DG 99-021
                    Northern Utilities, Inc.
            Petition For Approval of Tariff Changes
   Order NISI Approving Tariff Clarification of Interruptible
 Transportation and Sales Services and also Compliance with the
                  Gas Industry Standards Board
                    O R D E R   N O.  23,152
                       February 22, 1999
       Northern Utilities, Inc. (Northern) filed a petition on
     February 8, 1999 to modify its existing tariff by clarifying the
     Interruptible Transportation (IT) and Interruptible Sales (IS)
     Service terms and conditions.  Northern proposes to modify its IT
     and IS Services to require for all interruptible customers a
     mandatory thirty-day curtailment period during the winter season.
     Under Northern's proposal, customers would be notified five (5)
     business days prior to the commencement of the curtailment
     period.  In addition, Northern will continue to curtail IT and IS
     Services on any other day outside of the 30-day curtailment
     period to the extent Northern determines that the interruption is
     necessary to allow Northern to optimize the use of the
     distribution system for service to firm transportation and sales
       Interruptible Transportation and Interruptible Stand-By
     Gas Supply Services are currently subject to interruption and/or
     curtailment.  Northern states that the requested changes clarify
     the availability of interruptible service as a service which is
     not available year round.  The tariff changes also serve to
     further distinguish interruptible service from firm gas service. 
       Northern also proposes to change the start of the gas
     day from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. A gas day is a period of
     twenty-four (24) consecutive hours used by the delivering
     pipeline.  The proposed change will bring Northern into
     compliance with the Gas Industry Standards Board gas day, which
     was implemented on June 1, 1997.
       We approve the requested changes to the IT and IS
     Services tariffs.  The public interest is served by a clear
     delineation among services offered by Northern resulting from
     differences in the underlying costs of the services.  
     Additionally, we approve the revision to the gas day.  We
     recognize that Northern's tariffs should reflect industry
     standards where appropriate and it is also consistent with the
     10:00 a.m. gas day already used by EnergyNorth Natural Gas, Inc.
       Based upon the foregoing, it is hereby 
       ORDERED NISI, that Northern's proposed revisions to its
     tariffs for Interruptible Transportation and Interruptible Sales
     Services are APPROVED; and it is
       FURTHER ORDERED, that Northern shall cause a copy of
     this Order Nisi to be published once in a statewide newspaper of
     general circulation or of circulation in those portions of the
     state where operations are conducted, such publication to be no
     later than March 1, 1999 and to be documented by affidavit filed
     with this office on or before March 8, 1999; and it is
       FURTHER ORDERED, that Northern shall notify its
     existing and known prospective IT and IS Service customers of the
     proposed tariff changes by sending a copy of this Order Nisi by
     first class mail, such notification to be no later than March 1,
     1999; and it is
       FURTHER ORDERED, that all persons interested in
     responding to this petition be notified that they may submit
     their comments or file a written request for a hearing on this
     matter before the Commission no later than March 15, 1999; and it
       FURTHER ORDERED, that any party interested in
     responding to such comments or request for hearing shall do so no
     later than March 22, 1999; and it is
       FURTHER ORDERED, that this Order Nisi shall be
     effective March 24, 1999, unless the Commission provides
     otherwise in a supplemental order issued prior to the effective
     date; and it is
       FURTHER ORDERED, that Northern shall file a compliance
     tariff with the Commission on or before March 24, 1999, in
     accordance with N.H. Admin. Rules, Puc 1603.02(b).
       By order of the Public Utilities Commission of New
     Hampshire this twenty-second day of February, 1999.
           Douglas L. Patch       Susan S. Geiger     Nancy Brockway
               Chairman           Commissioner          Commissioner
     Attested by:
     Thomas B. Getz
     Executive Director and Secretary