Coaticook is a town in southeastern Québec on the Coaticook river. Home of the Mount Pinacle and the Parc Découverte Nature, Coaticook has a population of 9,255 people, and it’s becoming a top destination for both agro- and eco-tourists from across the globe.
Beyond it’s growing tourism industry, Coaticook’s economy is also expanding at a fast pace, thanks to ongoing technology investments such as high-speed internet projects, and growing agricultural operations.
Amid such economic growth, households, local companies and industries try to figure out how to stabilize living and operational costs in the city, including utility expenses such as natural gas and electricity costs.
If you’re interested in lowering your energy costs in Coaticook, read on to learn how utilities work in the city — and what you can do to secure yourself affordable natural gas and power bills there.
Coaticook natural gas rates
The natural gas market in Coaticook (and in most parts of Québec) is deregulated. In case you didn’t know, that gives you the option to choose the most suitable natural gas retailer for your home or company, be it a small business, small commercial, large commercial or industrial location.
Natural gas deregulation provides you with higher chances of getting the ideal energy plan for your home or company in Québec, but also may cause some confusion. After all, the more options, the harder it gets to know where to start shopping.
In that case, EnergyRates.ca will be a handy tool. The website enables you to compare the best available natural gas providers and their rates in Coaticook, and anywhere else in Québec, according to your postal code. EnergyRates.ca is a free, unbiased price comparison tool that lists the major retailers according to your postal code (go to the form above and see how it works). Customers looking for commercial natural gas rates can get a free custom quote based on their energy consumption.
Some of the competitive natural gas suppliers in Coaticook and/or Québec include, but are not limited to:
Coaticook has its own electric utility, Hydro-Coaticook, a member of the Association of Redistributors of Electricity of Québec (AREQ — Association des redistributeurs d’électricité du Québec), meaning that the company redistributes electricity purchased from Hydro-Québec to approximately 4,000 clients, including commercial, industrial and institutional customers.
Electricity in Coaticook, like anywhere else in Québec, is regulated by the province. This means most households and businesses in the province will get their electricity whether from Hydro-Québec or one of the local redistributors or coops.
The Coaticook River Water Power Co. (CRWP Co.) was founded in 1890 as an electricity supplier for major industries. In the early 1900s, however, the company started serving more customers, including residents and street lighting.
In the 1960s, when electricity started to be mainly distributed and supplied by Hydro-Québec, the City of Coaticook, at that time the main shareholder of CRWP Co., stuck to the idea of having its own electricity distribution company, which is still today one of the main reasons for the city’s prosperity.
As a member of AREQ, Hydro-Coaticook has some rights and duties regarding the electricity distribution in the region, including but not limited to:
- The maintenance of plants
- The maintenance of urban forests
- The maintenance of street lighting
- The maintenance and extension of the electrical network