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Gas, Electric, Wind Energy Rates Set for December

Post Date:12/02/2019 9:30 AM

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

Natural Gas
The December natural gas commodity rate of $3.0460 per gigajoule (GJ), up from $2.4460 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. 

December 2019 (rate per gigajoule) Rate per GJ
Direct Energy Regulated Services (North and South)
$3.0890
AltaGas Utilities Inc.
$3.0030
City of Medicine Hat Rate (based on the average)
$3.0460

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 December electricity rate of $0.07747 per kilowatt hour, up from the previous month of $0.06800 per kilowatt hour, 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.

December 2019 (per kilowatt hour) Rate per kWh
Direct Energy Regulated Services $0.07657
ENMAX Energy Corporation $0.07320
EPCOR Energy Alberta GP (Edmonton)
$0.08069
EPCOR Energy Alberta GP (outside Edmonton) $0.07942
City of Medicine Hat Rate (based on the average)
$0.07747

The City of Medicine Hat calculates 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.

On October 28, 2019 the Government of Alberta introduced Bill 21 which, if passed, will end the Regulated Rate Option cap effective November 30, 2019. As of December 2, 2019 the bill has not received royal assent. The government anticipates that Bill 21 will receive royal assent and has clarified that Regulated Rate Option providers, including the City of Medicine Hat, will not receive deferral account compensation after November 30, 2019. As such the Regulated Rate Option cap of $0.06800 will not be in effect for the December 2019 electricity rate and the monthly reference price will apply for ratepayers.

The December 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 November was $0.07615 per kilowatt hour.

The City of Medicine Hat 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 December is $0.0050 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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