ENMAX Energy (EEC) is an energy generation and retail services affiliate that offers electricity and natural gas to residents of Alberta. It sources its energy from its own facilities, as well as through long-term contracts with other facilities, and through the open market.
ENMAX offers a range of services to businesses, with electricity plan options dependent on the size and energy consumption of the companies it serves. Nearly all of its energy plans include options for natural gas service, as well as renewable green energy choices.
For low-usage small companies (single-site small offices, with equipment limited to computers and lighting, and energy consumption under 75,000 kWh per year) ENMAX offers the following:
Basic Plan: Customers receive ENMAX’s lowest guaranteed five-year fixed electricity rate, with an early cancellation fee of $125 per site, per year remaining on the contract. Natural gas is also available under this plan.
Balance Plan: A middle ground between flexibility and cost, this offers a guaranteed rate for five years. Also, the customer may cancel without penalty within 90 days, or pay early cancellation fees of $75 per site, per year remaining on the contract. Customers may also add on a natural gas plan.
EasyMax: ENMAX identifies this as its most flexible plan, with a guaranteed electricity rate for up to five years, and the ability to cancel service within 30 days without paying a penalty. Also, the customer may switch between a guaranteed or variable rate at any time without paying a fee. Natural gas options are also available.
For medium energy usage companies (using 75,000-350,000 kWh of electricity per year, with multiple business sites including large offices and light manufacturing), ENMAX also offers:
Guaranteed Rate Plan: Describing this as a plan that combines control, flexibility, and customer convenience, ENMAX offers a guaranteed electricity rate for three or five years, online data reporting and the option to use as much as 350,000 kWh of electricity per year. There are also natural gas and renewable energy options available.
ENMAX also serves very large businesses with extremely high energy consumption needs (more than 350,000 kWh per year, with multiple sites engaging in industrial or commercial operations, as well as governmental organizations). For these customers, ENMAX offers plans including:
Electricity Load Following: For businesses that have a predictable pattern of energy consumption (based on seasons, business cycles, etc.), this load following plan features guaranteed rates for electricity volumes within margins comparable to previous usage. ENMAX considers this to be idea for businesses that wish to avoid market volatility and wish to tightly control their budgets in advance.
Electricity Block Plan: Serving to balance predictability and flexibility, businesses may pre-purchase a percentage of their expected energy consumption through a block pricing plan, with volume varying for different parts of the day or week, while purchasing the rest of their electricity in real time at the current spot market price.
Electricity Index Plan: At the other end of the spectrum from the load following plan, the index plan allows businesses to purchase all of their electricity at the current AESO hourly market price, with no restriction on the volume of electricity purchased. Customers also have the option to adopt a fixed-rate plan when desired.
ENMAX was originally founded as The City of Calgary Electric System by the city itself. It began operating in December 1905, in response to the end of a contract with a private supplier of electricity the previous year. After the deregulation of the power industry in Alberta in 1996, Calgary’s City Council approved a proposal making it a wholly owned subsidiary of the City of Calgary, beginning January 1998, as the ENMAX Corporation.
In the past dozen years, ENMAX has returned more than $500 million to the City of Calgary, and has invested another $500 million into Calgary’s energy infrastructure.