Letter: FortisBC billing ‘manipulative’

For February I used only $29.87 worth of gas, yet my total bill is $98.97. That’s 70% of add-ons of the actual gas I used.

To the editor:

The manipulative creativity of Fortis Gas administrators and our Provincial Government never ceases to amaze me.

We now have a new charge called Storage and Transport.  What is the difference between Transport and the already existing Delivery Charge?

Bottom line is that the Cost of Gas (the gas you actually use) is a fractional amount of the total of all the other charges: Basic Charge, Delivery Charge, Storage and Transport, Franchise Fee, Carbon Tax, Clean Energy Levy and GST.

For February, one of the coldest months of the year, I used only $29.87 worth of gas, yet my total bill is $98.97.  That’s 70% of add-ons of the actual gas I used.  It is worse in the summer, of course, when 6.5% of the bill goes to the gas I use and a whopping 93.5 to the other charges – charges I can do nothing about.

Where’s the incentive to conserve?

Lynda Zorn, Kelowna