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Natural gas and electric rates news

Quarterly Primary Gas rate

We received approval for a Primary Gas Rate increase from 13.43¢ per cubic metre to 20.55¢ per cubic metre effective May 1, 2022. The annual bill for a typical residential customer will increase by approximately 20.5% or $150 per year. For larger volume customers, annualized bill impacts range from increases of 22.4% to 40.7% depending on customer rate class and consumption levels.

This rate increase is mainly the result of changes in the price of natural gas from Western Canada. Increasing natural gas prices are due to a colder than usual early-spring season across much of North America which reduced North American natural gas storage levels. The demand to replace storage levels and support North American liquefied natural gas exports remain strong.

We do not make any profit on the sale of Primary Gas. The price that we pay for Primary Gas is passed directly on to customers without any markup.

Natural gas Fixed Rate Service

NEW Enrol from May 10 to June 3 for Fixed Rate Service beginning August 1, 2022. Fixed Rate Service provides residential and commercial customers the option to choose a fixed rate for their Primary Natural Gas for a 1, 3 or 5-year term through Manitoba Hydro.

Read more about buying natural gas, including fixed rate primary gas.

Electricity rates

Effective January 1, 2022, electricity rates increased on average 3.6%. Rate increases differ by customer class to better reflect the average cost to serve each class. Current rates remain unchanged for certain customers in remote diesel-served communities.

Average increase by customer class
Customer class Average increase
Residential 3.8%
General service small – non demand 2.5%
General service small – demand 3.6%
General service medium 3.8%
General service large 750 V–30 kV 3.8%
General service large 30 kV–100 kV 3.8%
General service large > 100 kV 3.8%
Area & roadway lighting 1.3%

The rate increases effective January 1, 2022, will result in an approximate $4 increase in the monthly bill of a residential customer without electric heat using 1,000 kilowatt-hours per month, and an approximate $7 increase in the monthly bill for a residential customer with electric heat using 2,000 kilowatt-hours per month.

Read more about Manitoba Hydro’s application to the PUB and the reasons for the rate increase.

What to do if you can’t pay your bill.

View all approved rate change orders on the PUB website.