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.
Your total cost of natural gas includes the cost of the natural gas supply itself and the cost of distribution. 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 the natural gas to that rate class and how they use 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 gas you consume in the month.
As a regulated public gas distribution utility, Enbridge Gas New Brunswick submits applications on an annual basis that are reviewed and approved by the New Brunswick Energy and Utilities Board (EUB) as part of an open and transparent regulatory process.
Supply or “commodity” is the natural gas itself that you use. 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 Energy and Utilities Board.
Fluctuations in the price of the commodity of natural gas throughout the year will not affect distribution rates and charges in place, but they may affect the amount of savings you will experience. If the commodity goes up, your savings compared to last year and alternative energies may be slightly lower and if the commodity goes down, your savings may be greater.
In 2016 for example, the cost of the supply of natural gas was lower than we forecasted, so you most likely experienced bigger savings!
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.