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Gas, Electric, Wind Energy Rates Set for May

Post Date:05/01/2019 9:14 AM

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

Natural Gas
The May natural gas commodity rate of $2.0880 per gigajoule (GJ), down from $2.5995 per gigajoule (GJ) in the previous month, for all customers is based on the average of the monthly gas charges set by Alberta gas distribution (pipes) owners. 

May 2019 (rate per gigajoule) Rate per GJ
Direct Energy Regulated Services (North and South)
$2.2850
AltaGas Utilities Inc.
$1.8910
City of Medicine Hat Rate (based on the average)
$2.0880

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 May electricity rate of $0.06616 per kilowatt hour, up from $0.06461 per kilowatt hour in the previous month, 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.

May 2019 (per kilowatt hour) Rate per kWh
Direct Energy Regulated Services
$0.06215
ENMAX Energy Corporation
$0.06390
EPCOR Energy Alberta GP (Edmonton)
$0.06990
EPCOR Energy Alberta GP (outside Edmonton) $0.06868
City of Medicine Hat Rate (based on the average)
$0.06616
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 May 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 April was $0.0608 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 May is $0.0020 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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