Your Natural Gas Bill
Regardless of whether you purchase natural gas from Centra Gas or from a gas marketer, your bill will contain standard costs for the provision of natural gas services.
This is natural gas received from Western Canadian sources. It can be purchased from a natural gas marketer, or from Centra Gas. Your primary gas represents nearly all of the natural gas used in your home. If you are a typical residential customer, the cost of primary gas is approximately 60 percent of your total annual bill. This is the portion of your bill affected by your choice of gas purchase options.
Supplemental gas is purchased by Centra when demand is higher than normal to ensure supply is available. The supplemental gas price varies annually.
Transportation to Centra
This is the cost of transporting natural gas to Manitoba. This cost includes pipeline charges to transport gas to Manitoba and the costs to store gas purchased in the summer for use in the winter.
Distribution to Customer
This is the cost incurred by Centra to deliver the natural gas to your home or business. This includes the cost of pipes and facilities that Centra installed as well as the operation and maintenance costs for the distribution system, and other customer services.
Basic Monthly Charge
This charge recovers some of the same costs as the distribution to customer charge but does not depend on how much natural gas a customer uses. It helps pay for such things as the maintenance of metres and underground pipelines, as well as cost of metre reading, billing and record keeping.