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Gas, Electric, Wind Energy Rates Set for August

Post Date:08/01/2019 9:03 AM

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

Natural Gas
The August natural gas commodity rate of $1.5025 per gigajoule (GJ), up from $0.2945 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. 

August 2019 (rate per gigajoule) Rate per GJ
Direct Energy Regulated Services (North and South)
$1.029
AltaGas Utilities Inc.
$1.976
City of Medicine Hat Rate (based on the average)
$1.5025

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 August electricity rate of $0.06800 per kilowatt hour, the same as 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.

August 2019 (per kilowatt hour) Rate per kWh
Direct Energy Regulated Services
$0.08673
ENMAX Energy Corporation
$0.08805
EPCOR Energy Alberta GP (Edmonton)
$0.10191
EPCOR Energy Alberta GP (outside Edmonton) $0.10024
City of Medicine Hat Rate (based on the average)
$0.09423
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 August 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 July was $0.06099 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 August is $0.0030 per kilowatt hour.

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For further information, please contact:

Bradley D. Maynes
Commissioner, Energy & Utilities Division
City of Medicine Hat
403.502.8756

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