Union Gas lowers rates for third consecutive quarter

    Customers to save a further 15-20 percent on their annual bill

    CHATHAM, ON, June 19 /CNW/ - Union Gas today announced another
significant decrease in the rates its customers will pay for natural gas
beginning July 1. Residential customers(*) who buy gas from the utility can
expect a further 15-20 percent decrease in their annual natural gas bill. This
marks the third time this year that Union Gas has reduced rates, which amounts
to a total decrease of almost 40 percent (or about $520) since the end of
    "It's good news for customers that natural gas rates are at their lowest
level in almost ten years," said Steve Baker, vice president, Union Gas.
"Natural gas is a competitive energy choice, is environmentally friendly, and
continues to cost significantly less than electricity or fuel oil for space
and water heating."
    Along with lower rates, Union Gas customers can realize even greater
savings by taking steps to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.
Energy conservation is an investment that offers savings and environmental
benefits that continue year-after-year. More information, as well as
conservation tips and tools, are available on the company's website at

    About Union Gas

    Union Gas Limited is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission
and distribution company based in Ontario with nearly 100 years of experience
and service to customers. The distribution business serves 1.3 million
residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities
across northern, southwestern and eastern Ontario. Union Gas's growing storage
and transmission business offers premium storage and transportation services
to customers at the Dawn Hub, the largest underground storage facility in
Canada and one of the largest in North America. It offers customers an
important link in the movement of natural gas from Western Canadian and U.S.
supply basins to markets in central Canada and the northeast U.S. A Spectra
Energy (NYSE:   SE) company, Union Gas has assets of $4 billion and
approximately 2,200 employees. Visit uniongas.com for more information.

    (*) A typical residential customer in Union Gas' service territory uses
        2,600 cubic metres of natural gas a year for home and water heating.
        Savings are based on the annual bill for typical residential
        customers who buy their natural gas from the utility.

For further information:

For further information: Union Gas Limited: Andrea Stass, Manager,
Public Affairs and Media Relations Union Gas Limited, Ph: 1-800-571-8446 ext.
5490, Cell: (519) 365-1010, Fax: (519) 436-4621, E-mail: astass@uniongas.com

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