Fort Nelson natural gas bills to rise again

Fort Nelson residents can expect to see their natural gas bills rise by another $6 a month starting Aug. 1.

FortisBC says it has been approved by the BC Utilities Commission to increase its natural gas rates from $1.048 per gigajoule to $1.695.

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The company cited a “volatile natural gas market” and said the BCUC had allowed a one-month delay to the rate changes due to the COVID-19 economic recovery.

The rate hike will amount to $81 per year, based on an average household consumption of eight gigajoules per month, the company said.

It's is the second time this year Fortis has increased rates in Fort Nelson.

The company increased delivery and storage and transportation rates on Jan. 1, which hiked the average gas bill by $49 for the year.

Rates will be reviewed again Oct. 1, the company said.

“We strive to provide a safe and reliable supply of natural gas at the lowest reasonable cost,” Diane Roy, vice-president of regulatory affairs, said in a release.

“Even with the current cost of gas increase, natural gas prices in British Columbia remain among their lowest levels in almost 15 years.”

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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