Natural gas and electric rates news

Natural gas Quarterly Rate Service

We received approval to maintain the current Primary Gas Rate at 8.63¢/m3 for the period beginning May 1, 2020.

Centra calculated a pro-forma Primary Gas rate in accordance with the PUB approved Rate Setting Methodology. The resulting billed rate that flow from these calculations represented a small increase to the Primary Gas billed rate. The annual bill impact to the typical residential customer would be an increase of $4 per year.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, in the interests of its customers, Centra proposed leave the Primary Gas rate unchanged from the currently approved rates.

The Primary Gas Rate for all Quarterly Rate Service customers will remain unchanged at 8.63¢/m3 effective May 1, 2020. The Primary Gas Rate will be reviewed again on August 1, 2020. 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.