CALGARY, March 29 /CNW/ - The Regulated Rate Option (RRO) for Calgary,
which applies to all households and small businesses that have not chosen to
enter into an energy plan with a retail supplier, will be 8.34 cents per
kilowatt hour (kWh), effective April 1, 2007. The bill for a typical Calgary
household (using 625 kWh per month) will decrease by 2.3 percent to $84.07.
New provincial regulations introduced in July 2006 mean the RRO will
fluctuate monthly rather than quarterly or yearly as it has in the past.
Prices change with the energy market, depending on changing weather, seasonal
consumption demands and fuel costs such as natural gas prices. A new price for
the RRO will be announced each month as these variations are incorporated in
The monthly RRO price is determined by a combination of long and short
term prices in Alberta's wholesale electricity market, in a process which is
approved by the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board.
This change in regulation increases the importance of consumers examining
their own energy cost control choices.
What is a Regulated Rate Option (RRO)?
The RRO is the default option when no choice is made by a consumer. The
owner of the local distribution system is required by legislation to provide
the RRO to eligible customers (residential and small commercial customers who
consume less than 250,000 kWh of electricity each year) in their service area.
ENMAX Power is the local distribution company in Calgary. Anyone who has not
chosen to enter into an energy plan with a retail supplier receives the RRO by
What can customers do?
ENMAX Power, through its RRO provider, is the company responsible for
providing the RRO in Calgary and fully supports the competitive market for
electricity and consumers' rights to choose their own energy plan.
Customers have options regarding their energy bill. They are:
- Choose to do nothing and receive the default RRO, which may fluctuate
- Choose an energy plan that can offer control over energy costs and
fixed prices over longer terms. Information on these is available at
www.ucahelps.gov.ab.ca, or call 310 4822.
ENMAX Power Corporation, a subsidiary of ENMAX Corporation, and its
predecessors have provided Albertans with safe and reliable electricity for
more than 100 years. One of the most reliable urban utilities in Canada, ENMAX
Power owns, operates and maintains the distribution and much of the
transmission network in and around Calgary. Most of ENMAX Power's activities
are regulated by the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board. The non-regulated
subsidiaries managed by ENMAX Power provide engineering, procurement,
construction and maintenance for the electrical servicing of residential and
commercial developments and LRT (light rail transit) systems as well as fiber
optic networks for high speed data and internet communications. For more
information, visit our website at enmaxpower.com.
For further information:
For further information: Peter Hunt, ENMAX Power, (403) 689-6150