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Rates & Charges

Natural gas is an energy source that saves you money over the long term. But month to month, the savings may not be so obvious on your bill.

In New Brunswick, natural gas is provided in an "unbundled market" which means the cost of distributing natural gas is separated from the cost of supply. 

Distribution rates and charges  are the cost of operating the utility's distribution network, which is the pipeline system that distributes natural gas to you. Each rate class has a different set of rates and charges, based on how much it costs to deliver natural gas. For homeowners, the cost of distribution is broken into the flat monthly customer charge and the delivery rate, which is multiplied by how much you consume in the month.

New Brunswick Energy and Utilities Board (EUB), New Brunswick Energy and Utilities Board (EUB).

Supply or "commodity"  is the natural gas itself that you use. You may have Liberty Utilities, the regulated utility, supply your natural gas or you can sign a contract for gas supply with an independent Gas Marketer licensed by the New Brunswick Energy and Utilities Board.

Fluctuations in the price of the natural gas commodity in the future, but they can affect the amount of savings. If the commodity goes up, your savings can be greater, and your savings may be greater.

The  Liberty Utilities Handbook of Rates and Distribution Services  includes a glossary of terms and conditions and terms & conditions.

Current Natural Gas Distribution Rates & Charges

The cost of using customer charges, demand charges, and various types of rate blocks. Your rates depend on which rate you fit into. The following rate and structure are effective as of January 1, 2019.

Rate Class

Min Consumption (Monthly Demand Peak) Max Consumption (Monthly Demand Peak)

Customer Charge

($ / Month)

Demand Charge ($ / GJ)

Delivery Rates

($ / GJ)

Mid-General Service - <250 GJ
  • For Customers with maximum consumption up to 60 GJs per month: 20.00
  • For Customers with maximum consumption greater than 60 GJs per month: 50.00
N / A
  • For the first 100 GJs delivered per month: 11.8805
  • For volumes delivered in excess of 100 GJs per month: 8.0820
Large General Service 250 GJ

-

  • For Customers with maximum consumption up to 650 GJs per month: 275.00
  • For Customers with maximum consumption greater than 650 GJs per month: 375.00
N / A
  • For the first 250 GJs delivered per month: 8.9005
  • For volumes delivered in excess of 250 GJs per month - between September 1 and April 30: 6.6526 - between May 1 and Aug 30: 2.5037

Contract General Service

1,000 GJ

<10,000 GJ N / A 19.00

For volumes delivered

  • between September 1 and April 30: 6.0235
  • between May 1 and August 31: 1.9066
Industrial Contract General Service 10,000 GJ - 3,300.00 25.56

For volumes delivered

  • between September 1 and April 30: 1.7298
  • between May 1 and Aug 30: 0.9375
Off-Peak N / A N / A 50.00 N / A

6.0207

For commercial customers, the calculation of distribution is based on the cost of supplying services to each class.

The effective distribution rates and charges for all customers, effective January 1st, 2019, will be in place for at least one year.

As a regulated public gas distribution utility, Liberty Utilities submits applications on an annual basis that are being reviewed by the New Brunswick Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) as part of an open and transparent regulatory process.

Remember: the distribution is only one portion of your bill. Your total cost of natural gas includes the cost of natural gas and the cost of distribution.

Each customer's total annual cost, including distribution and commodity charges, will depend on the cost of natural gas.

Click here for the Distribution Rates & Charges for residential customers .

Frequently Asked Questions: 2018-2019 Rates & Charges

Liberty Utilities submitted on application on July 19, 2017 for 2018 and 2019 distribution rates and charges for all customers.

The adjustments to the distribution of the United States of America in New Brunswick Decision in December, 2016, which instructed the New Brunswick Energy and Utilities Board to approve a 3% annual increase in the rate of distribution for all commercial distribution rates for 2018 and 2019.

Is anything changing in 2018 and 2019 for commercial customers?

For commercial customers in 2018 and 2019, there will be no adjustments to distribution rates.

