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New report shows electricity prices in B.C. remain third lowest in North America

VANCOUVER — A new independent report indicates that average electricity prices for residential customers in British Columbia remain the third lowest in North America, behind only Montreal and Winnipeg.

The average monthly residential bill in B.C. is about $40 lower than the average of the cities surveyed.

View the Residential Rates Comparison Infographic [JPG, 219 KB ]

The Hydro-Quebec report also shows that B.C. has the fourth lowest rates in North America for commercial and large industrial customers.

Utilities across North America, including BC Hydro, continue to see increases in costs driven by the need to make substantial investments in aging facilities and infrastructure. The Province of B.C. and BC Hydro have introduced a 10-year plan to keep rates as low as possible while BC Hydro makes investments in aging assets and new infrastructure that support B.C.'s growing population and economy.

BC Hydro is forecasting expenditures, on average, of about $2 billion a year over the next 10 years to refurbish, upgrade, expand and add to its system of dams and wires — the generation, transmission and distribution assets that create and deliver electricity to B.C.'s homes, businesses and industry.

The report is compiled each year by Hydro-Quebec. The authors take a look at rates on April 1 each year. The report is available online [PDF, 1.7 MB].

Background: ranking of BC Hydro rates for three-year period (April 1)

Rate classification 2014 2013 2012
Residential 3rd 3rd 4th
Small Power 4th 4th 5th
Medium Power 3rd 4th 5th
Large Power 4th 5th 4th


Background: Comparison of monthly residential electricity bills by city

(based on use of 1,000 kilwatt hours per month, excluding taxes and fees, in Canadian dollars)

City Dollars (CAD)
Montreal, QC 70.58
Winnipeg, MB 78.92
Vancouver, BC 97.07
Calgary, AB 134.06
Toronto, ON 137.84
Charlottetown, PEI 152.37
Seattle, WA 104.36
Portland, OR 119.32
Detroit, MI 161.95
Boston, MA 204.18
San Francisco, CA 261.50
New York, NY 307.36

For more information please contact:

BC Hydro Media Relations
p. 604 928 6468