Category Archives: Natural Gas Utility Regulation and Commodity Deregulation

Guiding and Controlling Ontario’s Future Water and Wastewater Services:

(June 25, 2001) Guiding and Controlling Ontario’s Future Water and Wastewater Services: User Pay and Full Cost Pricing, Independent Economic Regulation, and Strengthened Environmental Law Enforcement Continue reading

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Natural gas marketers hit streets

(May 11, 2001) Natural-gas marketers are descending on the greater Toronto area offering consumers fixed rates after a winter of soaring prices. Continue reading

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Warning on gas pain fix

(March 2, 2001) Want a hedge against rising natural gas prices? Don’t sign that fixed-price contract, says the non-profit research group Energy Probe. Continue reading

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Supply and demand drives gas prices

(February 16, 2001) “Something we have to remember is that natural gas prices have historically been cyclical,” says Tom. “The current commodity price for gas reflects an imbalance in supply and demand. We expect that in a year or so the balance will be restored, and we’ll see more normal prices.” Continue reading

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Conservation best way to save on heating bill

(January 31, 2001) The cost of heating your home is going up sharply because of a shortage of natural gas. Instead of paying $175 in January, the average household will pay $225, says Ian MacLellan, vice-president of Energyshop.com, an Internet-based information and comparison service. Continue reading

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Natural gas heating bills to rise by $55 a month

(January 29, 2001) The cost to heat a home in Ontario with natural gas will jump by an average of $55 a month — and the increase could last from three to five years, an energy analyst says. Continue reading

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Food banks across Canada brace for impact of soaring natural gas prices

(January 21, 2001) Food banks across Canada are bracing for an increase in the number of people on fixed incomes looking for help as a result of the soaring price of heating fuel. Seniors, the disabled and people living on social assistance are among those expected to feel the brunt of a doubling in home heating bills over the last two years. Continue reading

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Gas prices make us misers

(January 3, 2001) Rising natural gas prices are pushing Eastern Ontario residents to add insulation, seal cracks and look to newer furnaces, spending money now to be energy misers later. Continue reading

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Backgrounder: The unnatural price of natural gas

(January 1, 2001) Every day now, it seems there’s another story about the soaring cost of natural gas. Millions of Canadians who heat their homes with gas are facing a severe case of sticker shock this winter. Each bill seems to be 10, 20, even 50 per cent higher than the last one. Continue reading

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Hydro customers lost in the dark

(December 11, 2000) Deregulation leaves millions of people with no way to know which firm offers the best power deal. Continue reading

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