Gas Rates in Alberta

Purchases and deliveries of natural gas to Alberta’s consumers may involve one company that performs both the purchasing and delivery functions, or two separate companies – one that supplies the natural gas and the other that owns the distribution pipeline system and delivers the gas to consumers.

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Market Prices

Natural gas rates for Alberta’s consumers are based on gas prices established through the Natural Gas Exchange (NGX) electronic trading screen. The NGX trading platform brings together sellers who “offer” natural gas for sale and buyers who “bid” for natural gas purchases.

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Natural Gas Marketing

Natural gas is traded on a number of trading platforms that are located at "market hubs" across North America. Natural gas prices are established via electronic trading systems and based on the market forces of supply and demand.

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Gas Flows: Suppliers to Consumers

Natural gas produced by individual wells flows to end-use consumers by way of integrated transmission and distribution systems. Gas Alberta plays a key role in securing and coordinating the delivery of natural gas supplies to its utility customers.

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Understanding Your Natural Gas Bill

Natural gas consumption for the average rural consumer in Alberta is 272 gigajoules (GJs) per year, as compared to consumption of 120 GJs per year for the average urban residential consumer. Rural consumption, however, may be significantly higher for larger operations such as farming, ranching, poultry and pork facilities, grain drying, irrigation, and Hutterite Colonies.

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