The City of Saskatoon sets its utility rates to match those established by SaskPower, and includes the Municipal Surcharge charged by SaskPower. This is to create fairness in rates and equality between utility customers regardless of where they live within Saskatoon Light & Power's or SaskPower’s service areas.
On March 4, 2019, the Government of Saskatchewan announced a new electrical rate tax to become effective April 1, 2019, due to the Federal Government’s new Carbon Pollution Pricing System . As a result, a new Federal Carbon Charge will be collected by SaskPower on the amount of electricity used by each customer, to offset costs resulting from the new carbon tax imposed on power producers.
SaskPower has previously indicated that they do not expect to request any further rate increases intended to support their operations until 2020. SaskPower has estimated that the average residential utility customer will pay an additional $18 in 2019 because of the new carbon charge.
To ensure that the City’s rates are equal to SaskPower’s, a new charge is required within each of the Residential, General Service II, III, IV, V and VI rate categories. A redesigned utility statement will show the new Carbon Charge applied on a kilowatt Hour (kWh) basis similar to the current Energy Charges, matching SaskPower’s Federal Carbon Charge including the Municipal Surcharge.
The 2019 Electrical Rates that include the Federal Carbon Charge will be applied to each of the residential and commercial rate categories effective April 1, 2019.
Interested in how your electrical consumption was calculated? The Consumption Calculator below gives you a detailed snapshot of the rates used to calculate your electrical charges after you enter your number of service days and usage; this Sample Utility Statement shows you the numbers you'll need to enter. (Commercial customer, also enter your KVA). The 2019 approved rates will be shown in the Consumption Calculator starting April 1, 2019.