OEB issues Rate Adjustment for Union Gas Limited

TORONTO, Sept. 14 /CNW/ - Today the Ontario Energy Board approved changes to natural gas commodity and delivery rates charged by Union Gas Limited (Union) effective October 1, 2009. The new rates reflect two Board decisions: the Board's August 6, 2009 Decision approving Union's 2008 Deferral Accounts Disposition and the Quarterly Rate Adjustment Mechanism (QRAM).

The QRAM rates for the period October 1st to December 31st are as follows:

                                             Gas Price
                         Natural Gas        Adjustment       Effective Price
    Rate Zone         Price cents/m(3)       cents/m(3)         cents/m(3)
    Eastern               19.9470             -11.5784            8.3686
    Northwestern          19.5856             -11.5784            8.0072
    Northern              19.7788             -11.5784            8.2004
    Fort Frances          19.4377             -11.5784            7.8593
    Southern              19.9470              -8.6108           11.3362

Depending on their location, consumers who purchase natural gas directly from Union (system gas customers), and who use 2,600 cubic meters (m(3)) a year, will see their bills will decrease between $95 and $113 annually as a result of the QRAM.

Consumers who purchase their natural gas from a natural gas marketer (direct purchase customers) will see a decrease between $0 and $5 to their annual bill.

Full rate schedules are available on the Board's website.

The Deferral Account Disposition Decision results in a six month temporary credit reflected on bills starting October 1.

The Ontario Energy Board regulates the province's electricity and natural gas sectors in the public interest. It envisions a viable and efficient energy sector with informed consumers and works toward this vision through regulation that is effective, fair and transparent. For more information on the Board, please visit our web site at www.oeb.gov.on.ca or contact the Consumer Relations Centre at 416-314-2455 or toll-free at 1-877- 632-2727.

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SOURCE Ontario Energy Board

For further information: For further information: Vanda Wall, Ontario Energy Board, (416) 440-8149

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