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Rates for Homeowners

Heritage Gas measures and bills natural gas usage in Gigajoules (GJ), which is the metric equivalent to a British Thermal Unit (BTU).

February 2017 – July 2017 Rates
Fixed Monthly Customer Charge ($/month) $21.87
Base Energy Charge ($/GJ) 1 $8.185
Gas Cost Recovery Rate ($/GJ) 2 $9.85
Total Cost ($/GJ) 3 $18.035

1 BEC has decreased from $8.685/GJ to $8.185/GJ for the period of November 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017, as per NSUARB-approved Decision. Please refer to our Regulatory page for more information

2 GCRR is a 6 month forecast and is set on August 1st and February 1st of each year for Rate Class 1 customers using up to 499 GJ/year.

3 Plus applicable taxes

 

To see a table history of Heritage Gas’ rates, please click here: Historical Rates

Fuel Cost Comparison

The price for natural gas (Total Cost, $/GJ) equals the following price in other fuels:

 

Fuel Oil – $0.7051 per litre
Propane – $0.469 per litre
Electric – $0.066 per kWh

Notes:
1 GJ = 26.1 litres of Fuel Oil
1 GJ = 39.2 litres of Propane
1 GJ = 277.79 kWh of Electricity

The fuel cost comparison includes a 4.5% Municipal Tax charge on the BEC and does not include the FMCC.

The Fixed Monthly Customer Charge and Base Energy Charge permit Heritage Gas to recover the cost of delivering natural gas to residents or businesses. These costs include building, operating, and maintaining our natural gas system. These components are regulated by the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board (NSUARB).

Fixed Monthly Customer Charge (FMCC) 

The Fixed Monthly Customer Charge (FMCC) is a fixed charge that is applied each month regardless of energy consumed. This charge appears on your bill as a “$ per month” charge. 

Base Energy Charge (BEC)

The Base Energy Charge (BEC) is a variable charge applied to the total energy consumed during the billing period. This charge appears on your bill as a “$ per GJ” charge.

Gas Cost Recovery Rate (GCRR)

The Gas Cost Recovery Rate (GCRR) is a variable charge that appears on your bill as a “$ per GJ” charge. This rate is applied to the total energy consumed during the billing period. This is a “pass through” charge, meaning there is no additional mark-up applied by Heritage Gas. This portion is reviewed biannually and is based on a 6 month forecast. The rate will be set on August 1st and February 1st of each year and is adjusted each period to reflect current market prices for natural gas. This component is not regulated by the NSUARB.