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Ontario Energy Board Notice to Customers of Natural Resource Gas Limited

Natural Resource Gas Limited has applied to correct the reference prices used to record transportation costs in its variance account.

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Natural Resource Gas Limited has applied to the Ontario Energy Board for approval to correct the reference prices used in the transportation variance account for the years 2011 to 2015. Natural Resource Gas Limited has not requested to clear the balance in the account and therefore there is no immediate rate impact.

THE ONTARIO ENERGY BOARD IS HOLDING A PUBLIC HEARING
The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) will hold a public hearing to consider the application filed by Natural Resource Gas. We will question the company on the case. We will also hear questions and arguments from individual customers and from groups that represent the customers of Natural Resource Gas. At the end of this hearing, the OEB will decide whether Natural Resource Gas' application will be approved.

The OEB is an independent and impartial public agency. We make decisions that serve the public interest. Our goal is to promote a financially viable and efficient energy sector that provides you with reliable energy services at a reasonable cost.

BE INFORMED AND HAVE YOUR SAY
You have the right to information regarding this application and to be involved in the process.

  • You can review the application filed by Natural Resource Gas on the OEB’s website now.
  • You can file a letter with your comments, which will be considered during the hearing.
  • You can become an active participant (called an intervenor). Apply by July 4, 2017 or the hearing will go ahead without you and you will not receive any further notice of the proceeding.
  • At the end of the process, you can review the OEB’s decision and its reasons on our website.

LEARN MORE
Our file number for this case is EB-2017-0215. To learn more about this hearing, find instructions on how to file letters or become an intervenor, or to access any document related to this case, please select the file number EB-2017-0215 from the list on the OEB website: www.ontarioenergyboard.ca/notice. You can also phone our Consumer Relations Centre at 1-877-632-2727 with any questions.

ORAL VS. WRITTEN HEARINGS
There are two types of OEB hearings – oral and written. The OEB will determine at a later date whether to proceed by way of a written or oral hearing. If you think an oral hearing is needed, you can write to the OEB to explain why by July 4, 2017.

PRIVACY
If you write a letter of comment, your name and the content of your letter will be put on the public record and the OEB website. However, your personal telephone number, home address and email address will be removed. If you are a business, all your information will remain public. If you apply to become an intervenor, all information will be public. If you apply to become an intervenor, all information will be public.

This rate hearing will be held under section 36 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, S.O. 1998, c.15 (Schedule B).




Ontario Energy Board Notice to Customers of Natural Resource Gas Limited

Natural Resource Gas Limited has applied for approval to sell its natural gas distribution system to EPCOR Natural Gas Limited Partnership

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Natural Resource Gas Limited has applied for approval to:

  • sell its natural gas distribution system to EPCOR Natural Gas Limited Partnership
  • transfer the Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity, franchise agreements and rate orders now held by Natural Resource Gas Limited to EPCOR Natural Gas Limited Partnership

The applicant says that if the sale is approved, the current customers of Natural Resource Gas Limited will not be adversely affected with respect to prices because the costs to serve customers are not expected to be higher than they otherwise would have been with Natural Resource Gas Limited. The applicant also says that customers will not pay the costs of the sale or the premium paid by EPCOR Natural Gas.

THE ONTARIO ENERGY BOARD IS HOLDING A PUBLIC HEARING

The OEB will hold a public hearing to consider the application filed by Natural Resource Gas. We will question the company on the case. We will also hear arguments from individuals and from groups that represent the customers of Natural Resource Gas. At the end of this hearing, the OEB will decide whether to approve the application.
The OEB is an independent and impartial public agency. We make decisions that serve the public interest. Our goal is to promote a financially viable and efficient energy sector that provides you with reliable energy services at a reasonable cost.

BE INFORMED AND HAVE YOUR SAY

You have the right to information regarding this application and to be involved in the process.

  • You can review the application on the OEB’s website now.
  • You can file a letter with your comments, which will be considered during the hearing.
  • You can become an active participant (called an intervenor). Apply by March 13, 2017 or the hearing will go ahead without you and you will not receive any further notice of the proceeding.
  • At the end of the process, you can review the OEB’s decision and its reasons on our website.

LEARN MORE

Our file number for this case is EB-2016-0351. To learn more about this hearing, find instructions on how to file letters or become an intervenor, or to access any document related to this case, please select the file number EB-2016-0351 from the list on the OEB website: www.ontarioenergyboard.ca/notice. You can also phone our Consumer Relations Centre at 1-877-632-2727 with any questions.

ORAL VS. WRITTEN HEARINGS

There are two types of OEB hearings – oral and written. The applicant has requested a written hearing.The OEB is considering this request. If you think an oral hearing is needed, you can write to the OEB to explain why by March 13, 2017.

PRIVACY

If you write a letter of comment, your name and the content of your letter will be put on the public record and the OEB website. However, your personal telephone number, home address and email address will be removed. If you are a business, all your information will remain public. If you apply to become an intervenor, all information will be public.

This hearing will be held under sections 43(1)(a) and 18 of the Ontario Energy Board Act,1998, S.O. 1998 c.15 (Schedule B).




Ontario Energy Board Notice to Customers of Natural Resource Gas Limited

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR GAS BILL

Gas Delivery:

On all bills rendered by Natural Resource Gas Limited (“NRG”) on or after January 1, 2017, the price we charge for the delivery portion of your bill will be increasing by $0.033945 per cubic meter. This increase, which has been approved by Ontario Energy Board (“OEB”) on an interim basis, is to recover the costs associated with the Government of Ontario mandated cap and trade compliance plans.

How will the price change impact you?
That will depend on the amount of gas that you use. For a typical residential customer who consumes approximately 2,009 cubic meters of gas annually, this price change will cause your annual heating costs to increase by approximately $68 per year or about $5.68 per month on average.

Under the Government of Ontario’s new greenhouse gas emissions regulation each of Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., Union Gas Limited and Natural Resource Gas Limited are required to develop plans to meet their cap and trade compliance obligations. New costs will be incurred by each of the natural gas utilities to comply with the regulations. The Ontario Energy Board will assess the cost effectiveness of each of the cap and trade compliance plans filed by the natural gas utilities to determine whether the gas utilities can recover those costs in the rates they charge customers.

Further information is available from the OEB’s Consumer Relations Centre at 1-877-632-2727.

Gas Commodity:

On all bills rendered by Natural Resource Gas Limited on or after January 1, 2017, the price we charge for the gas commodity and transportation portion of your bill will be increasing by $0.007749 per cubic meter to $0.174599 per cubic meter. The Ontario Energy Board has approved this change to reflect the prices that NRG expects that it will be paying to its gas suppliers through to the end of December 2017. On your gas bill this cost is on the line entitled “Gas Commodity”.

As a regulated utility, NRG is permitted to recover what it pays for the purchase of gas plus any costs reasonably associated with this purchase but with no mark up or ‘profit’. The price the utility charges you is based on the forecasted gas and transportation costs to NRG, which are periodically reviewed by the OEB and reconciled with actual costs. The gas commodity portion gets adjusted regularly throughout the year as the price of the gas commodity changes.

How will the price change impact you?
That will depend on the amount of gas that you use. For a typical residential customer who consumes approximately 2,009 cubic meters of gas annually, this price change will cause your annual heating costs to increase by approximately $16 per year. For customers who have arranged to have their gas supplied by a gas marketer/broker, the price may or may not change depending on the terms of the contract the customer has with the gas marketer/broker.

If you have any questions about the changes in rates or any other item that appears on your bill, please feel free to call our office at 519-773-5321.

We would like to thank you for choosing to make natural gas your energy of choice.


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