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The rider is not optional, it will apply to all consumers of natural gas and electricity, not just those who used the program. Even large commercial accounts that did not qualify for deferral will be asked to pay the rider.
Yes, the Distribution Rider will apply to all consumers regardless of which retailer you choose. Switching companies won't allow you to avoid the rider.
You may contact the Alberta Utilities Commission for further information. Alternatively, you can reach out to your Member of the Legislative Assembly's (MLA's) office.
This policy has been placed on all retailers, including Direct Energy, by the Alberta government.
The Utility Payment Deferral Program was implemented by the provincial government in response to the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Utility customers were able to defer their bill payments between March 18, 2020...
It will be applied from November 1, 2021 to February 28, 2022.
The rider is $0.037 (3.7 cents) per GJ for gas; for electricity it is $0.43 (43 cents) per megawatt-hour (MWh), or 0.043 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh). The charge on an average residential natural gas bill will be approximately...