Fort Nelson natural gas bills to rise in 2019

FortisBC customers in Fort Nelson will see a seven per cent increase to their natural gas bills in 2019.

The increase comes after the Enbridge pipeline exploded in October near Prince George.

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Fort Nelson residents will see an interim increase to delivery charges, which were recently approved by the BC Utilities Commission. Fortis says these are interim changes and permanent rate decisions are expected in the first quarter of 2019, which may result in a bill adjustment for customers.

Residential customers in Fort Nelson will see an approximate annual increase of seven per cent, or $51, based on an average annual usage of 125 gigajoules.

Residents in the Mainland and on Vancouver Island will also see increases of about nine per cent, or $68. Those in Revelstoke receiving piped propane will see a decrease of about 11 per cent or $108.

Diane Roy, vice-president of regulatory affairs, said in a statement that Fortis strives to deliver natural gas at the lowest reasonable cost.

“Keeping natural gas rates low for customers is important to us but there has been an impact to our costs associated with actions we had to take to stabilize our natural gas supply following the Enbridge pipeline rupture," Roy said.

Starting next year, Fort Nelson customers will start receiving an unbundled bill showing gas commodity and delivery charges as separate line items, including the fixed daily or monthly basic charges, and the variable delivery, storage and transport, and cost of gas charges per gigajoule.

The Enbridge pipeline that ruptured two months ago has been fixed and the company has raised its maximum allowable operating pressure to 85 per cent.

— with files from Canadian Press

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