Enbridge Gas is looking to increase their rates, and it’s thanks to the carbon tax.
The average customer’s bill may be seeing increases of as much as $94 a year. That’s an increase of roughly 11 percent, based on what they considered to be a typical residential annual bill of $873.
Enbridge, which recently merged with another energy giant Union Gas, supplies nearly 100 percent of all natural gas customers in the province of Ontario, at a stunning 99.8 percent.
The increases must be approved beforehand, as the Ontario Energy Board has the final say on the increase. The board has historicly increased energy prices and adjusted them as they see necessary.
Enbridge filed the application for an increase in January of this year, noting higher costs associated with the federal Greenhouse Has Polution Pricing Act, typically referred to as the carbon tax, stating the tax would add increased costs that the company will need to recoup from customers.
Enbridge is looking at implimenting these changes by April 1st, the same date that the carbon tax will take effect.
The Ontario Energy Board though, had initially denied Enbridge’s request, and according to the Ottawa Sun has launched a public consultation about the issue, inviting members of the public to submit their own opinions and thoughts surrounding the change in price.
A spokeswoman for the OEB said “In its application, Enbridge Gas Inc. asked the OEB to set interim rates, to apply starting April 1, 2019. The OEH denied that request. As a result, customers will not see any changes in their rates on account of the federal carbon pricing program until the OEB makes its final decision on the application.”
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