Oshawa Electricity Retailers and Natural Gas Providers
Residents and business owners in Oshawa have a large number of competitive electricity and natural gas providers to choose from for their energy needs. Some of the retailers in the Oshawa area currently providing retail energy services include:
These retail energy providers have a variety of plans and rate structures available to choose from, including fixed rate, variable, and monthly plans with a single fixed fee. To get an overview of the energy options currently available in Oshawa, please try our energy rate comparison form above. Simply enter your postal code, choose from ‘electricity’ or ‘natural gas,’ and specify whether you’re looking for residential or business plans in order to view an up-to-date list of companies and energy plans available in Oshawa.
Oshawa Electricity and Natural Gas History
Oshawa, located in Southern Ontario, is Canada’s 31st largest city, with a population of roughly 150,000 residents. Oshawa was settled by trappers, and soon attracted a large number of immigrants from the United States who wished to live under British rule. Oshawa was officially incorporated as a village in 1850.
Oshawa was rapidly industrialized, with its businesses largely being comprised of tanneries, asheries, and wagon factories. Despite the large number of manufacturing facilities in Oshawa, the village was slow to be connected to Ontario’s railways. However, enterprising businessmen realized that constructing a connecting railway between Oshawa’s harbor and the Grand Trunk Railway could be a boon for the area. The Oshawa Railway and Navigation Company was founded in 1887, but the first railway wasn’t completed until 1895. This electric railroad had few passengers, but turned a profit due to the large amount of freight it transported.
It was this transport method that instigated the development of electrical generation and distribution in the area. In 1929, the local electrical grid was purchased by the Ontario Government, and the city of Oshawa established the Oshawa Public Utilities Commission to operate the system. In 2000, the Oshawa PUC was retired in response to deregulation, and Oshawa PUC Networks Inc. currently serves as the local electrical distributor.