Natural gas price hike will also hit Ont. hydro bills: Chiarelli

Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI Agency)

Ontario Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli. (MICHAEL PEAKE/QMI Agency)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 3:58 PM ET

TORONTO -- A spike in the price of natural gas this winter could drive up more than just your Enbridge Gas bill.

Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli said some of the province's gas-fired electricity generators may be facing higher costs as a result of the spiralling price for natural gas.

"The price of gas impacts on the price of electricity as well," Chiarelli said Monday.

Enbridge Gas Distribution has already applied to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) for a 40% increase in what it charges consumers.

If approved, it would cost the average household about $400 more a year for gas.


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