03/06/2014 19:12 EST | Updated 05/06/2014 05:59 EDT

Hydro-Québec rates to rise by 4.3 per cent as of April 1

Quebecers will be paying more for electricity starting April 1.

Quebec’s energy board has approved a rate increase of 4.3 per cent.

This marks the highest increase since 2004.

Hydro-Quebec had requested a 5.8 per cent increase this year, but the energy board decided that was too high.

Last year, rates went up 2.4 per cent.