In many cases, the total cost of natural gas is more affordable than heating with other energy sources. Rates include four main parts. For a full breakdown of a Heritage Gas natural gas bill visit the “Understanding Your Bill” section of the website.
A fixed charge each month that covers the cost of your service line, natural gas meter, customer account administration and 24 hour emergency service.
- Regulated by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board.
- This fixed amount is charged regardless of the energy consumed.
- On a Heritage Gas bill this is called the Fixed Monthly Customer Charge (FMCC).
This fee is the cost to distribute natural gas through the Heritage Gas pipeline system to your property line.
- This charge is variable based on your consumption during a billing period.
- Regulated by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board
- On a Heritage Gas bill this is called the Base Energy Charge (BEC).
This is the cost of the natural gas you use each month.
- The price for natural gas depends on weather and market conditions and is not regulated by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board.
- This charge is a pass through, meaning Heritage Gas does not add any additional mark-up.
- On a Heritage Gas bill this is called the Gas Cost Recovery Rate (GCRR).
Cost of Carbon
The provincial government’s mandatory cap-and-trade system to incent a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. There is a cost of carbon applied to fuels such as gasoline, diesel, natural gas, heating fuel, propane and electricity.
Transportation Cost Recovery Rate (TCRR)
The cost to transport natural gas to the Heritage Gas distribution system. This includes fees associated with long-term natural gas transportation contracts including tolls on the major transmission routes across Canada and the United States, where the natural gas is sourced. This charge is regulated by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board.
- Both Cost of Carbon and TCRR are calculated based on the amount of natural gas you use.
Example Rate Breakdown
Average Residential Rates as of January 1, 2021.
|Charge Type||Monthly Rate||Example Charge 1 (for 7GJ)|
|Fixed Delivery Charge per month||$21.87||$21.87|
|Variable Charge per GJ||$8.685||$60.80|
|Commodity Charge per GJ||$7.55||$52.85|
|Total Monthly Charge2||-||$144.97|
|Total Annual Charge||-||$1,739.64|
- This is an example of the average rate breakdown. Your consumption may vary from the average use depending on equipment, size of space etc.
- Does not include any special fees or applicable taxes.
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