What is the Government of Alberta Provincial Carbon Levy?

As part of its Climate Leadership Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Government of Alberta has introduced a levy on the price of all fuels that emit greenhouse gases when combusted. This includes natural gas. The levy will be applied beginning January 1, 2017. To learn more, see our FAQs below, visit www.climate.alberta.ca, or call 310-0000 for more information.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Carbon Levy?

The Carbon Levy is not a levy set by Direct Energy.

As part of the Government of Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, they are introducing a levy on the price of all fuels that emit greenhouse gases when combusted. This includes natural gas. The levy will be applied beginning January 1, 2017.

How much will I be charged on my monthly bill?

The amount that you will pay is based on how much natural gas you use. In 2017, the Levy will be calculated at $1.011/GJ and then increase to $1.517/GJ in 2018. The Government has estimated that for an average family of four, the yearly cost of the Levy on your natural gas bill will be $136 or about $11/month.

Will I be affected if I am on a contract with a retailer?

All Albertans will pay the Levy however the Government estimates that 60% of Albertans will be eligible for a refund. Those details can be found at www.climate.alberta.ca, or call 310-0000 for more information.

Where will I see the charge on my bill?

There will be a separate line item on your bill that says "Carbon Levy" and shows the amount.

Where does the money that I am paying for the Carbon Levy go? Does Direct Energy keep it?

All funds collected through the Carbon Levy are submitted to the Government of Alberta to support their Climate Leadership Plan. Details can be found at www.climate.alberta.ca, or call 310-0000 for more information.

Do I have to pay the carbon levy?

All Albertans will pay the Levy however the Government estimates that 60% of Albertans will be eligible for a rebate. Those details can be found at www.climate.alberta.ca, or call 310-0000 for more information.

What is Alberta's Climate Leadership Plan?

Alberta is developing a new strategy on climate change based on recommendations put forward by the Climate Change Advisory Panel. The Alberta government is moving forward on four key priorities, including the carbon levy:

More details can be found at www.climate.alberta.ca, or call 310-0000 for more information.

Who do I talk to if I have specific questions about the Carbon Levy?

Please contact the Government of Alberta directly at 310-0000. This is a toll free number accessible from anywhere in Alberta. No area code is needed.

Can DE help me become more energy efficient?

For lots of quick tips on reducing the energy use in your home, please visit directenergy.com/learning-center/energy-efficiency


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