If your energy plan amount is billed on the Nicor Advanced Energy bill, you should send payment to:

 

      Nicor Advanced Energy

      Remittance Processing

      PO Box 30093

      Lansing, MI 48909-7593

Q 3:

What happens if my bank won't pay my check or transfer?

A 3:
If your bank returns a check, or an electronic transfer is refused due to insufficient funds, an additional charge of $25.00 may be added to your account.  Please be aware that we don’t resubmit checks for a second attempt at payment.
Q 4:

How can I change my name and/or mailing address?

A 4:
You can easily change your name and/or mailing address when you send a payment. Just place a mark in the check box above the address shown on the payment slip that comes with your statement, then turn the slip over and add your new address information. Be sure to include your payment slip when you send in your payment. If you are moving, please call us at 1-877-292-9363.
Q 5:

How did I get enrolled in this program?

A 5:
We often send solicitations via mail, email and the Internet inviting individuals to enroll by phone, online, or by reply card. 
Q 6:

Who do I call if I have questions about my program?

A 6:
Call us at 1-877-292-9363 and one of our associates will be happy to assist you. Please have your account number handy before making the call.
Q 7:

How do I cancel my enrollment?

A 7:
Call us at 1-877-292-9363. Please refer to your terms and conditions to learn more about canceling your enrollment, as well as any cancellation fees that may apply if you do so during your contract term.
Q 8:

What is the difference between Nicor Advanced Energy and Nicor Gas?

A 8:
Nicor Advanced Energy (NAE) is not the same company as Nicor Gas Company, and the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) does not regulate NAE’s prices. You do not have to buy products or services from NAE in order to receive the same quality of service from the gas utility. Nicor Gas does not set the price you pay for such service nor does the ICC regulate the prices offered by NAE.

Q 9:

I believe I am owed a credit. How can I confirm that?

A 9:
Call us at 1-877-292-9363 and one of our associates will be happy to assist you. Please have your account number handy before making the call.
  1. What is the Nicor Advanced Energy Guaranteed Bill program?
  2. What are the benefits of Guaranteed Bill?
  3. How is my company’s monthly amount calculated?
  4. How long is the Guaranteed Bill quote good for?
  5. How long is my company's billing cycle?
  6. Are there any additional fees to enroll in the Guaranteed Bill program?
  7. Are there any fees if I decide to cancel?
  8. What is rescission and how is it different from cancellation?
  9. When will I receive my company’s first bill from Nicor Advanced Energy with the Guaranteed Bill amount?
  10. What happens if my company pays more or less than its Guaranteed Bill amount in a given month?
  11. What happens at the end of my company’s 12-month Guaranteed Bill agreement?
  12. If my company currently has a credit balance on its utility account, is the Nicor Advanced Energy Guaranteed Bill amount adjusted by taking that balance into account?
  13. Is the Guaranteed Bill program a savings plan?
  14. Can my company be on another Choice program and request to go on the Guaranteed Bill program?
  15. What is the difference between Nicor Advanced Energy and Nicor Gas?
  16. What if my company is already enrolled in the utility's budget plan and wants to enroll in the Nicor Advanced Energy Guaranteed Bill program?
  17. Who do I contact if there is a gas leak or we need the gas company to come out to our premises?
Q 1:

What is the Nicor Advanced Energy Guaranteed Bill program?

A 1:
Nicor Advanced Energy’s Guaranteed Bill program is a way to lock in the amount you pay for gas for 12 months, regardless of changes in gas prices or your usage due to weather.  
Q 2:

What are the benefits of Guaranteed Bill?

A 2:

By locking in the amount you pay for gas over 12 months, your company’s monthly bill will not change – guaranteed!

  • Because there are no periodic adjustments, your company is protected from rising gas prices and unpredictable weather
  • Makes monthly budgeting easy
  • Know exactly how much you’re paying for gas each month 
Q 3:

How is my company’s monthly amount calculated?

A 3:

Your Guaranteed Bill amount is customized for you based on several factors, including gas use in your company in the past, gas prices, and normal weather conditions.

Your Guaranteed Bill customized monthly amount includes:

  • All natural gas-related costs
  • Any program administration fees
  • Any applicable taxes 
Q 4:

How long is the Guaranteed Bill quote good for?

A 4:
Once your company has been given a Nicor Advanced Energy Guaranteed Bill quote, you have until the end of that day to enroll and lock in at that price. If you choose not to enroll until a later date, please be aware that your Guaranteed Bill quote may change.
Q 5:

How long is my company's billing cycle?

A 5:
Your billing cycle is 14 days, similar to the utility's terms.
Q 6:

Are there any additional fees to enroll in the Guaranteed Bill program?

