EPCOR Distribution & Transmission Inc. (EDTI) is the wires service supplier to the City of Edmonton and nearby areas, which includes roughly 323,000 homes and 35,000 small businesses. Its operations are comprised of delivering electricity to residential customers and maintaining the electrical infrastructure that serves the area.
EDTI is the AUC-regulated owner, operator and maintainer of the Edmonton area’s transmission lines and substations.
The Government of Alberta did not deregulate the transmission and distribution of electricity in 1996, avoiding the unnecessary cost of having various companies build redundant systems for its own use. EDTI makes the necessary electrical distribution systems available to all energy providers and retailers. EPCOR Distribution & Transmission currently operates more than 5,100 km of primary distribution lines and 200 km of transmission lines, distributing roughly 14 percent of Alberta’s total energy consumption. EDTI is responsible for the continued enhancement and growth of the infrastructure they own, meeting the growing and changing needs of the citizens of the City of Edmonton.
EDTI provides additional supplementary services to assist the energy retailers they serve, including meter reading and load analysis. EPCOR Distribution & Transmission also conducts the administration of the Distribution Tariff, as provided for by the Alberta Electric Utilities Act. The tariff includes a number of charges for which customers are ultimately responsible, including the cost for maintaining electric system access and distribution service.
Additionally, as required by the Electric Utilities Act (EUA), EDTI provides load settlement services. Load settlement comprises the steps necessary to measure the consumption of electricity by customers in Alberta, and providing that usage data to the relevant competitive and RRO electricity providers, as well as the independent system operator.