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Billing & Pricing

Natural gas is a proven energy source that saves you money over the long term. But month to month, the savings may not be so obvious on your bill. To understand how natural gas is priced, how your final rate is calculated, and how we save you money, take a look at the helpful information on this page.

The Enbridge Gas New Brunswick Handbook of Rates and Distribution Services includes a glossary of terms as well as the Rules & Regulations and the Terms & Conditions.

Understanding Natural Gas Rates

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 & Tariffs

These are the cost of operating the utility’s distribution network, which is the pipeline system that distributes natural gas to you. Your rates and tariffs depend on which rate class you fit into. A monthly customer charge of $18 is required by all residential customers to cover some of the fixed costs of providing natural gas service, like meter readings, pipeline maintenance, customer support, and 24-hour emergency services.

The New Brunswick Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) regulates the rates and tariffs for natural gas distribution service that we charge to our customers.

Commodity Rate

The cost of the natural gas that you consume is known as the commodity rate or the “Supply.” You can have Enbridge Gas New Brunswick, 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 EUB.

Your total monthly cost of natural gas will change depending on the amount of GJ’s you use every month.

Natural gas is measured in Gigajoules (GJ), a metric energy measure. So one GJ of natural gas is roughly equal to 26 litres of fuel oil, 40 litres of propane, or 278 kilowatt hours of electricity.

Approved Natural Gas Distribution Rates & Charges

The cost of using Enbridge Gas New Brunswick’s distribution network to have natural gas delivered to you includes features such as: customer charge, demand charge, and various types of rate blocks. Your rates depend on which rate class you fit into. The following rate structure and associated rates and charges are effective as of May 1, 2016.

Click here for more information on the 2016 Distribution Rates and Charges. 

Customers are placed into one of the six regulated rate classes based on their monthly consumption patterns over the last 12 months.

Rate Class

Min Consumption
(Monthly Demand Peak)

Max Consumption
(Monthly Demand Peak)
Customer Charge
($ / month)

Demand Charge
($ / GJ)

Delivery Rates
($ / GJ)
Small General Service - - 18.00 N/A

7.2410

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: 10.3829
  • 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: 9.5655
  • 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: 6.0843
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: 1.7473

between May 1 and Aug 30: 0.9375
Off-Peak N/A N/A 50.00 N/A 6.0207

Click here for 2016 Distribution Rates and Charges Q&A's.

Distribution Charge

The cost of using Enbridge Gas New Brunswick’s distribution network to have natural gas delivered to you includes features such as: customer charge, demand charge, and various types of delivery rate blocks. Your rates depend on which rate class you fit into.

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

Distribution rates & charges for all rate classes are reviewed by the New Brunswick EUB and are set on an annual basis, as part of an open and transparent regulatory process.

How are the distribution rates and charges determined?

Enbridge Gas New Brunswick is mandated to use a “cost of service method” or apply the “market-based rate method,” whichever is lower, for determining rates and tariffs.

“Cost of service” means the method of determining rates based on the cost of providing distribution services to our customers.

“Market based” means the method of determining rates based on calculating target annual savings compared to electricity.

Natural Gas Commodity Charge

The commodity charge is the cost of the natural gas supply that you use.

You and other natural gas customers have options for purchasing your natural gas supply. You can have Enbridge Gas New Brunswick, the regulated utility, supply your gas or you can sign a contract for gas supply with an independent Gas Marketer licensed by the New Brunswick Energy and Utilities Board.

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 pay to maximize price stability throughout the year.

Click here for the EUG Historical Commodity Rates.

Natural Gas Suppliers and Marketers in New Brunswick

Natural Gas Marketers are unregulated companies that must be licensed by the New Brunswick Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) and can only offer to sell natural gas in the territory specified in their license. However, the Board does not regulate the prices charged or the terms and conditions of the Gas Marketer’s contracts. Enbridge Gas New Brunswick is not a licensed Gas Marketer (as we are instead, regulated by the EUB) but we are authorized to sell natural gas. As consumers, you have the responsibility to understand the terms and conditions of any contract you enter into and find out how the price you pay for natural gas will be determined as you are bound by those terms and conditions.

For example, a typical contract has a minimum term of one year or more. Find out how your gas supply will be priced, what protection you have if market prices of natural gas increase, and what benefit you will receive if market prices fall during the term your contract is in effect.

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

Company Classification
Enbridge Gas New Brunswick
Enbridge Utility Gas
Seller of Gas
Competitive Energy Services (CES) Consultant/Broker
ECNG Energy L.P. Consultant/Broker
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

Enbridge Gas New Brunswick (“EGNB”) is the holder of the General Franchise to distribute natural gas and provide Customer Services in the Province of New Brunswick. The purpose of the Rate Handbook is to define the various natural gas distribution rate classes and the associated rates and the scope and application of certain policies relating to the operation of EGNB’s Distribution System in the Province of New Brunswick.

In accordance with the Gas Distribution Act, 1999, EGNB is required to file with the Board schedules showing all rates and tariffs that the Board has approved for the Distribution Services that EGNB offers in the Province. These rates and tariffs are set out in the EGNB Handbook of Rates and Distribution Services (PDF).