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Fourth year of federal carbon charge on natural gas starts April 1

As part of the federal government’s carbon pollution pricing system, the carbon charge applied to fossil fuels increases April 1, 2022 from $40 per tonne of greenhouse gas emissions to $50 per tonne or 9.79 cents per cubic metre of natural gas.

The increase is expected to result in an average annual increase of approximately $44 to natural gas bills for the typical residential customer.

The federal government’s carbon charge is on fossil fuels that produce carbon dioxide emissions or other greenhouse gases with an equivalent global warming potential. Since burning natural gas produces greenhouse gas, the carbon charge applies to the natural gas sold to our customers. The federal carbon charge can be found on your energy bill in the natural gas section.

The carbon charge started at $20 per tonne April 1, 2019 and has increased by $10 per tonne each year until it reaches $50 per tonne customers in 2022. Effective April 1, 2022, the rate per cubic metre of natural gas consumed increases by 1.96 cents from 7.83 cents to 9.79 cents on each cubic metre of natural gas consumed.

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