FortisBC To Hike Natural Gas Rates For January

Surrey –   FortisBC  received regulatory approval from the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) on its interim rates for natural gas customers to take effect January 1, 2019. Customers will see an overall increase to their bills,although FortisBC maintains natural gas continues to be one of the most affordable energy solutions.

“We strive to deliver natural gas safely and reliably at the lowest reasonable cost,” said Diane Roy, vice-president of Regulatory Affairs, FortisBC. “Keeping natural gas rates low for customers is important to us but there has been an impact to our costs associated with actions we had to take to stabilize our natural gas supply following the Enbridge pipeline rupture.”

Below is the breakdown of residential changes for each region. Rates will be effective January 1, 2019.

  • Residential customers in the Mainland and Vancouver Island service area will see an approximate overall annual increase of nine per cent or $68 based on an average annual usage of 90 gigajoules (GJ).
  • Residential customers in Fort Nelson will see an approximate annual increase of seven per cent or $51 based on an average annual usage of 125 GJ.
  • Residential customers in Revelstoke receiving piped propane will see an approximate annual decrease of 11 per cent or $108 based on an average annual usage of 50 GJ.

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