There are far more electricity providers in Alberta that offer competitive retail services than there are regulated utilities that do the same.
The number changes yearly as new electricity retailers form and existing ones split or merge. At the moment, there are roughly 40 energy providers operating within the province. Below is an abbreviated list of electricity suppliers in Alberta.
AltaGas is a natural gas and electricity company in Calgary that has been providing retail services in Alberta for more than 20 years, and longer in its previous incarnation as Alberta and Southern Gas Company. Strictly a supplier of natural gas at its founding, it has expanded into supplying electricity and developing green energy solutions. It produces and supplies electricity to a number of electricity retailers, as well as large businesses and industrial manufacturing plants.
ATCO Power, based in Calgary, is the division of ATCO which supplies electricity to major commercial and industrial organizations, such as factories, hotels, retail chains, educational and municipal facilities, energy and oil companies, and so on. ATCO Power owns a stake in 13 power plants in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Saskatchewan. The combined generation capacity of these stations is approximately 3,600 megawatts, of which ATCO Power owns about 2,300 megawatts (64%).
ATCOenergy is the retail arm of the ATCO group of companies. ATCO had exited the retail energy market roughly a decade ago while Canada was completing the process of deregulating the country’s electricity market. But in February 2016, ATCOenergy was launched as a new retail company offering electricity and natural gas plans to residential and small business customers. ATCO’s reentry into the retail market gives Albertans another great option to choose from for their energy needs.
Direct Energy Business Services is one of the newer natural gas and electricity companies operating in Alberta, having been founded in Toronto in 1986 (but now headquartered in Houston, Texas). However, it has expanded its operations and services extremely rapidly since its acquisition by the European company Centrica PLC, itself a supplier of electricity and natural gas. It supplies electricity and natural gas services to a very broad customer base, including governmental and public institutions, and businesses of all sizes. As of September 2014, it has the third-largest industrial and commercial customer base in North America.
ENMAX Energy is a natural gas and electricity company owned by the City of Calgary, and has been serving the area since 1905. It has a broad commercial customer base, with basic plans ideal for the needs of small businesses, while offering specially tailored electricity offerings for medium and very large businesses, including customers that consume in excess of 350,000 megawatt-hours per year. ENMAX has produced its own energy for nearly 110 years, and sources additional electricity from the open market and other energy producers. Since 2000, the company has returned more than $1 billion in capital and improvements in the Calgary area electricity and natural gas infrastructure.
Encor by EPCOR is the competitive retailer for EPCOR and they offer a variety of energy plans, including green energy. Encor can complement your electricity plan by offering natural gas plans and the convenience of a bundle utility bill. They also have energy plans for small businesses and commercial energy companies as well.
Hudson Energy, originally founded in New York but now owned by Canada-based Just Energy, specializes in supplying electricity and natural gas to mid- and large-sized businesses. In addition to offering traditional power services, Hudson Energy has a number of green energy options available, including the installation of solar panels on customers’ properties, providing a source of on-site electricity generation.
Just Energy, is based in Ontario and Houston, but provides natural gas and electricity services to companies throughout Alberta and the rest of Canada. Just Energy’s subsidiary electricity company Hudson Energy serves the energy needs of large commercial operations, while Just Energy itself offers electricity plans designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Just Energy operates throughout Canada and the United States under its own name as well as through a number of subsidiary companies. Just Energy recently expanded into the United Kingdom under the name Hudson Energy UK.
TransAlta, operating out of Calgary, has supplied natural gas and electricity to the region for more than a century. In recent years, TransAlta has focused its retail operations on large companies and organizations that consume 250 MWh of electricity or 2,500 GJ of natural gas per year. Current customers include businesses in a wide variety of markets, including public utilities, energy production, retail, and industrial and manufacturing operations. TransAlta now owns more than 70 power plants across North America and Australia. One of the earliest producers of green energy in Canada, starting with the construction of a hydroelectric dam at Horseshoe Falls in 1911, TransAlta has expanded its operations to include other sources of alternative energy, including wind and geothermal power.
Link Energy Supply Inc. is a Canadian-based retailer of electricity and natural gas that serves residential, commercial customers, and farms in Alberta. There is a possibility of bundling natural gas and electricity into a single plan.
Spot Power is an energy provider in Calgary, Alberta that was founded in 2008. They are a part of UTILITYnet, which is a network of energy consumers that provide energy management services. Spot Power has become one of the main competitive retailers in Alberta and provides consumers with both natural gas and electricity rates and provides their services in most regions in the province including Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Red Deer, and Fort McMurray.
ACE Energy (Alberta Co-operative Energy) is an energy provider located in Thorhild, Alberta. They operate as a member-owned energy retailer that supports renewable energy production in Alberta. Through their partnership with SPARK (A member-owned retail electrical power co-operative focused on green energy and renewable energy reinvestment) ACE customers have contributed over $70,000 to local generators who provide renewable energy to Alberta’s energy grid across the province. They are a competitive energy retailer that provides both electricity and natural gas. Gas Alberta Energy is also a part of ACE Co-op which sells affordable gas to customers outside the gas co-op boundaries. They serve most regions of Alberta, including Edmonton and Calgary.
Sponsor Energy Inc. is an energy company located in Calgary, Alberta that offers electricity and natural gas services as well as various internet plans. Sponsor Energy differs from other retailers as well since they share 50% of their profits from each customer’s electricity and natural gas usage to support charities, without additional cost to the customer. Each customer gets to decide which community partner/charity they want their electricity and natural gas usage.
