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Alberta Carbon Levy Q & A

What is the carbon levy?

The carbon levy is being introduced by the Alberta Government under The Climate Leadership Plan to reduce carbon emissions and will be in effect January 1, 2017.

An economy-wide price on carbon is the most cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. The carbon levy will be applied to purchases of heating and transportation fuels such as diesel, gasoline, natural gas and propane.

What types of fuel are subject to the carbon levy and what are the rates?

The carbon levy will apply to purchases of all fossil fuels that produce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when combusted. This includes fuels used for transportation and heating purposes. The carbon levy will not apply directly to consumer purchases of electricity.

The carbon price of $20 per tonne, effective January 1, 2017, will be applied to individual fuels based on the amount of GHG emissions released when the fuel is combusted. This price will rise to $30 per tonne on January 1, 2018.

Carbon Levy Rates – Major Fuels

Type of FuelJanuary 1, 2017 Rate ($20/tonne)January 1, 2018 Rate ($30/tonne)
Diesel 5.35 ¢/L 8.03 ¢/L
Gasoline 4.49 ¢/L 6.73 ¢/L
Propane 3.08 ¢/L 4.62 ¢/L

All of the fuels that have a carbon levy applied to them can be found on the Carbon Levy Rates table.

How will the carbon levy be displayed on invoices?

The carbon levy will be displayed as a separate line item on our invoices.

Who qualifies for an exemption from the carbon levy?

Current exemptions from the carbon levy are indicated below, including:

  • Purchases of fuel on-reserve or at other prescribed locations by eligible First Nations and individuals for personal and business use
  • Marked gasoline and diesel used by farmers in farming operations
  • Biofuels, including biomethane, biodiesel and ethanol
  • Inter-jurisdictional flights
  • Fuel sold for export
  • Industrial exemptions in cases where fuel is used in industrial processes but not combusted
  • Natural gas produced and consumed on site by conventional oil and gas producers (until Jan 1, 2023)
  • The use of heating fuels on sites subject to the Specified Gas Emitters Regulations (SGER)/output-based allocation regime

Customers should submit their exemption certificate or license with Bluewave Energy account number to

Where do I find more information on the Alberta carbon levy?
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