A 6:

No extra charges or additional monthly fees are added to your Guaranteed Bill amount after you’ve enrolled. Your Nicor Advanced Energy Guaranteed Bill amount includes:

  • All natural gas-related costs
  • Program administration fees
  • Any applicable taxes 
Q 7:

Are there any fees if I decide to cancel?

A 7:

Agreements vary based on such factors as time of enrollment or inclusion of special offers.

  • If your agreement contains a cancellation fee, please note that there is no cancellation fee if you cancel your agreement within 10 business days of the issue date of your first company bill.
  • If you terminate this agreement or otherwise cause the termination of this agreement after the 10-business-day period, a termination fee of $50 will apply.
You’ll be responsible for the period of time you are on the plan. Be sure you understand your cancellation terms before you enroll.





Q 8:

What is rescission and how is it different from cancellation?

A 8:

Rescission means "to take away" or "to take back".The rescission of a contract returns the parties in the contract to the positions they would have occupied if the contract had not been made. If you decide to rescind your contract, you have 10 days from the postmark date of the gas utility letter to request rescission of your company’s contract with Nicor Advanced Energy. If a contract is rescinded, you’ll remain a customer of the energy supplier you had contracted with prior to enrolling in the Nicor Advanced Energy contract.

  • To rescind your contract in Nicor Gas territory, call 1-888-NICOR4U (1-888-642-6748)
  • In Peoples Gas territory, call 1-866-556-6001
  • In North Shore Gas territory, call 1-866-556-6004
Q 9:

When will I receive my company’s first bill from Nicor Advanced Energy with the Guaranteed Bill amount?

A 9:
After you enroll, you company will receive at least one more regular gas bill, which your company will be responsible for paying. Your company will become active in the Guaranteed Bill program at the first meter reading after the utility accepts you into its Choice program. 
Q 10:

What happens if my company pays more or less than its Guaranteed Bill amount in a given month?

A 10:
The amount you overpay will be considered a credit, which can be applied toward your next month's Guaranteed Bill amount if you so desire. Underpaying will result in a past-due balance that will appear on your next month's bill. Your company will still be responsible for any past-due balance and any potential late-payment fees (1.5% of your outstanding balance). Nicor Advanced Energy reserves the right to terminate Guaranteed Bill service due to nonpayment.
Q 11:

What happens at the end of my company’s 12-month Guaranteed Bill agreement?

A 11:

Before your 12-month Guaranteed Bill agreement ends, we will forward your company’s new Guaranteed Bill amount for the next 12-month period, along with your new terms and conditions.

  • If you accept the amount and terms, do nothing and your 12-month Guaranteed Bill amount will go into effect automatically under our then-current plan terms.
  • If you don’t want your company’s agreement to renew, call us at 1-877-292-9363 within 30 days of the postmarked date of your new amount and terms to cancel your agreement.
Nicor Advanced Energy reserves the right not to renew your company’s Guaranteed Bill agreement. 
Q 12:

If my company currently has a credit balance on its utility account, is the Nicor Advanced Energy Guaranteed Bill amount adjusted by taking that balance into account?

A 12:
No. Your Nicor Advanced Energy Guaranteed Bill quote does not take into account any credit balance your company may currently have. Once you have enrolled in the Guaranteed Bill program, we’ll request the utility issue your company a refund check so the funds can be used toward future Guaranteed Bill amounts. 
Q 13:

Is the Guaranteed Bill program a savings plan?

A 13:
No. This is a convenience plan. You may or may not save money compared to traditional utility service.

Q 14:

Can my company be on another Choice program and request to go on the Guaranteed Bill program?

A 14:
No. If you decide to enroll your company in the Guaranteed Bill program, you agree to cancel your company’s contract with your current provider. Prior to enrolling in the Guaranteed Bill program, your company should review its current alternative gas provider contract or contact its current supplier to determine if they have any cancellation fees.

Q 15:

What is the difference between Nicor Advanced Energy and Nicor Gas?

A 15:
Nicor Advanced Energy (NAE) is not the same company as Nicor Gas Company, and the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) does not regulate NAE’s prices. You do not have to buy products or services from NAE in order to receive the same quality of service from the gas utility. Nicor Gas does not set the price you pay for such service nor does the ICC regulate the prices offered by NAE.

Q 16:

What if my company is already enrolled in the utility's budget plan and wants to enroll in the Nicor Advanced Energy Guaranteed Bill program?

A 16:
If your company decides to enroll in Nicor Advanced Energy’s Guaranteed Bill program, the company will automatically be removed from its current budget plan and enrolled in our Guaranteed Bill plan. Your company will remain responsible for any balance it may owe, and the balance will appear on your company’s final utility bill. If your company has built a credit balance, Nicor Advanced Energy can ask the utility to issue your company a refund check so it can use these funds toward future Guaranteed Bill amounts.
Q 17:

Who do I contact if there is a gas leak or we need the gas company to come out to our premises?

