History of the Natural Gas Rebate Program

On March 31, 2009, the Natural Gas Rebate Program expired.

When natural gas prices were above the trigger price of $5.50/gigajoule (GJ), the rebate program allowed for rebates to be applied to natural gas bills. Most consumers saw the rebate as a credit on their natural gas bill. The rebate program also provided rebates to consumers of propane, heating oil and kerosene whenever a rebate was triggered.

Rebate Program Information
Rebates were triggered when consumer prices for two of the three regulated gas companies serving Alberta (Direct Energy Regulated Services North, Direct Energy Regulated Services South and AltaGas Utilities) exceed the $5.50 per GJ threshold.

If the price of natural gas for any of the winter months was... The rebate was... Approximate cost of winter program in each month the rebate is in effect*
Over $5.50, up to $7.50/GJ $1.50/GJ $50 million
Over $7.50, up to $9.00/GJ $2.50/GJ $80 million
Over $9.00, up to $12.00/GJ $3.25/GJ $105 million
Over $12.00/GJ $3.25 per GJ, plus all gas costs over $12.00 per GJ, based on the highest regulated rate Price dependent

*Based on an average winter month

Summary of rebates;
January 2009 - $1.50/ GJ rebate
October - December 2008 - $1.50/ GJ rebate
March 2008 - $3.25/ GJ rebate
February 2008 - $2.50/ GJ rebate
January 2008 - $1.50/ GJ rebate
December 2007 - $1.50/ GJ rebate
March 2007 - $3.25/ GJ rebate
January - February 2007 - $1.50/ GJ rebate
December 2006 - $2.50/ GJ rebate
November 2006 - $1.50/ GJ rebate
February - March 2006 - $1.50/ GJ rebate
January 2006 - $7.29/ GJ rebate
December 2005 - $3.25/ GJ rebate
November 2005 - $4.00/ GJ rebate
October 2005 - $3.51/ GJ rebate
January - March 2005 - $1.50/ GJ rebate
November 2004 - $2.50/GJ rebate
February, March & December 2004 - $1.50/ GJ rebate
January 2004 - $2.50/GJ rebate
No rebates for November 2003, December 2003, October 2006,
October and November 2007 and February and March 2009 when the program expired. 

The Utilities Consumer Advocate, can answer consumer questions about natural gas and electricity.