All Albertans have the opportunity to choose their retailer—either by signing up for a competitive contract or staying on the regulated rate. There are a number of energy retailers in Alberta offering a variety of natural gas and electricity contracts. A list of energy retailers can be found at www.ucahelps.gov.ab.ca or by calling: In Alberta, 310-4-UCA (310-4822), Outside Alberta, 780-644-5130.
Direct Energy Regulated Services supports customers that are eligible for the Regulated Rate Option which requires an annual usage of less than 250,000 kWh. If your business' annual usage exceeds this amount, you are required to either select a competitive retailer or be serviced by the Default Supplier in the ATCO Electric service territory. Based on the location of your business, the Default Supplier is Direct Energy Business.
The Regulated Rate Option (RRO) is a regulated electricity rate available to all eligible customers. The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) reviews the rate calculation. If you have not chosen a competitive electricity retailer—and are eligible—then you're automatically an RRO customer. The RRO rate changes every month.
The Regulated Rate Option (RRO) is decided under a pre-determined price-setting plan that was approved by the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC). The rate is calculated in accordance with this plan in advance of each month and is reviewed by the AUC.
Anyone who consumes less than 250,000 kWh per year is eligible. The average household uses approximately 7,600 kWh per year.
The Gas Cost Flow-through Rate (GCFR) is the natural gas rate that is set by Direct Energy Regulated Services (DERS) on a monthly basis. DERS submits the GCFR to the Alberta Utilities Commission for review on the fifth last business day of each month. The methodology used to set the GCFR has been approved by the AUC.
The Gas Cost Flow-through Rate (GCFR) is determined based on a forecast of estimated natural gas load and price for the upcoming month. Any under- or over-recovery from previous months is also included in the GCFR for the upcoming month.
All customers in the ATCO Gas service territory are eligible for the Gas Cost Flow-through Rate.
The Federal Carbon Tax is not a levy set by Direct Energy Regulated Services but is part of the federal government's carbon pollution pricing system. It is applied to fuels that emit greenhouse gases when combusted, including natural gas. As part of the Government of Canada's commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a tax was introduced on the price of all fuels that emit greenhouse gases.
Effective January 1, 2020, the Federal Carbon Tax is $1.050/GJ and it will increase to $1.576/GJ on April 1, 2020. While how much you will pay is based on how much natural gas you use, the Federal Government has estimated that for an average family of four, the yearly cost of the tax on a customer natural gas bill will be $160 or about $14/month.
All Albertans will have to pay the Federal Carbon Tax, however they will be eligible for a Federal Carbon Tax Rebate administered through the income tax system as a Climate Action Incentive payment. Details can be found at www.canada.ca/cai-payment.
Please contact the Canada Revenue Agency at email@example.com or contact the regional Prairies Office at 1-866-439-4202.
Yes. You will still contact ATCO Electric or ATCO Gas directly for these services. Please continue to call ATCO Electric or ATCO Gas for all your power and natural gas emergencies.
If you smell natural gas or suspect carbon monoxide is present, call your local utility's 24 hour emergency line or 911 immediately. Your local utility company is also responsible for power outages and other emergencies.