A 17:
You will still be a gas utility customer for delivery services. The toll-free number to call in the Nicor Gas territory in case of emergencies or if you smell natural gas is 1-888-Nicor4U (1-888-642-6748). The toll-free number to call in the Peoples Gas territory is 1-866-556-6002. The toll-free number to call in the North Shore Gas territory is 1-866-556-6005.
  1. How does the TruBalance Plan work?
  2. What are the benefits of TruBalance?
  3. How is the TruBalance amount determined?
  4. What index do you use for your variable price?
  5. How long is the TruBalance quote good for?
  6. What happens at the end of my company’s TruBalance contract?
  7. Are there any fees associated with the program?
  8. Is there a fee if I decide to cancel?
  9. What is rescission and how is it different from cancellation?
  10. Will my company save money on the TruBalance program compared to what it would have paid on traditional gas utility service?
  11. If my company is already with another supplier, how can I get it on the TruBalance program?
  12. What is the difference between Nicor Advanced Energy and Nicor Gas?
  13. Who do I contact if I have a gas leak or need the gas company to come out to our premises?
  14. Is the gas supply purchased through TruBalance secure and reliable?
Q 1:

How does the TruBalance Plan work?

A 1:

Nicor Advanced Energy's TruBalance Plan is a combination of a variable priced product and a fixed price product. This means that half of your company’s monthly gas usage is billed at a fixed price per therm for one year, and half of your monthly usage is billed at the first-of-month Bidweek Survey index price, published in Natural Gas Intelligence, plus a set cost per therm.

Half of your usage is insulated from fluctuating natural gas prices because your price per therm remains unchanged. Half of your usage is billed based on prevailing monthly market prices.

Q 2:

What are the benefits of TruBalance?

A 2:

By blending fixed and variable prices into a single plan, your company gets some degree of protection whether prices rise or fall.   

  • If prices fall, TruBalance may provide potential savings compared to a fixed price product
  • If prices rise, TruBalance may provide protection compared to a straight variable product 
Q 3:

How is the TruBalance amount determined?

A 3:

With TruBalance:

  • Half of your company’s monthly usage is locked in at a fixed price per therm. That fixed price is based on market prices on your date of enrollment and remains unchanged for a year. 
  • The other half of your company’s monthly usage is calculated from a monthly, variable market-based price plus a set cost per therm.

 

Q 4:

What index do you use for your variable price?

A 4:
For the variable portion, Nicor Advanced Energy uses the first-of-month Bidweek Survey index price at the Chicago Citygate published in Natural Gas Intelligence plus a fixed cents per therm charge. This index is commonly used in the natural gas industry to establish monthly pricing.
Q 5:

How long is the TruBalance quote good for?

A 5:
Once you’ve been given a TruBalance quote for half of your usage, you will have until the end of that business day to enroll and lock in the quoted price. If you choose not to enroll until a later date, your company’s TruBalance quote may change.
Q 6:

What happens at the end of my company’s TruBalance contract?

A 6:

Before your 12-month TruBalance agreement ends, we will:

  • Send your company its fixed price per therm — for half of your usage — for the next 12 months.
  • Send you the set cost per therm on the variable price, and a written notice if there are changes to the terms and conditions of the TruBalance agreement.
  • Renew your enrollment automatically at that new rate and terms unless you notify us at 1-877-292-9363 within 30 days of the postmark date of your new amount and terms.
Nicor Advanced Energy reserves the right  to not renew your company’s TruBalance Plan agreement.
Q 7:

Are there any fees associated with the program?

A 7:
There are no enrollment fees or extra charges to enroll in this plan.
Q 8:

Is there a fee if I decide to cancel?

A 8:

There is no cancellation fee if your company cancels its agreement within 10 business days of the issue date of your company’s first bill.

If you terminate this agreement or otherwise cause the termination of this agreement after the 10-business-day period, a termination fee of $50 will apply. You’ll be responsible for the period of time your company is on the plan. To cancel your TruBalance Plan, call us at 1-877-292-9363. Cancellation fees may apply.

Q 9:

What is rescission and how is it different from cancellation?

A 9:

Rescission means "to take away" or "to take back". The rescission of a contract returns the parties in the contract to the positions they would have occupied if the contract had not been made. If you decide to rescind your TruBalance contract, you have 10 days from the postmark date of the gas utility letter to request rescission of your contract with Nicor Advanced Energy. If a contract is rescinded, you’ll remain a customer of the energy supplier you had contracted with prior to enrolling in the Nicor Advanced Energy contract.