Burst Energy is an Alberta-based energy retailer that sells electricity and natural gas services to customers that are within the range of ATCO, ENMAX, EPCOR, and Fortis Alberta service territories in Alberta. Their retail license is supported by Sponsor Energy and they can provide flexible energy plans to farm, residential, and commercial buildings.
Echo Energy is an energy marketer that was established in the City of Lacombe, Alberta, and provides Lacombe with utilities and internet services, as an alternate option to larger utility companies. They provide natural gas, electricity, and internet services to the local community and deposits the net proceeds from energy sales into the Echo Lacombe Community Fund which provides funding for projects that aim towards increasing the quality of life in Lacombe. Echo Energy partners with UTILITYnet.
Peace Power was founded in Grande Prairie in 2012 and provides utility services including natural gas, electricity, and internet in northern Alberta, Edmonton, and Calgary. Residential, commercial, and industrial energy customers in these regions. They’re also partnered with multiple associations such as the Grande Prairie District Chamber of Commerce, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, and the Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta.
Vector Energy is an Alberta energy marketer affiliated with UTILITYnet that provides electricity and natural gas to both residential and commercial customers. Edmonton, Calgary, Canmore, and Lethbridge are where they are available for customers. As a competitive retail supplier, Vector Energy provides several different plans and rates for electricity, natural gas, and internet to fulfill the needs of residential consumers, including small business owners.
Camrose Energy is a local energy provider in Camrose, Alberta as well as a tradename of Utility Network & Partners Inc. is a licensed marketer of energy that markets electricity and natural gas to homes, farms, and businesses in Alberta. They work with their customers to help give back to their communities through specific program
Adagio Energy is a licensed energy marketer that started its operations in 2012 and is a tradename of the Utility Network & Partners, they’re headquartered in Calgary, Alberta and provide both natural gas and electricity services in the province. They provide energy and internet solutions, with their options and plans being based on consumer categories – residential, business, and farm.
Ambit Energy is the Canadian branch of Ambit Energy that is an energy company based in Dallas, Texas. They provide electricity and natural gas services in deregulated markets in 16 American states and Canada, that primarily use a direct sales channel of more than 500,000 independent energy consultants. Since November 2017 they started providing services to residential and small commercial electricity customers across Alberta.
Solarmax Power is an energy marketer in Alberta that began operations in 2011, and as an energy marketer, they provide natural gas and electricity plans to residential and small commercial customers located in Alberta. They also offer high-speed internet plans.
Get Energy is a local energy provider that is partnered with UTILITYnet which was founded in 2014 in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, which includes Fort McMurray, Fort Chippewan, Anzac, and other hamlets. Get Energy provides electricity and natural gas services to the entirety of Alberta including Edmonton, Calgary, Leduc, and many other cities.
Brighter Futures Energy is an Alberta energy company that provides electricity to both residential and commercial customers. They were founded in 2011 and its corporate office is based in Calgary, Alberta. Brighter Futures Energy operates under the electricity and natural gas marketing business licenses issued to Utility Network & Partners Inc. by Service Alberta.
EMCO Energy is an Alberta-based non-profit electricity, green energy, natural gas, and internet retailer based in Calgary built on a social enterprise model. EMCO is owned by GO (Generating Opportunities Technology Foundation) and as a non-profit, they invest all the revenue generated from its initiatives into new opportunities and technologies that will create positive social, environmental, and economic change.
Regional Energy is a competitive retailer of electricity and natural gas based in Calgary, Alberta that offers both fixed and floating-rate plans, and their service ranges included but aren’t limited to Lethbridge, Red Deer, Edmonton, St. Albert, and Grande Prairie.
Access Energy is a family-owned competitive retailer of electricity and natural gas services based out of the Wood Buffalo municipality area, Alberta. Their service is based out of Calgary, Edmonton, and Fort McMurray rather than being outsourced for customer service, with the belief of keeping close to their customers.
Sandstone Energy is a marketer of natural gas and electricity to homes, farms, and businesses in Alberta and is based in Calgary. Exceptions to their service areas include Medicine Hat and some Rural Electrification Association areas. They operate under the electricity and natural gas marketing business licenses of UTILITYnet. They direct 100% of their net income towards the core library initiatives of the Calgary Public Library Foundation.
Ridge Utilities is a marketer of electricity, natural gas, green-generated power and internet services to both residential and commercial consumers in southern Alberta. It was formed as a municipality-controlled corporation by the Village of Stirling as an innovative community sustainability initiative. They are also a part of UTILITYnet. 100% of their profits are used to grow and support the community and the distribution of funding is dependent on where the customers live.
Mountain View Power is a marketer of natural gas and electricity based in Olds, Alberta. It’s owned and operated by the Olds Institute. They provide service to both residential and commercial energy customers and were founded in 2010. It’s a tradename of UTILITYnet as well.
Fluent Utilities is an electricity and natural gas marketer based in Edmonton, Alberta. They provide services to homes, farms, and businesses located in Alberta. Fluent Utilities is also a trademark name of UTILITYnet and they give back to the community through their Fluent Energy Aid Program, which is an electricity bill payment assistance program.
Bow Valley Power is an energy marketer founded in 2010 in Alberta that currently supplies electricity and natural gas to more than 180 communities across the province. Customers include both residential and commercial energy consumers.
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