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Status: Introduced April 20, 2022
Ministry responsible: Energy
Bill 18, the Utility Commodity Rebate Act, would establish new legislation to allow government to provide upcoming electricity and heating rebates to Albertans.
If passed, Bill 18 will also repeal the Natural Gas Price Protection Act, which doesn’t allow for rebates on electricity bills. The new act would enable the creation of an Electricity Rebate Program and a Natural Gas Rebate Program to help Albertans manage the cost of electricity and natural gas.
Most households, small apartment buildings, farms, and small industrial and commercial businesses would be eligible for both rebates. This includes an electricity rebate that would provide help to more than 1.9 million families, farms and businesses who experienced high electricity charges in January, February and March 2022.
Proposed changes are part of our ongoing efforts to combat the rising cost of living and help Albertans keep more money in their pockets.
If passed, Bill 18 will repeal the Natural Gas Price Protection Act and introduce the Utility Commodity Rebate Act to:
- bring all utility commodities under one Act to develop regulations quickly for different types of commodities, fuels, and rebate price thresholds
- enable government to issue upcoming electricity rebates of $50 per month for 3 consecutive months, for a total rebate of $150, for customers whose electricity use is under 250 MW hours per year
- enable government to provide a natural gas rebate if regulated natural gas rates exceed $6.50 per gigajoule next winter
Learn more: Bill 18, the Utility Commodity Rebate Act fact sheet (PDF, 77 KB)
If passed, Bill 18 would take effect upon receiving royal assent. More information on the electricity and natural gas rebate will be provided in the near future.
- Enabling energy rebates for nearly 2M Albertans (April, 20, 2022)
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