  • To rescind your contract in Nicor Gas territory, call 1-888-NICOR4U (1-888-642-6748)
  • In Peoples Gas territory, call 1-866-556-6001
  • In North Shore Gas territory, call 1-866-556-6004
Q 10:

Will my company save money on the TruBalance program compared to what it would have paid on traditional gas utility service?

A 10:
Your company may or may not save money on the TruBalance program compared to traditional utility service.

Q 11:

If my company is already with another supplier, how can I get it on the TruBalance program?

A 11:
If you decide to enroll your company in the TruBalance program, your company’s contract with its current supplier will be canceled. Prior to enrolling in the TruBalance program, you should review your company’s current supplier contract or contact your current supplier to determine if there are any cancellation fees.

Q 12:

What is the difference between Nicor Advanced Energy and Nicor Gas?

A 12:
Nicor Advanced Energy (NAE) is not the same company as Nicor Gas Company, and the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) does not regulate NAE’s prices. You do not have to buy products or services from NAE in order to receive the same quality of service from the gas utility. Nicor Gas does not set the price you pay for such service nor does the ICC regulate the prices offered by NAE.



Q 13:

Who do I contact if I have a gas leak or need the gas company to come out to our premises?

A 13:

You will still be a gas utility customer for delivery services. In case of emergencies or if you smell natural gas:

  • Nicor Gas territory – Call toll-free 1-888-Nicor4U (1-888-642-6748)
  • Peoples Gas territory – Call toll-free 1-866-556-6002
  • North Shore Gas territory – Call toll-free 1-866-556-6005
Q 14:

Is the gas supply purchased through TruBalance secure and reliable?

A 14:

Yes. You’ll be purchasing your company’s natural gas from Nicor Advanced Energy. The utility will continue to deliver your gas, read your meter and provide emergency service.

Nicor Advanced Energy has been approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission to supply gas to residential and small commercial customers within the Nicor and Peoples Gas/North Shore Gas territories. In addition, Nicor Advanced Energy has been approved to participate in the Customer Select® and Choices for YouSM programs. As an approved supplier, we will sell your company gas and deliver it to the gas utility system. The utility is still responsible for delivering this gas to your company and maintaining their distribution system.

If gas supplies from Nicor Advanced Energy are interrupted, the gas utility will provide back-up supplies so long as their supplies have not been interrupted.
  1. How does the PriceGuard plan work?
  2. What are the benefits of PriceGuard?
  3. How is the PriceGuard amount determined?
  4. How long is the PriceGuard quote good for?
  5. How long is my company's billing cycle?
  6. What happens at the end of my company’s PriceGuard contract?
  7. Are there any additional fees to enroll in the PriceGuard program?
  8. Is there a fee if I decide to cancel?
  9. What is rescission and how is it different from cancellation?
  10. Will my company save money on the PriceGuard program compared to what it would have paid on traditional gas utility service?
  11. If my company is already with another supplier, can it get on the PriceGuard program?
  12. What is the difference between Nicor Advanced Energy and Nicor Gas?
  13. When will my company receive its first bill with its PriceGuard charges?
  14. Who do I contact if I have a gas leak or need the gas company to come out to our premises?
  15. Is the gas supply purchased through PriceGuard secure and reliable?
Q 1:

How does the PriceGuard plan work?

A 1:
On traditional utility service, your price per therm of gas can change monthly. Nicor Advanced Energy's PriceGuard plan lets you lock in a fixed price per therm for your company’s natural gas for 12 months. Since the price of natural gas changes frequently as a result of weather, economic conditions or other factors, you will have the peace of mind of knowing that your company is protected from fluctuations in the market price of natural gas.

Q 2:

What are the benefits of PriceGuard?

A 2:

Your company is protected from fluctuating natural gas prices for 12 months, due to changing market prices that affect your monthly gas bill.  Your company’s price per therm remains unchanged no matter how much natural gas prices fluctuate, even during winter.

Q 3:

How is the PriceGuard amount determined?

A 3:

Your company’s PriceGuard amount per therm is based on several factors such as the current price of natural gas, and other program costs.

  • Once your company is enrolled in PriceGuard, its stated price per therm will not change for 12 months
  • Each month your company’s PriceGuard bill will consist of the set price per therm multiplied by the therms it used in that period

Q 4:

How long is the PriceGuard quote good for?

A 4:
Once you’ve been given a PriceGuard quote, we encourage you to enroll by the end of that business day to lock in the quoted price. If you choose not to sign up until a later date, your PriceGuard quote may change.
Q 5:

How long is my company's billing cycle?

A 5:
Your PriceGuard bill is due 14 days after the invoice date, the same as the utility company.
Q 6:

What happens at the end of my company’s PriceGuard contract?

