The price of propane will drop significantly in Revelstoke starting April 1, FortisBC announced.
Residential customers who receive piped propane to their homes will pay $10.834 per gigajoule, a decrease of $4.513 per GJ from the current commodity rate.
According to FortisBC, the average residential customer will save $226 per year on their gas bills under the new rate.
“Oil prices have declined as well, driven by increased North American oil supplies and reduced international demand,” said Cynthia Des Brisay, the vice president of energy supply and resource development in a news release. “This drop in oil prices has helped to lower propane prices, benefitting our propane customers.”
The propane rate is still significantly higher than the cost of natural gas, which is going down to $2.486 per gigajoule. FortisBC intends on switching Revelstoke to natural gas in 2017.
FortisBC reviews rates every three months and rate changes must be approved by the BC Utilities Commission.
The latest reduction rates follows a smaller decrease at the start of the year. The decreases more than negate the $4.290 per GJ propane rate increase that took place a year ago.