Understanding Energy


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The choice is yours in home electricity

Deregulation in the electricity market gives you freedom and choice. Find out your options and see what costs go into delivering electricity to your home.

Electricity was deregulated in Alberta in 1996. Today, you’re free to stay with a regulated provider or go with a competitive provider. If you don’t choose, you’re automatically with a regulated provider.

You’re free to pick a provider

A competitive provider means more choice

When you choose your electricity retailer, you can opt for a product and price that meets your needs. You can also combine energy services to save.

Prices fluctuate for many reasons

Just like natural gas, many things affect the market price of electricity. Weather, outages, supply, surge in demand and the price of natural gas (a fuel for generators) are some of the causes.

Some costs are regulated, some not

All electricity retailers provide a charge for the amount of power consumed, plus transmission and distribution charges, GST and administration costs. The transmission and distribution charges are regulated by the government and are passed on directly by your provider. They cannot be changed and vary depending on where you live in the province.

How electricity is delivered to your home

1 Generating
Electricity is produced in large power plants.
2 Transmission
Transmission lines deliver high-voltage electricity to substations to convert it to low voltage.
3 Distribution
Distribution lines deliver low-voltage energy to neighbourhoods so it can be used by homes and businesses.
4 Home Price
Electricity is delivered to your home and consumed.

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