A 6:

Before your company’s 12-month PriceGuard agreement ends, we will:

  • Send your company its new PriceGuard amount for the next 12-month period, and a written notice if there are changes to the terms and conditions of the PriceGuard agreement.
  • Show your company’s fixed price per therm for the next 12 months on your renewal, and an administration fee, if applicable.
  • Renew your company’s enrollment automatically at that new rate and terms unless you notify us at 1-877-292-9363 within 30 days of the postmark date of your new rate and terms.
Nicor Advanced Energy reserves the right not to renew your company’s PriceGuard agreement.
Q 7:

Are there any additional fees to enroll in the PriceGuard program?

A 7:
There are no enrollment fees.
Q 8:

Is there a fee if I decide to cancel?

A 8:

There is no cancellation fee if you cancel your company’s agreement within 10 business days of the issue date of your company’s first bill.

If you terminate this agreement or otherwise cause the termination of this agreement after the 10-business-day period, a termination fee of $50 will apply. You’ll be responsible for the period of time you are on the plan. To cancel your PriceGuard plan, call us at 1-877-292-9363. Cancellation fees may apply.

Q 9:

What is rescission and how is it different from cancellation?

A 9:

Rescission means "to take away" or "to take back". The rescission of a contract returns the parties in the contract to the positions they would have occupied if the contract had not been made. If you decide to rescind your PriceGuard contract, you have 10 days from the postmark date of the gas utility letter to request rescission of your contract with Nicor Advanced Energy. If a contract is rescinded, you will remain a customer of the energy supplier you had contracted with prior to enrolling in the Nicor Advanced Energy contract.

  • To rescind your contract in Nicor Gas territory, call 1-888-NICOR4U (1-888-642-6748)
  • In Peoples Gas territory, call 1-866-556-6001
  • In North Shore Gas territory, call 1-866-556-6004
Q 10:

Will my company save money on the PriceGuard program compared to what it would have paid on traditional gas utility service?

A 10:
Your company may or may not save money compared to what it would have paid for traditional utility service.
Q 11:

If my company is already with another supplier, can it get on the PriceGuard program?

A 11:

If you decide to enroll your company in the PriceGuard program, your company’s contract with its current supplier will be canceled. Prior to enrolling in the PriceGuard program, you should review your company’s current supplier contract or contact your current supplier to determine if there are any cancellation fees.

Q 12:

What is the difference between Nicor Advanced Energy and Nicor Gas?

A 12:
Nicor Advanced Energy (NAE) is not the same company as Nicor Gas Company, and the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) does not regulate NAE’s prices. You do not have to buy products or services from NAE in order to receive the same quality of service from the gas utility. Nicor Gas does not set the price you pay for such service nor does the ICC regulate the prices offered by NAE.

Q 13:

When will my company receive its first bill with its PriceGuard charges?

A 13:
After your company enrolls, it will receive at least one more regular gas bill, which it will be responsible for paying. Your company will become active in the PriceGuard program at the first meter reading after the utility accepts you into the utility’s Choice program. Your company will receive its first PriceGuard charges approximately 30 days after becoming active in the PriceGuard program.
Q 14:

Who do I contact if I have a gas leak or need the gas company to come out to our premises?

A 14:

You will still be a gas utility customer for delivery services. In case of emergencies or if you smell natural gas:

  • Nicor Gas territory – Call toll-free 1-888-Nicor4U (1-888-642-6748)
  • Peoples Gas territory – Call toll-free 1-866-556-6002
  • North Shore Gas territory – Call toll-free 1-866-556-6005
Q 15:

Is the gas supply purchased through PriceGuard secure and reliable?

A 15:

Yes. You’ll be purchasing your company’s natural gas from Nicor Advanced Energy. The utility will continue to deliver your gas, read your meter and provide emergency service.

Nicor Advanced Energy has been approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission to supply gas to residential and small commercial customers within the Nicor and Peoples Gas/North Shore Gas territories. In addition, Nicor Advanced Energy has been approved to participate in the Customer Select® and Choices for YouSM programs. As an approved supplier, we will sell your company gas and deliver it to the gas utility system. The utility is still responsible for delivering this gas to your company and maintaining their distribution system.

If gas supplies from Nicor Advanced Energy are interrupted, the gas utility will provide back-up supplies so long as their supplies have not been interrupted.

