Enbridge Gas Distribution Adjusts Prices
TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Mar 23, 2004) - Enbridge Gas 
Distribution has received approval from the Ontario Energy Board 
to adjust its prices effective April 1, 2004. 

The utility's gas supply charge will increase by approximately 14 
per cent. The utility's new residential gas supply price will be 
24.07 cents per cubic metre changing from 21.21 cents per cubic 
metre. The 2.2 cents per cubic metre surcharge that was 
implemented effective January 1, 2004 will end. This surcharge 
only applied to customers who buy the gas they use from the 

The delivery charge will increase for all customers due to higher 
tolls to transport gas from Western Canada to Ontario. 

Change for Residential Customers 

The impact of the changes effective April 1, 2004 will vary based 
on the amount of gas a customer uses and whether the customer 
buys their natural gas from the utility or a natural gas 

For typical(1) residential customers who buy their gas supply 
from Enbridge Gas Distribution, a regulated utility, the gas 
supply and delivery charge changes will result in an increase of 
about $94 dollars on the total annual bill. 

For typical(1) residential customers who buy their gas supply 
from a natural gas marketer, the delivery charge change will 
result in an increase of about $6 on the annual bill. 

Natural gas continues to be the best energy choice for consumers. 
Over the past five years, natural gas has been on average about 
43 per cent cheaper than electricity. (2) 

Enbridge Gas Distribution does not make a profit on the gas 
supply charge. The gas supply charge is established based on a 
12-month market forecast. It is reviewed quarterly and, if 
necessary, adjusted. If there is a difference between the 
forecast prices charged to customers and the actual amount paid 
by the Company, the difference is collected from or reimbursed to 

Enbridge Gas Distribution delivers gas to about 1.7 million 
customers in its franchise area. Of those customers, about 60 per 
cent buy their gas supply from the utility. About 40 per cent of 
the utility's customers buy their gas supply directly from 
marketers and the price they pay for the gas supply charge is 
based on the terms of their contracts. 

For more information about Enbridge Gas Distribution prices 
please see this backgrounder: 

(1)Based on a typical residential customer who uses 3,064 cubic 
metres of natural gas a year for home and water heating. 

(2) Based on the annual bill for a typical residential customer 
who buys gas from the utility. Updated based on annualized rates 
effective April 1, 2004. 


For more information please contact:

Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.
Lisa McCarney
Manager, Media and External Relations
(416) 495-5662
Email: lisa.mccarney@enbridge.com
Website: www.enbridge.com