Natural gas and electric rates news

Natural gas Quarterly Rate Service

We received approval for a Primary Gas Rate change effective May 1, 2019. This rate change results in an annual bill increase for a typical residential customer of 1.1% or approximately $8 per year. For larger volume customers, annualized bill impacts range from an increase of 1.3% to 2.5% depending on the rate class and level of consumption.

This rate change is a result of changes to the forecast price that Centra pays for natural gas and the amounts in gas deferral account.

The Primary Gas Rate for all Quarterly Rate Service customers will increase to 9.45¢/m3 effective May 1, 2019. The price that we pay for this Primary Gas supply option is passed directly on to customers without any markup. As a result, we do not make any profit on the sale of Primary Gas.

Natural gas Fixed Rate Service

The Fixed Rate Service is offered to natural gas consumers on a periodic basis throughout the year. It provides residential and commercial customers the option to lock in their Primary Gas rate for a 1, 3, or 5-year term through Manitoba Hydro.

Electricity rates news

On June 1, 2019, the electricity rates changed to reflect an average revenue increase of 2.5% for most customer classes. This increase was approved by the Public Utilities Board of Manitoba (PUB).

As part of the PUB’s Order, electricity rates for the First Nations on-reserve residential class and residential diesel class customers were maintained at levels approved by the PUB effective August 2017. Rates for the general service small non-demand class have been adjusted to more accurately reflect the cost to serve these customers.

Summary of the average increases by customer class
Class Average increase
Residential 2.5%
Residential First Nations on-reserve 0.0%
General service small non-demand 1.3%
General service small demand 2.5%
General service medium 2.5%
General service large 750 V to 30 kV 2.5%
General service large 30 to 100 kV 2.5%
General service large >100 kV 2.5%
Area & roadway lighting 2.5%

A residential customer without electric space heat, using an average of 1,000 kilowatt-hours per month, will see an increase of approximately $2.34 per month. A residential customer with electric space heat, using an average of 2,000 kilowatt-hours per month, will see an increase of approximately $4.47 per month.

The PUB’s Order approving the rate change may be accessed through the PUB’s website.