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Understanding Your Natural Gas Bill

Direct Energy Regulated Services purchases natural gas on your behalf and supplies it to you at a rate that is reviewed by the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC). Your natural gas bill includes a variety of information, definitions and various charges – we want to help you make better sense of it all.

Natural Gas Energy Glossary

Administration Fee (Fixed) - This fee covers the costs related to billing you for Natural Gas and providing customer service.

Carbon Levy - The Carbon Levy was an initiative as part of the 2017 Government of Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Alberta government introduced a levy on the price of all fuels that emit greenhouse gases when combusted, including natural gas. The levy was effective from January 1, 2017, to May 30, 2019.

Conversion Factor - The volume used between meter readings is measured in units of thousands of cubic feet (MCF). This volume is then multiplied by a conversion factor that takes into account the energy content, the pressure at which the gas is delivered, and the conversion from imperial units to metric. The result is the energy consumption that appears on your bill.

Cost of Gas - This is what Direct Energy Regulated Services charges for buying the natural gas that is supplied to you during the billing period.

Delivery Charge (Fixed/Variable) - All operating costs and revenue for ATCO Gas are recovered through the delivery charges. The fixed charge is a flat daily charge to recover a portion of the total delivery charges. The variable charge covers the remainder of the total delivery charges. The variable charge is based on natural gas consumption for the billing period.

Energy Used (GJ) - The energy used represents the gigajoules you consumed in the billing period. This can either be an actual or an estimate.

Federal Carbon Tax - Government of Canada introduced the federal price on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions beginning in January 2019 to provinces or territories that have not implemented a carbon pricing regime. Alberta will have to adhere to the federal regulation effective January 1, 2020.

From and To Reads - The "From" and "To" reads are your last actual meter readings. The difference between the "To" and "From" meter readings will provide you the usage for that period.

Meter Number - This is the number attached to the meter installed on your premise. This number is unique to each meter assigned.

Municipal Franchise Fee - This fee is set by your municipality as a charge for natural gas facilities on municipal property. ATCO Gas remits this amount to your local municipality.

Rate Rider(s) - This item reflects temporary changes to your bill reviewed by the Alberta Utilities Commission. It may be a credit or a debit.

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