TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 16, 2009) - Enbridge Gas Distribution (TSX:ENB) (NYSE:ENB), a regulated utility, announced today that it has received approval from the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) for its April 1, 2009 rates. The changes are primarily due to a decrease in North American natural gas prices and the implementation of Enbridge Gas Distribution's 2009 rates.
For typical residential customers(i) who buy their gas supply from Enbridge Gas Distribution, the changes will result in a decrease of about $230 annually. There is also a Gas Cost Adjustment Refund of about $100 during the next nine months for typical residential customers who buy their natural gas from Enbridge Gas Distribution.
The Gas Supply Charge has decreased to 23.5 cents per cubic metre (cents/m3) from 30.4 cents/m3. The Gas Cost Adjustment Refund is 6.1 cents/m3 for the period from April 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009.
Enbridge Gas Distribution does not earn a profit on the price of natural gas. Customers who purchase their gas supply from Enbridge Gas Distribution pay the same price that the Company pays to purchase the natural gas in the North American market. Market prices are usually reviewed every three months and, if prices have gone up or down, Enbridge applies to the OEB for an adjustment to its prices to reflect the changes. Any difference between forecast costs and actual prices is either collected from or returned to customers through a Gas Cost Adjustment.
Gas supply costs are passed through to customers without any mark-up. Enbridge Gas Distribution earns an OEB-approved regulated rate of return, or profit, on the distribution of natural gas.
Residential customers who purchase their natural gas from a marketer will see their bill decline by approximately $20 annually due to a decrease in delivery costs. The Gas Supply Charge for these customers will depend on their contracts with their marketers.
Natural gas remains the most economical choice for home and water heating in Ontario. Over the past five years, natural gas has been on average 40 per cent less expensive than electricity and 38 per cent less expensive than oil.(ii)
Customers are encouraged to visit www.enbridgegas.com to look for energy efficiency tips that will help them get the best value for their energy dollar, find out about the Winter Warmth program and sign up for eBill, Enbridge's electronic billing service.
Enbridge Gas Distribution has a 160-year history and is Canada's largest natural gas distribution company. Enbridge Gas Distribution is owned by Enbridge Inc., a Canadian-based leader in energy transportation and distribution. As a distributor of energy, Enbridge owns and operates distribution services in Ontario, which distributes natural gas to about 1.9 million customers in Ontario, New York State, New Brunswick and southwestern Quebec.
Please see the attached backgrounder for more information about Enbridge Gas Distribution's prices.
(i) A typical residential customer uses 3,064 cubic metres of natural gas a year for home and water heating.
(ii) Based on a five-year rolling average from May 2004 to April 2009. Natural gas prices based on Enbridge Gas Distribution's April 2009 prices. Electricity prices based on Toronto Hydro rates that went into effect November 2008 and are approved by the Ontario Energy Board. Oil prices are based on rates as of January 2009. The calculations are done on an energy equivalent basis. Estimates do not include taxes or any rental or financing costs.
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