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Every Canadian produces at least five tonnes of greenhouse gases directly each year and this number is steadily increasing.

Canada produces a total of 747 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2eq) annually.

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A Price Protection Plan allows you to purchase natural gas and electricity for a guaranteed fixed rate that is locked in for a period of up to five years. This protects you from the volatility of the energy markets that can rapidly fluctuate. With the security of a fixed energy rate, you can more effectively budget over the long-term for you energy needs.

A fixed rate price protection plan is similar to a fixed rate mortgage plan where you have the option to lock in at a specific interest rate for a period of years. Similarly with mortgage rates, the secret is to lock in your natural gas rate when prices are low. We have information on current market prices and long-term trends in the natural gas market.

Advantages of Fixed Price Plans

Peace of mind knowing that the price you pay for natural gas will not increase for the period of your fixed rate contract. Potential for cost savings when prices rise above your fixed rate, as you will continue to pay the rate you locked in with natural gas supplier. The ability to budget your natural gas costs over the long-term, rather than having to adjust your budget for monthly cost fluctuations.

Risk Management

Natural gas is a traded commodity on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX). As a result, gas prices are determined by the supply and demand in the North American market. Regulated local energy utilities buy their gas on the open market and pay the current market rate.

The difference between the regulated utilities and natural gas marketers is that the marketers are allowed to hedge their bets by buying and selling on the energy commodities market, something that utility companies aren't allowed to do. What this means is that natural gas marketers are able to purchase bulk natural gas on the open market when prices are low. This allows gas marketers to offer consumers better prices and fixed natural gas rates that shelter their customers from the fluctuations of the energy markets.



The Ontario Energy Board wants to hear what residential and small business consumers think about how well consumers are being protected in the retail energy market. Please visit www.ECPAreview.ca and fill out their on-line survey.
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