Monthly Natural Gas Rates in British Columbia Will Increase in October, Says FortisBC – BC | The Canadian News

Utility company FortisBC will increase natural gas rates across the province starting next month.

Customers in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Inland and Revelstoke will see their gas rates increase by $ 1 per gigajoule beginning Oct. 1. Based on the average natural gas usage of eight gigajoules per month, customers in those areas will see their monthly rate. Increase of nine percent, or about $ 8, the company said.

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Those in Fort Nelson will see an increase of just under a dollar per gigajoule.

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FortisBC says rates are increasing to reflect the higher cost of acquiring natural gas.

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“We purchase natural gas at prices based on the market and factors such as supply and demand and economic conditions affect the price,” said Joe Mazza, vice president of power supply and resource development at FortisBC, in a statement.

“We understand that energy costs are an important consideration in household budgets and we are always here to help our customers manage their energy bills and use.”

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