However, the rate applies to the variable rate distribution on a commercial customer's bill. A customer's total cost of natural gas includes the cost of natural gas and the cost of distribution. So, what is it going to be used in 2018 and 2019, the total cost could even decrease, which is what we're forecasting.

(Our 2018 and 2019 forecast average is $ 8.32 / GJ for 2018 and $ 7.78 / GJ for 2019.)

Examples of TOTAL annual costs:

  • An average MGS commercial customer who buys their gas supply from Liberty Utilities (Liberty Utility Gas) and uses 528 GJ per year may see a total annual bill decrease of 2.1% in 2018 compared to 2017. [1] That's about $ 236 over the course of the year.
  • An average LGS commercial customer who buys their gas supply from Liberty Utilities (Liberty Utilities) and uses 4,400 GJ per year may see a total annual bill decrease of 3% in 2018 compared to 2017.3 That is approximately $ 2,249 over the course of the year.
  • An average CGS commercial customer who buys their gas supply from Liberty Utilities (Liberty Utilities Gas) and uses 10,510 GJ per year may see a total annual bill decrease of 3.3% in 2018 compared to 2017.3 That is approximately $ 5,851 over the course of the year.

For a complete breakdown of all rates, please visit naturalgasnb.com.

Commercial customers: "Am I REALLY saving?"

As a commercial customer, you are less expensive, and your overall annual cost of natural gasoline distribution and commodity prices are quite stable.

Check out the TOTAL price of natural gas ($ / GJ) for commercial customers for the last 5 years compared to oil: [2]

MGS Commercial Customers:

 

LGS Commercial Customers:

 

CGS Commercial Customers:

To talk about your historical savings, contact us at info@naturalgasnb.com or 1-800-994-2762.

I heard propane pricing was less expensive?

According to the estimated market price of propane, natural gas is still less expensive, but there may be times when a customer is offered a lower price for propane for a limited time. All customers should beware of "too-good-to-be-true" claims. Often times, old rates are used to compare the cost of natural gas to propane, which does not really exist. Be sure to get complete details before signing any contract.

Our account managers are ready to help you evaluate your energy costs, savings and consumption (and not just for natural gas!). To talk about it, contact us at info@naturalgasnb.com or 1-800-994-2762.

What happens if the cost of natural gas commodity goes up or down?

Fluctuations in the price of the commodity of natural gas throughout the year.

But they can affect the amount of savings you will experience. If the commodity goes down, you will see bigger savings and if the commodity goes up, your savings compared to last year may be slightly lower.

In 2016 for example, the cost of the supply of natural gas is much higher than we expected, so

Note: Liberty does not earn a profit on the natural gas commodity (Liberty Utilities).

To see historical Liberty Utilities commodity pricing, please visit naturalgasnb.com.           

What is Liberty Utlities doing to keep my bills low and manageable?

We work with the New Brunswick Energy and Utilities Board, and we are pleased to report that they are in the process of being able to meet our expectations.

12,000 customers are decreasing for the fourth year in a row. This has been achieved through prudent management of costs. Controlling and reducing expenses we expect this trend to continue.

So what will happen to my rates in 2020 and beyond?

Keeping natural gas rates low and stable is our priority. It's all about saving money and it's about saving money.  

While also serving the 2018 and 2019, they also give more power to the independent regulator - the NB Energy and Utilities Board. That means for 2020 and beyond, we can take full advantage of its expertise and the public and regulate it.

Does Liberty Utilities plan on expanding in NB and growing its customer base?

Yes, we plan to grow and expand our customer base in New Brunswick. In fact, the growth of the utility is in the best interest of all - the utility and all the customers - because it helps maintain low and stable rates. Enbridge is open to looking at new opportunities, but is a regulated utility.

Why is it more expensive in New Brunswick compared to other provinces?

Distribution rates for natural gas in New Brunswick are higher than that of North America, like Ontario for example, because of the number of customers. Mature markets have established distribution systems, some of which have been around for 160 years, and many thousands of customers.

