Guelph Electricity Retailers and Natural Gas Providers
Residents of Guelph—as well as the area’s business owners and industrial operators—have a number of competitive electricity and natural gas providers to choose from for their energy needs. Some of the energy retailers currently providing services to Guelph include the following:
The above companies feature a variety of energy plans with varying terms and pricing structures, including fixed rate, variable, and fixed-fee monthly plans. To learn more about the energy options currently available in Guelph, please use our energy rate comparison form above. Simply fill out the form with your postal code and details about your energy needs, and you will be provided with an up-to-date list of the companies and plans available for purchase in Guelph.
Guelph Electricity and Natural Gas History
Guelph is located in Southern Ontario, and has a population of about 122,000 people. Despite its small size, Guelph has an outsized reputation thanks to its extremely low crime rate, and one of the lowest crime rates in Canada.
Guelph was founded in 1827 as the headquarters of the Canada Company, a British land development company which was in continuous operation until 1953. Guelph was essentially a “company town,” which meant that it was designed and built to be an industrialized city. However, Guelph remained small and lightly populated until the Grand Trunk Railroad reached Guelph in 1856. It was only then that the city really began to grow.
Electricity arrived in Guelph in 1883, with a demonstration of electric lights in the town’s Exhibition Park. The Board of Light and Heat Commissioners, the first local utility, was founded in 1903, in response to the inability of the privately owned Guelph Light and Power Company to meet local demand for electricity. The local utility purchase the company’s assets, and immediately ordered the construction of a steam plant, hydro plant, and streetlight system. Increased demand led the city to sign an agreement with Ontario Hydro (now Hydro One) to purchase electricity produced by the company’s hydro plants in Niagara.
In 1967, the Board of Light and Heat Commissioners was renamed as Guelph Hydro, and continues to be owned entirely by the city of Guelph, through Guelph Municipal Holdings, Inc. Guelph Hydro currently supplies electricity to 50,000 customers in Guelph and nearby Rockwood.