Gas prices in Port Alice on the rise

Gas prices in Port Alice might be on the rise, as Port Alice Gas Inc. has requested a change in rates

Gas prices in Port Alice might be on the rise, as Port Alice Gas Inc. has requested a change in rates from the BC Utilities Commission. “The commodity charge is based on what we pay for the product,” said David Dick, president of Port Alice Gas Inc., during the Dec. 9 Village of Port Alice council meeting. “We really don’t have the volume to charge at the current rate and remain viable,” Dick said.Since 1995, Port Alice Gas Inc. has charged a $6 per month basic fee. According to Dick, modest gas users will see little change in their monthly bill. Heavy gas users will be looking at an additional $20 per month, bringing the total to $26.”We simply waited too long to do the increase,” Dick stated, adding that if the increase goes through, their projected profit for the year would be $13,000.Ultimately, “The BC Utilities Commission will determine if the change in rates and fare is fair for the community and fair for me.”