BCUC Approves FortisBC Energy Inc.’s Third Quarter Gas Commodity Rates

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BCUC Approves FortisBC Energy Inc.’s Third Quarter Gas Commodity Rates

by pmnationtalk on September 16, 202232 Views

VANCOUVER – Today, the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) completed its review of FortisBC Energy Inc.’s (FEI) third quarter gas cost reports and approved a commodity rate change in the Fort Nelson service area, by Order G-257-22.

Gas commodity rates are a flow-through of the market prices that the utility pays. The BCUC reviews FEI’s gas costs every quarter and does not approve utilities to earn a return or profit on the cost they incur to purchase the commodity.

The BCUC recognizes the impact rate changes will have on utility customers and has encouraged FEI and other energy utilities to think creatively and explore all options within their means to try and mitigate the impact to customers. One of the mitigation efforts includes extending the amortization period for commodity costs from the typical 12-month period to a 24-month period.

The total annual bill for a typical Fort Nelson residential customer with an average annual consumption of 125 gigajoules (GJ) will increase by approximately $82 or 6.3 percent. There are no changes for the Mainland and Vancouver Island service area.

The following rate has been approved by the BCUC and is in effect October 1, 2022.

Service Area Rate Class Commodity Cost Recovery

Rate

Commodity

Type

Rate Smoothing

Period

Fort Nelson Sales Rate Classes Increase by $0.656/GJ from
$5.341/GJ to $5.997/GJ
Natural Gas 24 months
Mainland and
VancouverIsland
Sales Rate Classes
and Rate Schedule46 LNG Service
No change (remains at

$5.907/GJ)

Natural Gas 24 months

About the BCUC

The BCUC is an independent regulatory body, responsible for regulating BC’s energy utilities, compulsory automobile insurance rates, and intra-and provincial pipelines rates. The BCUC is also responsible for administering BC’s Fuel Price Transparency Act. It is the BCUC’s role to balance the interests of customers with the interests of the businesses it regulates. The BCUC carries out fair and transparent reviews of matters within its jurisdiction and considers public input where public interest is impacted.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Kelsey Newsham

Communication Specialist, Communications

Phone: 604.660.4317

Email: Kelsey.Newsham@bcuc.com

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