In Alberta, March’s highest monthly default natural gas rate is $2.851 per gigajoule, down from $3.715 in February. The natural gas rebate will not be triggered for March, but price protection remains in place should rates increase above $6.50 per gigajoule in the future.

Alberta’s government continues to deliver real relief to help reduce electricity costs. More than 1.9 million homes, families and small businesses will receive $25 in electricity rebates in March, and a temporary price ceiling of 13.5 cents per kilowatt hour will continue to help reduce electricity costs for Albertans on the regulated rate option (RRO).

The RRO price protection, electricity rebate and natural gas price protection are part of the Affordability Action Plan and the ongoing work to keep Alberta affordable.

Quick facts

  • In Alberta, the default regulated rates are set for the entire month and do not fluctuate. Rates are approved by the Alberta Utilities Commission and not determined by the government.
  • Under the natural gas rebate program, if the monthly default natural gas rate from any of the regulated utility providers (ATCO Gas North and ATCO Gas South, as served by Direct Energy Regulated Services, or Apex Utilities) exceed $6.50 per gigajoule, the government will provide rebates to all eligible consumers covering the difference.
    • If the monthly default rate posted on is above $6.50 per gigajoule, eligible consumers will receive the rebate as a credit on their bill based on that month’s usage.
    • If the monthly default rate posted on is at or below $6.50 per gigajoule, no rebate will be provided and no line item will appear on that month’s bill.
    • If a rebate is triggered, the rebate for petroleum-based heating fuels will be calculated in the same method as natural gas consumers, using a standardized equation to determine the consumption equivalency for the alternative fuel.
  • In December, the electricity rebate was extended to provide even more support for high utility costs.
    • Rate payers will receive two instalments of $75, to be credited directly on their bills, for January and February consumption. This will be followed by a further $25 credit on bills for March and April consumption, for a program total of $500 in rebates since July 2022.
    • Electricity rebates will appear on the bill as an individual line item called the “GOA Utility Commodity Rebate.”
  • The Government of Alberta will not send texts or emails about the rebate program and will not ask Albertans to submit personal information via text or email to receive rebates.