  1. How does the Commercial FlexPlan program work?
  2. What are the benefits of FlexPlan?
  3. How are my company’s Commercial FlexPlan charges determined?
  4. What is the monthly market price Nicor Advanced Energy uses?
  5. When will my company receive its first bill with its Commercial FlexPlan charges?
  6. How long will my company’s Commercial FlexPlan agreement last?
  7. Will my company save money on the Commercial FlexPlan compared to what it would have paid on traditional utility service?
  8. Are there any additional fees to enroll in the Commercial FlexPlan program?
  9. Is there a fee if I decide to cancel?
  10. What is rescission and how is it different from cancellation?
  11. Can my company be with another supplier and request to go on FlexPlan?
  12. What is the difference between Nicor Advanced Energy and Nicor Gas?
  13. When will my company receive its first bill with the Commercial FlexPlan amount?
  14. Who do I contact if there is a gas leak or we need the gas company to come out to our premises?
  15. Is the gas supply purchased through my FlexPlan secure and reliable?
Q 1:

How does the Commercial FlexPlan program work?

A 1:
Nicor Advanced Energy's Commercial FlexPlan is a variable-rate billing program that allows you to purchase your company’s natural gas based on a monthly market price.
Q 2:

What are the benefits of FlexPlan?

A 2:

Commercial FlexPlan provides gas price flexibility: Your company’s price per therm varies up and down with the market price of natural gas.

  • If prices fall, Commercial FlexPlan may provide potential savings compared to a fixed-price product.
  • If gas prices rise, the price you pay per therm will go up since Commercial FlexPlan is based on the prevailing market prices of natural gas.
  • You may also save from milder weather and any conservation measures that result in lower usage.
Once you've enrolled your company in Commercial FlexPlan, you may switch to one of our other price protection plans, if eligible, to give you more control over your company’s gas bill or to take advantage of favorable market conditions.

Q 3:

How are my company’s Commercial FlexPlan charges determined?

A 3:
Your company’s Commercial FlexPlan charge is based on its monthly usage as determined by the natural gas utility and the first-of-month Bidweek Survey index price at the Chicago Citygate, published in Natural Gas Intelligence, plus a fixed cents-per-therm charge.

Q 4:

What is the monthly market price Nicor Advanced Energy uses?

A 4:
Nicor Advanced Energy uses the first-of-month Bidweek Survey index price at the Chicago Citygate published in Natural Gas Intelligence plus a fixed cents per therm charge. The index is commonly used in the natural gas industry to establish monthly pricing.
Q 5:

When will my company receive its first bill with its Commercial FlexPlan charges?

A 5:
After your company enrolls, it will receive at least one more regular gas bill, which it will be responsible for paying. It will become active in FlexPlan at the first meter reading after being accepted into the utility's Choice program.
Q 6:

How long will my company’s Commercial FlexPlan agreement last?

A 6:

Commercial FlexPlan is a month-to-month agreement. Once you’ve enrolled your company in Commercial FlexPlan, you may switch it to one of our other price protection programs, if eligible, to give more control over your company’s gas bill or to take advantage of favorable market conditions. Commercial FlexPlan can be canceled at any time without cancellation fees.

Q 7:

Will my company save money on the Commercial FlexPlan compared to what it would have paid on traditional utility service?

A 7:
You may or may not save money on Commercial FlexPlan compared to traditional utility service.
Q 8:

Are there any additional fees to enroll in the Commercial FlexPlan program?

A 8:
No. There are no enrollment fees or extra charges to enroll in Commercial FlexPlan.
Q 9:

Is there a fee if I decide to cancel?

A 9:

Commercial FlexPlan is a month-to-month agreement. You may cancel without penalty. However, you are responsible for any remaining unpaid balances for the period your company was on Commercial FlexPlan. To discontinue the program, simply call or write us, and we will change your company’s service to one of our other price protection plans, if eligible, or return it to utility service at the beginning of the next billing cycle. To cancel, please call us at 1-877-292-9363.

Q 10:

What is rescission and how is it different from cancellation?

A 10:

Rescission means "to take away" or "to take back". The rescission of a contract returns the parties in the contract to the positions they would have occupied if the contract had not been made. If you decide to rescind your Commercial FlexPlan contract, you have 10 days from the postmark date of the gas utility letter to request rescission of your company’s contract with Nicor Advanced Energy. If a contract is rescinded, your company will remain a customer of the energy supplier you had contracted with prior to enrolling in the Nicor Advanced Energy contract.

  • To rescind your contract in Nicor Gas territory, call 1-888-NICOR4U (1-888-642-6748)
  • In Peoples Gas territory, call 1-866-556-6001
  • In North Shore Gas territory, call 1-866-556-6004
Q 11:

Can my company be with another supplier and request to go on FlexPlan?

A 11:
If you decide to enroll your company in Commercial FlexPlan, your contract with your current supplier will be canceled. Prior to enrolling in Commercial FlexPlan, you should review your company’s current supplier contract or contact your company’s current supplier to determine if there are any cancellation fees.

Q 12:

What is the difference between Nicor Advanced Energy and Nicor Gas?

