Despite Challenges of 2020, Gas Utility Business Satisfaction Increases, J.D. Power Finds
Atmos Energy, BGE, Southwest Gas and TECO Peoples Gas Rank Highest in Respective Regions
COSTA MESA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is no surprise that businesses are struggling. One small bright spot exists, however, as satisfaction with gas utilities increases from 2019, according to the J.D. Power 2020 Gas Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study,SM released today. While 14% of businesses say they are worse off compared with a year ago, 67% of respondents said they are aware their gas utility offers various forms of support, which has led to a new level of overall satisfaction across the nation.
“It is very encouraging to see natural gas providers continue to improve the customer experience, especially with the challenges this year has brought,” said Carl Lepper, director of the utility practice at J.D. Power. “Commercial consumption of natural gas is lower than last year and, given the current work climate, we don’t yet know if this is a new normal. We will only know once traditional payment policies are reinstated and businesses start functioning at their pre-virus capacities.”
The industry results for the 2020 study are reported across four U.S. geographic regions: East, Midwest, South and West. The following utilities rank highest in customer satisfaction in their respective region:
- East: BGE (for third consecutive year)
- Midwest: Atmos Energy
- South: TECO Peoples Gas (for second consecutive year)
- West: Southwest Gas
Now in its 16th year, the Gas Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study measures business customer satisfaction with gas utility companies in four regions: East, Midwest, South and West. Each of the 60 brands included in the study serve more than 25,000 business customers, representing more than 4.4 million business customers in total. Overall satisfaction is measured by examining six factors (listed in order of importance): safety and reliability (25%); billing and payment (17%); corporate citizenship (15%); customer service (15%); price (15%); and communications (13%).
The study is based on responses from more than 9,600 online interviews with business customers who spend at least $150 monthly on natural gas. The study was fielded in two waves: January through April and May through September 2020.
For more information about the Gas Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study, visit https://www.jdpower.com/business/utilities/gas-utility-business-customer-satisfaction-study
See the online press release at http://www.jdpower.com/pr-id/2020135.
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