Business natural gas rates

Your natural gas business rate is made up of commodity and delivery charges. Commodity charges are reviewed by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) every three months, while delivery charges are reviewed annually. If any rate changes occur, the BCUC always approves them first before they are passed on to you.  

There are seven rate schedules for different businesses. Choose your rate schedule to learn more about how your rate is structured and to get detailed tariff information. 

Rate 2

You are a commercial, institutional or small industrial operation and use less than 2,000 GJ annually (e.g. restaurants, apartment buildings).

For more details, see Rate 2 tariff documentation for Mainland & Vancouver Island (including North & South Interior) or for Fort Nelson or our general terms and conditions.

Mainland & Vancouver Island (including North & South Interior) rates

As of January 1, 2019, customers will see an overall annual increase to their natural gas bill. The change is due to an interim increase to the storage and transport charges and delivery charges. These rates will be interim pending a decision from the BCUC on the permanent rates, which is expected in the first quarter of 2019.

(Effective January 1, 2019)
Basic charge per day$0.9485
Delivery charge per GJ$3.357
Storage and transport charge per GJ$1.467
Cost of gas per GJ$1.549

Example: how to calculate a monthly bill
Average monthly consumption130 GJ
Basic charge2$29.40
Delivery charge$100.71
Storage and transport charge$44.01
Cost of gas$46.47
Total monthly bill3$220.59

1Please note this is an example of a bill and your consumption may vary from this average.
2Based on a 31 day month.
3Does not include applicable taxes/franchise fees.

Fort Nelson 

As of January 1, 2019, customers will see an overall annual decrease to their natural gas bill. This change reflects both the implementation of the rate design decision received in 2018 and an interim increase to delivery charges as approved by the BCUC. Interim rates will remain pending a decision from the BCUC on the permanent rates, which is expected in the first quarter of 2019. FortisBC is a utility regulated by the BCUC and all rate changes are approved by the BCUC.

As of January, Fort Nelson gas bills were also “unbundled” meaning the look of your bill has changed. Learn more.

Fort Nelson service area
(Effective January 1, 2019)
Basic charge per day$1.2151
Delivery charge per GJ$4.195
Storage and transport charge per GJ$0.044
Cost of gas per GJ$1.552
Example: how to calculate a monthly bill
Average monthly consumption130 GJ
Basic charge2$37.67
Delivery charge$125.85
Storage and transport charge$1.32
Cost of gas$46.56
Total monthly bill3$211.40

1Please note this is an example of a bill and your consumption may vary from this average.
2Based on a 31 day month.
3Does not include applicable taxes/franchise fees.

Revelstoke

(Effective January 1, 2019) 
Basic charge per day1$0.9485
Delivery charge per GJ$3.357
Cost of propane per GJ$9.530

Example: how to calculate a monthly bill
Average monthly consumption230 GJ
Basic charge3$29.40
Delivery charge$100.71
Cost of propane$285.90
Total monthly bill4$416.59

1The total basic charge will vary based on the number of days in the billing period.
2Please note this is an example of a bill and your consumption may vary from this average.
3Based on a 31 day month.
4Does not include applicable taxes/franchise fees.

Rate 3

You are a commercial, institutional or small industrial operation and use more than 2,000 GJ annually (e.g. schools, offices).

For more details, see Rate 3 tariff documentation for Mainland & Vancouver Island (including North & South Interior) or for Fort Nelson or our general terms and conditions.

Mainland and Vancouver Island (including North and South Interior) rates

As of January 1, 2019, customers will see an overall annual increase to their natural gas bill. The change is due to an interim increase to the storage and transport charges and delivery charges. These rates will be interim pending a decision from the BCUC on the permanent rates, which is expected in the first quarter of 2019.

Mainland service area
(Effective January 1, 2019)
Basic charge per day $4.7895
Delivery charge per GJ $2.950
Storage and transport charge per GJ $1.226
Cost of gas per GJ $1.549

Example: how to calculate a monthly bill
Average monthly consumption1 200 GJ
Basic charge2 $148.47
Delivery charge $590.00
Storage and transport charge $245.20
Cost of gas $309.80
Total monthly bill3 $1,293.47

1Please note this is an example of a bill and your consumption may vary from this average.
2Based on a 31 day month.
3Does not include applicable taxes/franchise fees.