A 12:
Nicor Advanced Energy (NAE) is not the same company as Nicor Gas Company, and the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) does not regulate NAE’s prices. You do not have to buy products or services from NAE in order to receive the same quality of service from the gas utility. Nicor Gas does not set the price you pay for such service nor does the ICC regulate the prices offered by NAE.

Q 13:

When will my company receive its first bill with the Commercial FlexPlan amount?

A 13:
After you enroll your company, you’ll receive at least one more regular gas bill, which you will be responsible for paying. Your company will become active in Commercial FlexPlan at the first meter reading after the utility accepts it into the utility's Choice program. You’ll receive your first FlexPlan charges approximately 30 days after your company becomes active in the FlexPlan.
Q 14:

Who do I contact if there is a gas leak or we need the gas company to come out to our premises?

A 14:

You will still be a gas utility customer for delivery services. In case of emergencies or if you smell natural gas:

  • Nicor Gas territory – Call toll-free 1-888-Nicor4U (1-888-642-6748)
  • Peoples Gas territory – Call toll-free 1-866-556-6002
  • North Shore Gas territory – Call toll-free 1-866-556-6005
Q 15:

Is the gas supply purchased through my FlexPlan secure and reliable?

A 15:

Yes. You’ll be purchasing your company’s natural gas from Nicor Advanced Energy. The utility will continue to deliver your gas, read your meter and provide emergency service.

Nicor Advanced Energy has been approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission to supply gas to residential and small commercial customers within the Nicor and Peoples Gas/North Shore Gas territories. In addition, Nicor Advanced Energy has been approved to participate in the Customer Select® and Choices for YouSM programs. As an approved supplier, we will sell your company gas and deliver it to the gas utility system. The utility is still responsible for delivering this gas to your company and maintaining their distribution system.

If gas supplies from Nicor Advanced Energy are interrupted, the gas utility will provide back-up supplies so long as their supplies have not been interrupted.
  1. How does the PriceCap Plan work?
  2. What are the benefits of PriceCap plan?
  3. How are my company’s PriceCap plan charges determined?
  4. What is the market price Nicor Advanced Energy uses for the PriceCap product?
  5. How long is my company’s PriceCap quote good for?
  6. How long will my company’s PriceCap Plan agreement last?
  7. When will my company’s PriceCap plan begin?
  8. What are the other advantages of enrolling with Nicor Advanced Energy?
  9. Is there a fee if I decide to cancel?
  10. What is rescission and how is it different from cancellation?
  11. Can my company be with another supplier and request to go on PriceCap plan?
  12. What is the difference between Nicor Advanced Energy and Nicor Gas?
  13. When will my company receive its first bill with PriceCap plan charges?
  14. Who do I contact if there is a gas leak or we need the gas company to come out to our premises?
  15. Is the gas supply purchased through my PriceCap plan secure and reliable?
Q 1:

How does the PriceCap Plan work?

A 1:
Nicor Advanced Energy's PriceCap provides both protection and flexibility.   Your company is protected against rising natural gas prices with the flexibility of paying less if monthly market gas prices decrease.  Your company’s guaranteed maximum price per therm  is determined at the time of enrollment.   Your company’s monthly price is based on monthly market natural gas prices plus a fixed cents per therm charge.  Your company will always pay the lower price per therm amount- guaranteed - during your 12-month term.

Q 2:

What are the benefits of PriceCap plan?

A 2:

The PriceCap plan provides both protection and flexibility.  Your company is protected against rising natural gas prices with the flexibility of paying less if monthly market gas prices decrease. 

The PriceCap plan may provide potential savings compared to a fixed-price product should prices fall. Unlike fixed price plans, with the PriceCap plan your company enjoys both protection and flexibility.  Your company’s guaranteed maximum price per therm is determined at the time of enrollment.   Your company’s monthly price is based on monthly market natural gas prices plus a fixed cents per therm charge.   Your company will always pay the lower price per therm amount – guaranteed - during your 12-month contract term. Your company may also save from milder weather and any conservation measures that result in lower usage
Q 3:

How are my company’s PriceCap plan charges determined?

A 3:

On traditional utility service, your price per therm can change monthly. With the PriceCap plan, your company will pay no more than the quoted maximum per-therm price.  This price is set by Nicor Advanced Energy at the time of enrollment.  If the market-based price on your plan falls below your maximum per-therm price, your company will pay the lower amount.  Nicor Advanced Energy use the first-of-month Bidweek Survey index price at the Chicago Citygate published in Natural Gas Intelligence plus a fixed cents-per-therm charge to determine the market-based price. This index is commonly used in the natural gas industry to establish monthly pricing. The plan includes a $1.99 monthly administrative fee.

Q 4:

What is the market price Nicor Advanced Energy uses for the PriceCap product?

