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Deregulated Electricity Offers for Your Home

Here are the competitive electricity offers for electricity in Alberta.

Deregulated Electricity Supply Rates Commodity prices in ¢/kWh  
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Bow Valley Power 7.15 -- -- monthly admin fee $5.50 --
Brighter Futures Energy 7.9 -- -- monthly admin fee $6.50 --
Direct Energy (Alberta) 8.59 -- -- monthly admin fee $9.00 --
E NRG 7.75 -- -- monthly admin fee $6.00 --
Enmax-Calgary -- -- 8.9 monthly admin fee $7.10 --
Enmax-Other -- -- 8.9 --
Enmax-Red Deer -- -- 8.9 --
Just Energy -- 8.69 8.69 monthly admin fee $6.90 --
Mountain View Power 7.9 -- -- monthly admin fee $5.75 --
Spotpower 8.0 -- -- monthly admin fee $5.90 --
Vector Energy 7.99 -- -- monthly admin fee $7.00 --

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Prices are kept on a best-efforts basis. Customers should confirm the price on the contract received.

Regulated Direct Energy Regulated Services/ATCO Rates

Regulated Residential Rates based on 12,000 kWh/ year
Rate type Elect Supply ¢ Delivery Chg ¢ Other Charges* ¢ Total ¢/kWh Monthly Fee Estimated Bill
- Rate RES 7.12 8.30 1.67 17.09 $8.84 $2,156.34
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If you've not switched to a deregulated supplier, you're paying these rates. We have included the regulated delivery and service charges in the chart above.

The status of electricity deregulation in Alberta

Most Albertans can choose their supplier for electricity. Small volume customers that use less than 250,000 kWh per year can choose a competitive supplier, or stay with your current utility supplier. The exception is the City of Medicine Hat, where no such choice is available.

What's included in retail electricity prices

If you choose to buy from a electricity marketer, the security of your electricity service won't change and you'll still get just one bill.

  • The bill will be from the marketer.
  • Delivery charges will still be charged at the regulated rate.
  • The Energy Charge will reflect the rate you agreed to in the contract.
  • You'll be charged a Retail Fixed Service Charge (a basic fee by the retailer for providing billing, customer service, call centre, and other administrative services).
  • If you have a Municipal Franchise Fee on your bill now, it will continue.

Comparing if you use less than 250,000 kWh/year

You have two fundamental choices:

  1. Stay with the utility and pay the variable Regulated Rate option (RRO); or,
  2. Go with a deregulated energy marketer at a competitive electricity price.

The RRO is a short term price that is set for a one year term (with possible quarterly adjustments) based on expected market prices.

If the set rate turns out to be lower than the utility has to pay for the electricity provided to you, they can add a surcharge to collect the difference.

Marketers offer a broad range of choices of fixed rates. You'll be asked to choose between retailers from terms between one and five years. There might be other incentives such as Air Miles™ or a free month of electricity.

Your decision depends on your budget, and what you expect electricity prices to do over the next few years.

Regulated rates are not fixed rates, nor can they be

Alberta utility rates are regulated by the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board. Utilities can and do apply for changes to rates. They can't offer fixed contracts except through deregulated affiliates. The reason you would sign up with an energy marketer would be to avoid unexpected rate changes.

Deciding on that deregulated portion

The portion of your bill over which you have choice is about 70% of the total charge per kilowatt hour. The monthly service charge and any other services that you get from your utilitiy, such as rental equipment or a service contract, are in addition to that. That 70% goes to whomever you choose to supply your needs. Remember this split when comparing costs. When a promotional message claims a 10% saving, it is referring to 10% of the 70% over which you have choice.

Get more information from Alberta Resource Development