The load-balancing service consists of managing fluctuations in customers’ natural gas consumption based on the season. The amount consumed varies considerably from summer to winter. However, since Énergir receives the same amount of natural gas every day, it must strike a balance between the time the gas arrives from Western Canada and the time it’s consumed by the customer.
Énergir assesses the load-balancing tool needs each year. The cost of these tools and their effect on the load-balancing service are then submitted to the Régie de l’énergie for approval. Énergir charges the same price for load-balancing as it pays to purchase the tools from various suppliers; it does not draw any profit from this service.