CALGARY, June 27 /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 9.95 cents per
kilowatt hour (kWh), effective July 1, 2007. The bill for a typical Calgary
household (using 625 kWh per month) will increase by 13.4 percent to $96.95.
As of July 1, the regulated or default rate will reflect a higher
percentage of shorter-term market prices in accordance with RRO regulations
introduced in 2006. This could potentially cause these rates to fluctuate more
than they have 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 price.
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
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
For further information:
For further information: Peter Hunt, ENMAX Power, (403) 689-6150