Electrical Rates

Nelson Hydro General Rate Increase for 2021

For All Nelson Hydro Customers:

To meet the rising cost of providing power, Nelson Hydro must adjust its rates for both city and rural customers. This rate increase is necessary to cover the 4.36% rate increase in our power purchase costs from FortisBC1 and includes other direct inflationary costs such as supplies and labour. These factors alone result in Nelson Hydro customers requiring a 3.32% general rate increase effective April 1, 2021.

(Did you know that 50% of our power supply is purchased from FortisBC?)

In addition, Nelson Hydro has filed an application with the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) for approval of an increase to the rural residential rates which included a detailed Cost of Service Analysis (COSA) application. 

Both applications to the BC Utilities Commission can be found at www.bcuc.com.

For Rural Residential Customers (Outside City of Nelson), click here.

New Rates Effective April 1, 2021

Residential Rates for  Urban Bi-Monthly

  • Basic Charge $16.76 per period
  • All kWh per period are billed at 10.86 cents per kWh

Residential Rates for Rural Bi-Monthly

  • Basic Charge $16.76 per period
  • All kWh per period are billed at 10.86 cents per kWh

Small Commercial Rates Urban Bi-Monthly

  • Basic Charge $38.41 per period
  • All kWh per period are billed at 12.38 cents per kWh

Small Commercial Rates Rural  Bi-Monthly

  • Basic Charge $39.59 per period
  • All kWh per period are billed at 12.75 cents per kWh

Complete List of Service Descriptions & Rates

For a complete list of Service Descriptions and Rates, view the 2021 Hydro Services Bylaw located here


NOTE: Nelson Hydro is currently reviewing rate sharing across customer classes which may result in a rate re-design. This application is currently before the  BC Utilities Commission which includes a detailed Cost of Service Analysis (COSA)  and is separate from the general rate applications for both urban and rural customers.

For More Information, please contact Nelson Hydro Administration at (250) 352-8240 or nelsonhydro@nelson.ca.