Brampton Electricity Retailers and Natural Gas Providers
Residents and business owners of Brampton have a number of options to choose from when it comes to energy retailers. Some of the choices currently available to Brampton residents include:
These Brampton retailers offer a variety of energy plans with vary terms and price structures, including fixed rate, variable, and fixed monthly plans. To learn more about the details of the plans that are currently on offer to new customers, please make use of our Ontario energy rate comparison form.
Brampton Energy and Natural Gas History
While Brampton serves as a suburb of Toronto, the city and its population of more than half a million people have a long and unique history of their own. Originally founded as a village in 1853, its location made it a convenient crossroads for trade. The construction of a Grant Trunk Railway station a decade later aided in the growth of its economy and population.
Early in its existence, Brampton was thoroughly committed to the use of its gas-based lighting system. This viewpoint was echoed by a local newspaper writer, who claimed that “Electric light has had its day!” However, cracks in this perception began to show only a couple of years later, when a local mill owner installed a hydro-powered generator on the Credit River—the first such generator in Brampton.
In 1886, the first electric lamp was installed on Brampton’s city streets. After this, local desire for electricity began to grow quickly. Ontario Hydro (now Hydro One) was formed in 1906, and five years later the city was added to Ontario Hydro’s electric grid. The following year, the city’s residents voted to allow Ontario Hydro to purchase a local power generation station, increasing the city’s access to electric service. Ultimately, this led to the formation of the Brampton Hydro-Electric Commission, which was responsible for modernizing the city’s electric service between the 1940s and 1960s. The BHEC was eventually renamed as Brampton Hydro, and was then sold to Hydro One in 2001, when it was renamed as Hydro One Brampton Networks. Hydro One Brampton has continued to expand rapidly, with an increase of 50% in its customer base between 2003 and 2015, with a current total of more than 150,000 customers. This rapid growth is due in large part to the growth of Brampton itself, fueled by the need for Toronto workers to find affordable housing within commuting distance.