Commission Moves to Weekly Petroleum Pricing
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, July 30, 2019 -
As a result of recent price volatility in petroleum products caused by market fluctuations beyond normal,
the Island Regulatory and Appeals Commission has decided to move to weekly pricing for the next two months.
Beginning Friday, August 9, 2019, price adjustments on gas, diesel, and furnace oil will take effect at 12:01 a.m. every Friday.
Propane prices will be set every second Friday, starting August 16th.
The Commission expects that moving to weekly pricing will provide a price to consumers and the industry that more accurately
reflects the market price of the product. In the past year, commodity prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange have experienced
wide fluctuations causing large swings in the wholesale price of petroleum in Atlantic Canada.
The Commission intends to avoid unscheduled price adjustments with weekly pricing and, in doing so, provide more price certainty to
consumers and retailers. In the past four months, seven unscheduled price adjustments occurred as a result of market volatility.
In 2019, the price of gas has fluctuated from a low of 99.1 cents per litre in January to a high of 134.6 cpl in April.
The other Atlantic Provinces set petroleum prices on a weekly basis.