 

[1] Based on the 2017 & 2018 forecast average Liberty Utilities Gas (LUG) rate, the 2017 approved Distribution Charges and the 2018 proposed Distribution Charges.

[2] Based on the Natural Resources Canada, the price of oil and gas in the United States. 2019.

Natural Gas Distribution Charge

The cost of using the Liberty Utilities' distribution network has the following characteristics: customer charge, demand charge, and various types of delivery rate blocks. Your rates depend on which rate you fit into. (Your rate is based on your consumption.)

How long will the current distribution rates and charges be in place?

Distribution rates and charges for all rates are reviewed by the New Brunswick Energy and Utilities Board  and are based on an annual basis, as part of an open and transparent regulatory process.

How are the distribution rates and charges determined?

Distribution rates and charges for all rates are reviewed by the New Brunswick Energy and Utilities Board.

For commercial customers, delivery rates are based on the cost of supplying services to each class.

(For residential customers, the delivery rate is calculated based on 20% annual savings. Compared to the NB Power - Liberty Utility Gas .)

Why are distribution rates higher in New Brunswick?

Distribution rates in New Brunswick are higher than those of North America because of the costs associated with operating the system. Mature markets have established distribution systems, some of which have been around for 160 years, and many thousands of customers.

Natural Gas Commodity Charge

The commodity is the cost of the natural gas supply that your company uses.

You and other natural gas customers have options for your natural gas supply. You can have Liberty Utilities, the regulated utility, supply your gas or you can sign a gas contract for an independent gas marketer licensed by the New Brunswick EUB.

The price of natural gas in New Brunswick is based on market conditions in North America. The market price of natural gas, like any other commodity, can fluctuate during the year and from year to year. However, your gas supplier can take steps to stabilize the price you maximize throughout the year.

Remember, the distribution is only one portion of your bill. Your total cost of natural gas includes the cost of natural gas supply itself and the cost of distribution.

Fluctuations in the price of the natural gas commodity in the future, but they may affect the amount of savings. If the commodity goes up, your savings can be greater, and your savings may be greater.

Note: Liberty Utilities does not earn a profit on the natural gas supply ( Liberty Utility Gas ). Click here for the Utility Gas Historical Commodity Rates .

For a list of contact information for New Brunswick's licensed gas marketers, click here .

Natural Gas Suppliers and Marketers in New Brunswick

Natural Gas Marketers are licensed and licensed by the New Brunswick Energy and Utilities Board (EUB). However, the Board does not regulate the terms and conditions of the Gas Marketer's contracts. Liberty Utilities  is not a licensed Gas Marketer (as we are instead, regulated by the EUB). As consumers, you have the responsibility to understand and understand the terms and conditions of your business.

For example, a typical contract has a minimum term of one year or more. Find out how to improve your energy supply, what you need to improve, and what benefits you will receive when you are in the market.

The following are all licensed natural gas suppliers. They are both sellers of gas and agents for sellers of gas.

Company Classification
Liberty Utilities ( Liberty Utility Gas ) Seller of Gas
Irving Energy Services Limited Seller of Gas
Park Fuels Seller of Gas

Have questions about the commodity charge or how to purchase your gas supply? Contact us .

The New Brunswick Energy & Utilities Board  - 1-866-766-2782

Handbook of Rates and Distribution Services

Liberty Utilities is the holder of the General Franchise to Distribute Natural Gas and provide Customer Services in the Province of New Brunswick. Liberty Utilities Distribution System in the Province of New Brunswick. The purpose of the Rate Handbook is to define the various natural gas distribution rates and the associated rates and scope.

In accordance with the Gas Distribution Act, 1999, Liberty Utilities is required to file with the Board of Directors, and the Board has approved for distribution services that Liberty Utilities offers in the Province. These rates and rates are set out in the Handbook of Rates and Distribution Services (PDF).