FortisBC receives approval to maintain most natural gas and propane commodity rates

FortisBC receives approval to maintain most natural gas and propane commodity 
rates 
SURREY, BC, Dec. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - FortisBC has received approval from the B.C. 
Utilities Commission (BCUC) to maintain the natural gas and propane commodity 
rates it charges most customers, while midstream and delivery rates will 
change, effective January 1, 2013. 
"WhileNorth American gas prices have increased from their lows earlier this 
year due to a slowdown in production growth and increased industrial and power 
generation demand, and propane prices have risen due to early cold weather in 
the eastern U.S. and Canada, FortisBC is able to avoid any commodity rate 
increases for our customers at this time," said Cynthia Des Brisay, vice 
president of energy supply and resource development. "Additionally, we are 
able to lower our midstream rate for customers due to lower storage and 
pipeline transportation costs. While customers may see a slight increase on 
their monthly bill, these changes are due to a change in delivery rate 
approved by the BCUC earlier this year." 
Customers will see changes as follows on January 1, 2013: 
Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Interior, North and the Kootenays 


    --  Residential customers will see no change to the commodity rate
        and a decrease to the midstream rate of between $0.173 to
        $0.208 per gigajoule (GJ). As part of the 2012-2013 revenue
        requirement application filed last year, FortisBC received
        approval to increase its delivery rate by $0.316 per GJ for
        customers in these regions. The combined rate change means an
        increase of $ 0.143 per GJ, or approximately $14 per year for
        an average residential customer in the Lower Mainland using
        approximately 95 GJ.
    --  Customer Choice program participants can also expect to see the
        above changes to the delivery and midstream rates on their
        bills.

Whistler
    --  Residential customers will see their commodity rate, which
        includes the midstream rate, increase by $0.212 per GJ. As part
        of the 2012-2013 revenue requirement application filed last
        year, FortisBC received approval from the BCUC to increase its
        delivery rate by $0.583 per GJ for Whistler customers. The
        average residential customer using 90 GJ per year will see an
        increase of approximately $72 per year. 

Fort Nelson
    --  Residential customers using approximately 140 GJ of natural gas
        per year will see an increase of approximately $29. This is
        based on no change to the commodity component of rates, which
        includes the midstream rate, and from the approved increase to
        delivery rates for this region.

Revelstoke
    --  Residential customers receiving piped propane will see no
        increase in the commodity rate of propane. The average
        residential customer using approximately 50 GJ of propane per
        year will see an increase of approximately $16 due to the
        approved delivery rate changes.

Vancouver Island, Sunshine Coast and Powell River
    --  Rates will remain unchanged from current levels for most
        customers, including residential, on Vancouver Island, the
        Sunshine Coast and Powell River effective January 1, 2013.

FortisBC buys natural gas and propane on behalf of its customers and passes 
that price on without mark-up. Every three months, FortisBC reviews natural 
gas and propane commodity rates with the BCUC in order to make sure rates 
passed on to customers cover the cost of purchasing the gas on their behalf. 
Midstream rates, also passed on to customers without mark-up, cover the 
storage and transportation of natural gas delivered to customers. Factors 
affecting the market price of natural gas in North America include weather, 
supply and demand, and economic conditions. Propane prices are closely linked 
to global oil markets.

As part of the 2012-2013 revenue requirement application filed last year, 
FortisBC received approval for delivery rate adjustments. The delivery portion 
of rates is what FortisBC charges to deliver natural gas and propane service 
to customers. It enables the company to recover its costs, and make 
investments in its business that will benefit the evolving needs of customers 
and communities served.

For more information on natural gas and propane rates by region, how commodity 
rates are set, and to learn more about FortisBC, visit www.fortisbc.com/rates.

FortisBC is a regulated utility focused on providing safe and reliable energy, 
including natural gas, electricity, propane and thermal energy solutions. 
FortisBC employs more than 2,300 British Columbians and serves approximately 
1.1 million customers in more than 135 B.C. communities. FortisBC is 
indirectly wholly owned by Fortis Inc., the largest investor-owned 
distribution utility in Canada. FortisBC owns and operates four regulated 
hydroelectric generating plants, approximately 7,000 kilometres of 
transmission and distribution power lines and approximately 47,000 kilometres 
of natural gas transmission and distribution pipelines. FortisBC Inc., 
FortisBC Energy Inc., FortisBC Energy (Vancouver Island) Inc., and FortisBC 
Energy (Whistler) Inc. do business as FortisBC. Fortis Inc. shares are listed 
on the Toronto Stock Exchange and trade under the symbol FTS. Additional 
information can be accessed at www.fortisinc.com or www.sedar.com.

MEDIA CONTACT: Michael Allison Corporate Communications Advisor FortisBC 
Phone: 604-592-7536 Email:michael.allison@fortisbc.com fortisbc.com 
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SOURCE: FortisBC

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CO: FortisBC
ST: British Columbia
NI: OIL UTI 

-0- Dec/05/2012 19:53 GMT


 
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