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Gas, Electric, Wind Energy Rates Set for January

Post Date:01/02/2019 9:19 AM

Medicine Hat – The City of Medicine Hat has set its January energy commodity rates.

Natural Gas
The January natural gas commodity rate of $1.347per gigajoule (GJ), down from $1.969 per gigajoule (GJ) in December, for all customers is based on the average of the monthly gas charges set by Alberta gas distribution (pipes) owners. 

January 2019 (rate per gigajoule) Rate per GJ
Direct Energy Regulated Services (North and South)
$1.515
AltaGas Utilities Inc.
$1.179
City of Medicine Hat Rate (based on the average)
$1.347


Effective January 1, 2018 the City of Medicine Hat will calculate the Monthly Reference Price based on the average of the rates approved by the Alberta Utilities Commission.

Electricity
The January electricity rate of $0.06800 per kilowatt hour, equal to the $0.06800 per kilowatt hour in December, for Residential, Farm, Small and Medium Commercial, Unmetered Services and Rental Lighting, is based on the average of the rates for owners whose regulated rate tariffs are approved by the Alberta Utilities Commission under section 103(2) of the Electric Utilities Act for that calendar month as posted by the Alberta Utilities Commission on its internet page under Regulated Rate Option Regulation.

January 2019 (per kilowatt hour) Rate per kWh
Direct Energy Regulated Services
$0.07655
ENMAX Energy Corporation
$0.07727
EPCOR Energy Alberta GP (Edmonton)
$0.07733
EPCOR Energy Alberta GP (outside Edmonton)
$0.07626
City of Medicine Hat Rate (based on the average)
$0.07685
City of Medicine Hat Cap Regulation Order
$0.06800 


In November, 2016 the Government of Alberta announced a plan to cap the Regulated Rate Option at 6.8 cents per kilowatt hour. City of Medicine Hat electric utility customers are protected under Ministerial Order 149/2017. During the period of January 1, 2018 – May 31, 2021 Residential, Farm, Small and Medium Commercial, Unmetered Services and Rental Lighting customers will pay the lower of the Market Reference Price or the rate ceiling of 6.8 cents per kilowatt hour. The rate will automatically be applied to consumer’s bills that are on the regulated rate.

Effective January 1, 2018 the City of Medicine Hat will calculate the Monthly Reference Price based on the average of the rates using the four Regulated Rate Option providers approved by the Alberta Utilities Commission under section 103(2) of the Electric Utilities Act. This calculation aligns with the Regulated Rate Cap Regulation.

The January default electricity rate for Large Commercial, Industrial and Street Lighting customers is based on the monthly average Alberta Power Pool price as established and published by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) plus $0.02 per kilowatt hour. The rate for December was $0.06399 per kilowatt hour.

The Electric Utility also offers a fixed electric commodity price for Residential, Farm, Small and Medium Commercial customers. The fixed rate for 2019 is $0.06800 per kilowatt hour.

The Gas Utility offers a fixed natural gas commodity price for all rate class customers.  The fixed rate for 2019 is $5.80 per gigajoule (GJ).

Going Green Charge
Customers also have a “Going Green” surcharge on their bill. This surcharge is for renewable energy purchased for residential, farm, small and medium commercial customers.

The Going Green surcharge is calculated monthly to recover costs incurred to purchase renewable energy.

The Going Green surcharge for January is $0.00050 per kilowatt hour.

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For further information, please contact:

Cal Lenz
Utilities Division Commissioner
City of Medicine Hat
403.502.8756

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