Windsor Electricity Retailers and Natural Gas Providers
Windsor residents and business owners have a number of commercial electricity and natural gas companies to choose from to fulfill their energy needs. Some of the competitive companies currently offering retail services in the Windsor area include:
These energy companies offer plans with a range of terms and rate structures, including fixed rate, variable rate, and monthly fixed-fee plans. To find out what your Windsor energy options are, try out our energy rate comparison form above. Just enter your postal code, select the ‘electricity’ or ‘natural gas’ option, and indicate whether you are looking for residential or business service. You will immediately be provided with an up-to-date list of the current rate options currently available in your area
Windsor Electricity and Natural Gas History
Thanks to its proximity to the United States—located just across the Detroit River from the city of Detroit, Windsor is the southernmost city in Canada—Windsor has a complex history and culture. With a population of over 210,000 people, Windsor is the 23rd largest city in Canada.
Originally settled by the French, who (depending on their mood) referred to it as Petite Côte or La Côte de Misère, Windsor received a major influx of British settlers in the 1790s, who dubbed the area “Sandwich.” It was not until 1854 that the then-village received its official name of Windsor. That same year, Windsor was connected to the Grand Trunk Railway, beginning the process of industrialization and modernization that many Ontario cities enjoyed after the arrival of railway transportation.
The electrification of Windsor was driven by the desire for a public transit system. In 1886, North America’s first electric streetcar system began operation on the streets of Windsor, powered by electrical lines carrying electricity from a small steam-driven generation plant constructed in a nearby sawmill. Five years later, the public transportation system was completely electrified, making it the first city in Canada with an entirely electricity-based public transit system.
Later on, larger steam plants were constructed, which in turn gave way to the delivery of hydroelectric power by Ontario Hydro (now Hydro One) in 1914. This made electrical service widely available in Windsor, with Ontario Hydro One providing electricity to the bulk of Windsor’s residents within another decade.
Currently, local electricity distribution in the city of Windsor is provided by EnWin Utilities.