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Gas, Electric, Wind Energy Rates Set for April

Post Date:04/01/2019 10:27 AM

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

Natural Gas
The April natural gas commodity rate of $2.5995 per gigajoule (GJ), down from $3.1335 per gigajoule (GJ) in March, for all customers is based on the average of the monthly gas charges set by Alberta gas distribution (pipes) owners. 

April 2019 (rate per gigajoule) Rate per GJ
Direct Energy Regulated Services (North and South)
$2.890
AltaGas Utilities Inc.
$2.309
City of Medicine Hat Rate (based on the average)
$2.5995

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 April electricity rate of $0.06461 per kilowatt hour, up from $0.05947 per kilowatt hour in March, 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.

April 2019 (per kilowatt hour) Rate per kWh
Direct Energy Regulated Services
$0.05926
ENMAX Energy Corporation
$0.06067
EPCOR Energy Alberta GP (Edmonton)
$0.06981
EPCOR Energy Alberta GP (outside Edmonton) $0.06869
City of Medicine Hat Rate (based on the average)
$0.06461
City of Medicine Hat Cap Regulation Order
n/a


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 April 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 March was $0.06800 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 April is $0.0010 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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