Fort Nelson

As of January 1, 2019, customers will see an overall annual decrease to their natural gas bill. This change reflects both the implementation of the rate design decision received in 2018 and an interim increase to delivery charges as approved by the BCUC. Interim rates will remain pending a decision from the BCUC on the permanent rates, which is expected in the first quarter of 2019. FortisBC is a utility regulated by the BCUC and all rate changes are approved by the BCUC.

As of January, Fort Nelson gas bills were also “unbundled” meaning the look of your bill has changed. Learn more.

Fort Nelson service area rates
(Effective January 1, 2019)
Basic charge per day $3.6845
Delivery charge per GJ $3.691
Storage and transport cost per GJ $0.037
Cost of gas per GJ $1.552
Example: how to calculate a monthly bill
Average monthly consumption1 200 GJ
Basic charge2 $114.22
Delivery charge $738.20
Storage and transport charge $7.40
Cost of gas $310.40
Total monthly bill3 $1,170.22

1Please note this is an example of a bill and your consumption may vary from this average.
2Based on a 31 day month.
3Does not include applicable taxes or franchise fees.

Revelstoke

Revelstoke service area
(Effective January 1, 2019)
Basic charge per day1 $4.7895
Delivery charge per GJ $2.950
Cost of propane per GJ $9.530

Example: how to calculate a monthly bill
Average monthly consumption2 300 GJ
Basic charge3 $148.47
Delivery charge $885.00
Cost of propane $2,859.00
Total monthly bill4 $3,892.47

1The total basic charge will vary based on the number of days in the billing period.
2Please note this is an example of a bill and your consumption may vary from this average.
3Based on a 31 day month.
4Does not include applicable taxes/franchise fees.

 

Rate 4

You are a large commercial operation or institution that uses natural gas only in the warmer months between April 1 and November 1 (e.g. municipal swimming pools, summer agricultural crops).

Your rate structure is made up of a fixed daily basic charge that is only applicable to billing periods when gas is consumed. There are also variable charges for each gigajoule of gas based on the time of year it is consumed, including a delivery charge (also called transportation) and a commodity charge (the gas consumed).

Important: This service is intended for seasonal use only. Customers using Rate 4 in the winter months are charged a substantial premium. Rate 4 is authorized by written consent only and specific terms and conditions may apply.

For more details, see Rate 4 tariff documentation or all our general terms and conditions.

Rate 5

You are a large-volume commercial, institutional, multi-family or other customer that uses about 5,000 GJ or more annually. Rate 5 is authorized by written contract only and specific terms and conditions may apply.

Your rate structure is made up of fixed and variable charges: 

  • Fixed charges: the two fixed charges are independent of the amount of gas you use each month. These charges include a daily basic charge and a demand volume charge. The demand volume charge is based on a peak daily consumption calculation. It is set once a year and is separate from the volume of gas used each month.
  • Variable charges: apply to each gigajoule of gas used. These charges cover the delivery of gas (also called transportation) and the commodity (the actual gas used).

For more details, see Rate 5 tariff documentation for Mainland & Vancouver Island (including North & South Interior) or for Fort Nelson or all our general terms and conditions.

Rate 6

You are a company with a fleet of natural gas vehicles or one that retails natural gas to customers with natural gas vehicles.

For more details, see Rate 6 tariff documentation for Mainland & Vancouver Island (including North & South Interior) or for Fort Nelson or all our general terms and conditions.

Rate 7

You are a large-volume customer with the ability to switch to an alternative energy source. Rate 7 is authorized by written contract only and specific terms and conditions may apply.

Interruption of service can typically occur during the coldest days of the year and you may be required to stop using natural gas.

Your rate structure is made up of a fixed basic charge and variable charges for each gigajoule of gas you use. Variable charges include the delivery of gas (also called transportation) and a commodity charge (the actual gas used).

For more details, see Rate 7 tariff documentation or all our general terms and conditions.