A 4:
For the PriceCap product, Nicor Advanced Energy uses the first-of-month Bidweek Survey index price at the Chicago Citygate published in Natural Gas Intelligence (NGI) plus a fixed cents per therm charge. This index is commonly used in the natural gas industry to establish monthly pricing.
Q 5:

How long is my company’s PriceCap quote good for?

A 5:
Once you have been given a Nicor Advanced Energy PriceCap guaranteed per-therm quote for your company, we encourage you to enroll by the end of that day to lock in that price. If you choose to wait to sign up until a later date, please be aware that your PriceCap quote may change.
Q 6:

How long will my company’s PriceCap Plan agreement last?

A 6:
PriceCap is a yearly agreement. Your agreement lasts for 12 months.
Q 7:

When will my company’s PriceCap plan begin?

A 7:
After you enroll, your company will receive at least one more regular gas bill, which it will be responsible for paying. Your company will become active in the PriceCap plan at the first meter reading after the utility accepts it into the Choice program.
Q 8:

What are the other advantages of enrolling with Nicor Advanced Energy?

A 8:
You can trust a Nicor company to deliver on its contracted pricing commitments. As an industry leader, we are committed to customer satisfaction with a team of customer service professionals ready to help you find the right natural gas plan for you. You also gain access to special discounts on a wide variety of warranty plans through our affiliate company, Nicor Home Solutions.
Q 9:

Is there a fee if I decide to cancel?

A 9:

There is no cancellation fee if you cancel your agreement within 10 business days of the issue date of your first company bill.

If you terminate this agreement or otherwise cause the termination of this agreement after the 10-business-day period, a termination fee of $50 will apply. You’ll be responsible for the period of time you are on the plan. To cancel, call us at 1-877-292-9363. Cancellation fees may apply. 

Q 10:

What is rescission and how is it different from cancellation?

A 10:

Rescission means "to take away" or "to take back". The rescission of a contract returns the parties in the contract to the positions they would have occupied if the contract had not been made. If you decide to rescind your PriceCap contract, you have 10 days from the postmark date of the gas utility letter to request rescission of your company’s contract with Nicor Advanced Energy. If a contract is rescinded, your company will remain a customer of the energy supplier you had contracted with prior to enrolling in the Nicor Advanced Energy contract.

  • To rescind your contract in Nicor Gas territory, call 1-888-NICOR4U (1-888-642-6748)
  • In Peoples Gas territory, call 1-866-556-6001
  • In North Shore Gas territory, call 1-866-556-6004
Q 11:

Can my company be with another supplier and request to go on PriceCap plan?

A 11:

If you decide to enroll in PriceCap plan, your company’s contract with your current supplier will be canceled. Prior to enrolling in PriceCap plan, you should review your company’s current supplier contract or contact your current supplier to determine if there are any cancellation fees.

Q 12:

What is the difference between Nicor Advanced Energy and Nicor Gas?

A 12:
Nicor Advanced Energy (NAE) is not the same company as Nicor Gas Company, and the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) does not regulate NAE’s prices. You do not have to buy products or services from NAE in order to receive the same quality of service from the gas utility. Nicor Gas does not set the price you pay for such service nor does the ICC regulate the prices offered by NAE.

Q 13:

When will my company receive its first bill with PriceCap plan charges?

A 13:
After you enroll, your company will receive at least one more regular gas bill, which your company will be responsible for paying. Your company will become active in the PriceCap program at the first meter reading after acceptance into the utility’s Choice program. Your company will receive its first PriceCap charges approximately 30 days after it become active in the PriceCap plan.
Q 14:

Who do I contact if there is a gas leak or we need the gas company to come out to our premises?

A 14:

You will still be a gas utility customer for delivery services. In case of emergencies or if you smell natural gas:

  • Nicor Gas territory – Call toll-free 1-888-Nicor4U (1-888-642-6748)
  • Peoples Gas territory – Call toll-free 1-866-556-6002
  • North Shore Gas territory – Call toll-free 1-866-556-6005
Q 15:

Is the gas supply purchased through my PriceCap plan secure and reliable?

A 15:

Yes. You’ll be purchasing your company’s natural gas from Nicor Advanced Energy. The utility will continue to deliver your gas, read your meter and provide emergency service.

Nicor Advanced Energy has been approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission to supply gas to residential and small commercial customers within the Nicor and Peoples Gas/North Shore Gas territories. In addition, Nicor Advanced Energy has been approved to participate in the Customer Select® and Choices for YouSM programs. As an approved supplier, we will sell your company gas and deliver it to the gas utility system. The utility is still responsible for delivering this gas to your company and maintaining their distribution system.

If gas supplies from Nicor Advanced Energy are interrupted, the gas utility will provide back-up supplies so long as their supplies have not been interrupted.