Enbridge Gas Inc. 2024 Federal Carbon Pricing Program Application

Enbridge Gas Inc.
EB-2023-0196

Enbridge Gas Inc. has applied to increase its natural gas distribution rates.

Enbridge Gas Inc. has applied to increase its natural gas rates effective April 1, 2024, to recover costs associated with meeting its obligations under the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act and the regulations under the Ontario Emissions Performance Standards, as well as to recover other related account balances.

If the application is approved as filed, a typical residential customer of Enbridge Gas Inc. would see the following annual increase:

EGD Rate Zone (2,400 m3)$69.91
Union South Rate Zone (2,200 m3)$63.72
Union North Rate Zone (2,200 m3)$63.97

For a typical residential customer, these increases include an annual bill increase arising from the 2024 carbon charges of $68.79 (EGD) and $62.91 (Union South and Union North); plus, a one-time charge of $1.12 (EGD), $0.81 (Union South) and $1.06 (Union North) to recover the balances in the related deferral and variance accounts.

Other customers, including businesses, will also be affected. It’s important to review the application carefully to determine whether you may be affected by the proposed changes.

The federal government’s Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act establishes a carbon pricing program under which a natural gas utility in Ontario, such as Enbridge Gas Inc., is required to pay a carbon charge to the federal government on the volume of natural gas that it delivers to its customers, and on the volume of natural gas used in the operation of Enbridge Gas Inc.’s natural gas distribution system. The federal carbon charge came into effect on April 1, 2019, has increased annually on April 1st between 2020 and 2023 and will increase again on April 1, 2024.

The Ontario Emissions Performance Standards program is the Ontario government’s carbon pricing system for industrial emitters that came into effect on January 1, 2022, and replaced the federal government’s Output-Based Pricing System in Ontario.

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The OEB has issued a Decision and Order on the 2024 Federal Carbon Pricing Program Application.

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