Terasen Gas receives approval to change natural gas and propane rates
According to the company, a typical residential customer in its Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Interior, North and the Kootenay service areas will see their total annual gas bill decrease by less than 1%, approximately C$5 to C$8 per year for customers consuming between approximately 75 gigajoules (GJ) to 95 GJ per year. Customers in these regions will see a decrease of C$0.31 to C$0.33 per GJ in midstream charges, which covers fees that Terasen Gas pays other companies to store and transport the gas delivered to customers. The commodity rate of natural gas remains unchanged, following a 15% decrease in October 2008. The British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) also approved an increase in delivery charges, equal to about a 2% increase on a customer's annual bill. Cynthia Brisay, vice president of gas supply and transmission at Terasen Gas, said: "We are very pleased that market conditions have allowed us to maintain our current natural gas commodity rates, which make up about two-thirds of a customer's bill."