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If you have a business or a group of related business using more than 50,000 m3 per year: deregulated natural gas for your business.
If you have been on a contract with a marketer that is coming to an end, make sure that you formally notify the marketer by responding to the renewal notice sent to you, or by sending a letter to the marketer! If you don't, you will likely be renewed automatically. More
*Note: The Gas Supply Charge is what will change when you contract with a gas marketer. Gas marketers now have the option to control the charge for Transportation instead of allowing the utility to charge this item. Not all marketers have taken over this charge.
Unlike fixed rates from a gas marketer, when you purchase gas from the utility the rate is subject to change at any time by the utility and can change retroactively in an annual balancing calculation. In the tables above the Estimated Bill is the total that a customer would pay over a full year for the volume shown. To see how your bill will change with a fixed rate from a gas marketer, select a rate from the table at top and insert this rate into the light blue box above.
Comparing and deciding among the various offers
There are 2 decisions. The first is whether to continue with the utility's variable rate, which changes every 3 months and may have retroactive charges, or a fixed term rate with a marketer of 1-5 years. You can choose to lock in for a long period at a fixed rate, or choose totally variable rates and take your chances that rates won't go up. This decision depends on your budget and what you expect gas prices to do over the next few years. You can see the utility's current rate in the chart above.
If you decide to go with a fixed price contract, your second decision is between marketers. Use our price chart to compare prices and features, and view the terms and conditions from each supplier.
In Ontario, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) regulates utility rates. When market prices go up, utilities apply to the OEB to change rates. This is for future rates, but can they can also apply to make a retroactive charge! They can't offer fixed contracts. When you sign up with an energy marketer, you can avoid these unexpected rate changes. As you can see from the previous chart, marketers can offer you an arrangement to fit your situation.
Remember this split when comparing costs. Gas marketers offer rates on your Gas Supply charge, which is about 2/3 of your bill. Union Gas bills have four charges, as follows:
* Gas Supply is the charge that you compare with the rates from gas marketers. Transportation is a pipeline charge managed by all marketers in Union South, by the utility in the Union North and East territory and can be the responsibility of either Enbridge or the marketer (check your contract or directly with the marketer). Delivery to you and the Monthly Customer Charge are regulated rates charged by Union Gas. These latter rates are regulated by the Ontario Energy Board. As a result, when a promotional message claims a 10% saving, it is referring to 10% of the 2/3 controlled by the competitive supplier.
Example: A typical annual gas bill is $1,200. One third of that, $400, is a regulated transportation and delivery charge (numbered 2, 3, and 4). The remaining $800 is the gas supply charge. A competitive gas supplier is offering a 10% saving is offering a saving of $80, which is 10% of the $800 gas supply charge.