Utility Expects Eventual Return To Moderate Rates

While Union Gas has applied for a 28 per cent rate increase for the next quarter effective April 1, the company expects prices to return to more moderate levels in the long term.

Spokesperson Andrea Stass says the increase is due to higher demand in the colder than normal winter and the utility’s forecasted price of gas in the next year.

Stass says Union Gas and the Salvation Army have seen an increase in those taking advantage of the Winter Warmth program this year. Low income families can receive grants of up to $500 annually.

Since the program began in 2007, $194,000 in grants have helped 400 Sarnia-area families.

The Natural Gas rates are re-assessed every three months.