Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. (EB-2017-0224), Union Gas Limited (EB-2017-0255) and EPCOR Natural Gas Limited Partnership (EB-2017-0275) have each applied for approval to recover the costs associated with their 2018 cap and trade compliance plans.
Under the Government of Ontario’s greenhouse gas emissions regulation each of Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., Union Gas Limited and EPCOR Natural Gas Limited Partnership are required to develop plans to meet their cap and trade compliance obligations. Each of the natural gas utilities have applied for approval to recover the costs associated with their 2018 cap and trade compliance plans. If approved, the costs of the proposed plans would raise natural gas rates by $0.40 to $0.50 on average per month starting January 1, 2018 for residential customers. The exact amount of the increase will depend on the amount of gas you use and on your gas utility. Other customers, including businesses, may also be affected.
The Ontario Energy Board will assess the cost-effectiveness of each of the cap and trade compliance plans filed by the natural gas utilities to determine whether the gas utilities can recover those costs in the rates they charge customers.
Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. and Union Gas Limited have also asked for approval of a jointly developed procurement and funding model to introduce renewable natural gas into the Ontario market.