Our rate structure corresponds to a range of consumption profiles. The Régie de l’énergie approves, on an annual basis, the distribution revenues of Énergir and our rate breakdown. The Régie also approves the various rate structures and changes where applicable.
Explanation of the rates
To understand the price of natural gas, you need to understand its six components: natural gas supply, transportation, load balancing, distribution, inventory-related adjustments and cap-and-trade emission allowances system.
The bill components
Your natural gas bill can seem complicated; the following info will help you understand how it’s calculated. This video will help you demystify the 6 components included in the calculation.
The supply is the natural gas itself, the fuel. The price fluctuates according to market supply and demand. The supply price is modified monthly. We bill you the same as what we pay the producers. Learn more on gas supply (PDF)
This is the service that sends the natural gas through pipelines from the production sites to Quebec , the territory served by Énergir. The transportation prices are modified when Énergir transportation suppliers modify their own prices. We bill this service at the same price as what we pay the transportation companies. Learn more on transportation (PDF)
Load balancing means managing the variations between summer and winter consumption and natural gas storage management. This component's price is modified annually, at the beginning of October. Énergir bills this component at the same price that the load balancing tools are bought from suppliers. Learn more on load-balancing (PDF)
This is the natural gas delivery service through our distribution network. You are assigned a rate based on your comsuption. The distribution price is modified annually. Énergir's earnings come exclusively from this component of your bill. Learn more on distribution (PDF)
Énergir must store natural gas during the summer to serve customers during the winter. In order to store natural gas, costs are incurred for the supply and transportation to the storage point. The cost of these services may vary depending on the time when the natural gas is stored and the time it is consumed by customers. Learn more on inventory-related adjustments (PDF)
Cap-and-trade emission allowances services
The emission allowance cost for the natural gas combustion, which varies each month. Cap-and-Trade System is an economic tool of the Québec government aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Fuels consumed in Québec are covered by the Cap-and-Trade System through energy distributors like Énergir. The sums collected will be invested by the government in, among other things, measures aimed at combating climate change.
Two components, supply and cap and-trade emission allowances system, are not regulated and follow market supply and demand. The distribution, load balancing and transportation tariffs are reviewed each year by Énergir. Any change in the tariffs has to be approved by the Régie de l’énergie.
The Régie de l’énergie has approved Énergir’s Conditions of Service and Tariff. These terms apply to all of our customers and set out the conditions related to: natural gas services provided, billing and payment options, various applicable tariffs and rights and responsibilities.
Conditions of Service and Tariff effective as of March 16, 2023 (PDF)
Effective as of December 1, 2021 (PDF)
Effective as of December 1, 2020 (PDF)
Effective as of December 1, 2019 (PDF)
The distribution rate is the natural gas delivery service through our distribution network. You are assigned a rate based on your consumption. The general distribution rate (D1) is described below.
Applicability of the rate
- Offered to all
- No restrictions on level of consumption (no limit, no obligation to consume)
- Applicable to customers who do not have a sufficient volume to be eligible for other tariffs
- Advantageous for customers with an irregular or unpredictable consumption profile
The cost of the general distribution service is the sum of the two factors described below.
- Constitute the fixed portion of the bill
- Vary according to annual volume withdrawn
- Billed per metering equipment according to the number of days in the billing period
Unit price by volume withdrawn
- Variable portion of the bill
- Billed according to volume withdrawn during the billing period
- The higher the volume, the lower the unit price.
Volumes in excess of 100% of the subscribed volume
When the volume withdrawn during the billing period exceeds 100% of the subscribed volume, the excess volume is billed in accordance with the general distribution service D1.
A stiff penalty applies when the volume withdrawn during the billing period exceeds 150% of the subscribed volume.
To help you better understand the different components of pricing, see the PDF document below.
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