68. Every holder of hydraulic powers in Québec shall pay to the Minister of Energy and Resources, per 1 000 kilowatt-hours of electricity generated during the year and derived from such hydraulic powers, an additional charge of $1.58 fixed for the year 1990.
The rate of the charge shall subsequently be adjusted annually according to the percentage increase in the average of the Consumer Price Index for Canada, as published by Statistics Canada under the Statistics Act (Revised Statutes of Canada, 1985, chapter S-19), for the 12 months of the preceding year over that for the 12 months of the year preceding that year.
Where an annual average or the percentage computed under the second paragraph or where the rate of the charge thus adjusted has more than two decimals, only the first two decimals are kept and the second decimal is increased by a unit if the third decimal is 5 or over.
The Minister shall publish, in the Gazette officielle du Québec, the rate of the charge thus adjusted.
R. S. 1964, c. 84, s. 68; 1977, c. 60, s. 5; 1978, c. 39, s. 1; 1979, c. 81, s. 20; 1982, c. 62, s. 143; 1984, c. 47, s. 144; 1990, c. 6, s. 1.