TransCanada Statement Regarding NEB Decision on Canadian Mainline Restructuring Proposal

Wed Mar 27, 2013 9:17pm EDT

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March 27, 2013 - 09:17:23 PM

TransCanada Statement Regarding NEB Decision on Canadian Mainline
Restructuring Proposal

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 27, 2013) - TransCanada Corporation
(TSX:TRP) (NYSE:TRP) (TransCanada) today responded to the National Energy
Board (NEB) decision on TransCanada's 2012-2013 restructuring proposal for
tolls and service on the Canadian Mainline. The NEB decision was released this
afternoon following a lengthy public hearing that concluded last December.

After an initial review of the 257-page decision, which was based on thousands
of pages of testimony, the company provided the following statement:

"The National Energy Board has approved some of TransCanada's proposals
related to Mainline tolls and has denied a number of the fundamental concepts
we put forward to improve competitiveness and recover costs. The board has
also introduced several new elements that were not part of our application,
including fixing tolls outside the timeframe applied for. This is a long and
complex decision and we will need time to complete a full analysis before we
can comment any further on how this decision will impact TransCanada."

The NEB's Reasons for Decision RH-003-2011 is available online at

The Canadian Mainline is an important piece of North America's natural gas
network, connecting the gas fields of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin
(WCSB) to the high-population markets of Ontario and Quebec. Usage of the
Mainline has shifted from long-haul, base-load shipments to one providing a
greater proportion of short-haul, seasonal peaking use. As the largest natural
gas transportation system on the continent, significant Mainline capacity is
still required to provide gas to eastern markets, particularly during the
coldest months of the year.

TransCanada submitted a comprehensive proposal to restructure its services and
tolling on the Canadian Mainline in response to the significant changes that
have occurred in the North American natural gas market over the last five
years that have fundamentally altered the usage patterns on the Mainline. The
changes proposed were a balanced solution that intended to decrease tolls from
the WCSB to markets, for the benefit of all stakeholders. 

(ii) Note to reporters: This statement will be the extent of TransCanada's
comment on the decision at this time.

With more than 60 years' experience, TransCanada is a leader in the
responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy
infrastructure including natural gas and oil pipelines, power generation and
gas storage facilities. TransCanada operates a network of natural gas
pipelines that extends more than 68,500 kilometres (42,500 miles), tapping
into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is
one of the continent's largest providers of gas storage and related services
with more than 400 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A growing
independent power producer, TransCanada owns or has interests in over 11,800
megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States. TransCanada is
developing one of North America's largest oil delivery systems. TransCanada's
common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the
symbol TRP. For more information visit: or check us out on
Twitter @TransCanada or 

FORWARD LOOKING INFORMATION This publication contains certain information that
is forward-looking and is subject to important risks and uncertainties (such
statements are usually accompanied by words such as "anticipate", "expect",
"would", "will" or other similar words). Forward-looking statements in this
document are intended to provide TransCanada security holders and potential
investors with information regarding TransCanada and its subsidiaries,
including management's assessment of TransCanada's and its subsidiaries'
future financial and operation plans and outlook. All forward-looking
statements reflect TransCanada's beliefs and assumptions based on information
available at the time the statements were made. Readers are cautioned not to
place undue reliance on this forward-looking information. TransCanada
undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information
except as required by law. For additional information on the assumptions made,
and the risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ
from the anticipated results, refer to TransCanada's Management's Discussion
and Analysis filed February 13, 2013 under TransCanada's profile on SEDAR at and other reports filed by TransCanada with Canadian securities
regulators and with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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