Questions about utility costs come up all the time in the forums. They get answered and quickly become both out of date and impossible to find. So, I decided to create a dedicated page for this information that, hopefully, we can keep up to date.
In general, utility rates are set by the government. On the national level you will see rates for electricity, propane, telephone and vehicle fuels. I believe water rates are set locally. For energy rates, see the INE page.
Electric rates are set by INE. For 2012, the page where you can fine the right detail page for the month of interest is here. In other words, this is a good URL for 2012 but will then change. The generic INE URL above is the right starting point but if your Spanish sucks, this will get you closer.
The rates are designed to encourage conservation. For example, here are the residential rates for October 2012.
- C$2.3498/kWh for the first 25 kWh in a month
- C$5.0621/kWh for the next 25 kWh in a month (that is, from 25 to 50 kWh)
- C$5.3018/kwh for the next 50 kwh (from 50 to 100 kWh)
- C$7.0069/kWn for the next 50 kWh
- C$6.5353/kWh for the next 350 kWh (no clue why this gets cheaper)
- C$10.3801/kWh for the next 500 kWh
- C$11.6348/kWh for the next 1000 kWh
The current exchange rate is about C$24 to the US$. That makes the low category (under 25 kWh/month) come in at a little less than $.10/kWh
To be added: vehicle fuel, propane, telephone.