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Affordable options

​A little or a lot. The choice is yours.

For as little as a few dollars a month for an average home, you can choose to designate five, 10, 25, 50 or 100 per cent of the natural gas you use as Renewable Natural Gas.1 You'll also receive a credit on the BC carbon tax on your bill, depending on the Renewable Natural Gas blend you choose. 

Calculate your contribution

Renewable Natural Gas calculator

Enter your average annual consumption of natural gas in gigajoules (GJ) from your bill and your chosen blend of Renewable Natural Gas.

Average annual GJ consumption Renewable Natural Gas blend amount Annual premium GHG reduction (tonnes CO2e) Lbs of waste diverted from landfills
$0.00 0.00 0.00

*GHG equivalent of diverting waste from our landfills through recycling.
Source: https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator.

Why is there an additional cost for Renewable Natural Gas?

We’re the first Canadian utility to invest in biogas upgrading and interconnection infrastructure. The biogas produced at the farms and landfills we work with must be captured, cleaned and injected into our system, and our suppliers need to be compensated fairly for this labour-intensive process.

Renewable Natural Gas remains an affordable option to heat your home when compared with other renewable energy sources such as electricity. The graph below shows the cost of a 100 per cent Renewable Natural Gas blend for an average residential customer. If you choose a five, 10, 25, 50 per cent blend, the cost will be even lower.

Note: Natural gas use is typically measured in gigajoules (GJ). In order to compare the cost of natural gas and Renewable Natural Gas with electricity, which is measured in kilowatt hours (kWh), we did a conversion from GJ to kWh so we can compare the cost of all four in the same terms.

Average Renewable Natural Gas costs

Effective January 1, 2018, the rate for Renewable Natural Gas is $10.039 per GJ. Below we’ve calculated the additional cost for the different blends of Renewable Natural Gas for an average customer based on this rate.*

For your home

Lower Mainland, Whistler and Interior

Here is a breakdown based on an average annual usage of 90 GJ:

​5% ​10% ​25% ​50% ​100%
​Monthly Renewable Natural Gas cost
$2.63 $5.25 $13.13 $26.25 $52.51
​Annual Renewable Natural Gas cost
$32 $63 $158 $315 $630

Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast

Here is a breakdown based on an average annual usage of 45 GJ:

​5% ​10% ​25% ​50% ​100%
​Monthly Renewable Natural Gas cost
$1.31 $2.63 $6.56 $13.13 $26.25
​Annual Renewable Natural Gas cost
$16 $32 $79 $158 $315

For your business

Small commercial rate 2

Here is a breakdown based on an average annual usage of 326 GJ:

​5% ​10% ​25% ​50% ​100%
​Monthly Renewable Natural Gas cost $9.51 $19.02 $47.55 $95.10 $190.19
​Annual Renewable Natural Gas cost $114 $228 $571 $1,141 $2,282

Large commercial rate 3

Here is a breakdown based on an average annual usage of 3,549 GJ:

​5% ​10% ​25% ​50% ​100%
​Monthly Renewable Natural Gas cost $103.53 $207.05 $517.64 $1,035.27 $2,070.55
​Annual Renewable Natural Gas cost $1,242 $2,485 $6,212 $12,423 $24,847

*Renewable Natural Gas rate is subject to yearly rate adjustments and conventional natural gas rate is subject to quarterly rate adjustments.

Carbon tax credits

When you sign up for Renewable Natural Gas, you will be moved from your current natural gas rate to the Renewable Natural Gas rate. The additional average monthly cost for signing up your home or business depends on the blend of Renewable Natural Gas you choose. Since Renewable Natural Gas is considered carbon neutral, you will receive a credit on the BC carbon tax amount on your bill proportionate to the blend you choose.

 

1Renewable Natural Gas is produced in a different manner than conventional natural gas. It is derived from biogas, which is produced from decomposing organic waste from landfills, agricultural waste and wastewater from treatment facilities. The biogas is captured and cleaned to create carbon neutral Renewable Natural Gas (also called biomethane).