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Gas, Electric, Wind Energy Rates Set for February

Post Date:02/01/2019 1:54 PM

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

Natural Gas
The February natural gas commodity rate of $2.1585 per gigajoule (GJ), up from $1.347 per gigajoule (GJ) in January, for all customers is based on the average of the monthly gas charges set by Alberta gas distribution (pipes) owners. 

February 2019 (rate per gigajoule) Rate per GJ
Direct Energy Regulated Services (North and South)
$1.990
AltaGas Utilities Inc.
$2.237
City of Medicine Hat Rate (based on the average)
$2.1585

The City of Medicine Hat calculates the Monthly Reference Price based on the average of the rates approved by the Alberta Utilities Commission.

Electricity
The February electricity rate of $0.06800 per kilowatt hour, equal to the $0.06800 per kilowatt hour in January, 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.

February 2019 (per kilowatt hour) Rate per kWh
Direct Energy Regulated Services
$0.07109
ENMAX Energy Corporation
$0.07009
EPCOR Energy Alberta GP (Edmonton)
$0.07189
EPCOR Energy Alberta GP (outside Edmonton)
$0.07086
City of Medicine Hat Rate (based on the average)
$0.07098
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 February 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 January was $0.05783 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 February 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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