Enbridge Gas Inc. application to raise its natural gas rates effective April 1, 2020 to recover costs associated with the federal government’s Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act

Enbridge Gas Inc.
EB-2019-0247

Enbridge Gas Inc. (Enbridge Gas) has applied to the Ontario Energy Board for approval to increase its rates effective April 1, 2020, to recover the costs associated with meeting its obligations under the federal government’s Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act. Enbridge Gas has also applied to recover from customers the balances in the related deferral and variance accounts.

The Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act establishes a carbon pricing program under which a natural gas utility in Ontario, such as Enbridge Gas, is required to pay a carbon charge for the natural gas that it delivers to its customers. The carbon charge came into effect on April 1, 2019, and will increase on April 1, 2020. The costs related to emissions from the operation of Enbridge Gas’ natural gas distribution system are also increasing.

Enbridge Gas says that if its application is approved as filed, it will have the following bill impacts:

  • A typical residential customer in the EGD rate zone (former customers of Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.) will see a bill increase of $68.75. This is composed of a $47.16 yearly bill increase arising from the 2020 carbon charges, plus a one-time charge of $21.59, to recover the balances in the related deferral and variance accounts.
  • A typical residential customer in the Union South rate zone (former customers of Union Gas Limited), will see a bill increase of $61.32. This is composed of a $43.15 yearly bill increase from the 2020 carbon charges, plus a one-time charge of $18.17, to recover the balances in the related deferral and variance accounts.
  • A typical residential customer in the Union North rate zone (former customers of Union Gas Limited), will see a bill increase of $61.97. This is composed of a $43.15 yearly bill increase arising from the 2020 carbon charges, plus a one-time charge of $18.82, to recover the balances in the related deferral and variance accounts.

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

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The OEB has issued an Interim Decision and Order on Enbridge Gas Inc.'s 2020 Federal Carbon Pricing Program Application.

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