Regina Electricity Retailers and Natural Gas Providers
Homeowners and businesses in Regina receive their electricity solely from the provincially owned and operated SaskPower. Likewise, SaskEnergy is the regulated natural gas distribution company that serves the residents of Regina. However, consumers who use less than 660,000 cubic meters of natural gas per year are allowed to purchase their gas from an independent natural gas retailer, instead of SaskEnergy. The authorized gas retailers serving Regina include:
Regina residents are encouraged to explore the retail options available in their area, as retailers often have lower natural gas rates than those charged by SaskEnergy. Explore the links above to learn more about Regina’s retail natural gas providers, and the plans they offer, which may include fixed rate, variable rate, and fixed monthly plans. To see the rates currently available, use our energy rate comparison form above.
Regina Electricity and Natural Gas History
First settled by the pioneer Edward Carss in September 1881, the settlement that would become Regina quickly grew, as the location—near a massive pile of bison skeletons that earned the site the name Pile-of-Bones—was found to be an ideal route for the then-under-construction Canadian Pacific Railway. In turn, the proximity of the railway led to Regina being named as the territorial capital in 1882, before even the first train passed through.
Regina’s first power house was a small privately-owned coal-powered plant built in 1890 on the corner of Dewdney Avenue and Broad Street.
However, the operators struggled to generate a profit, due to a lack of affordable bituminous coal. In 1903, the city government purchased the plant, and subsequently built the larger Broad Street Power Plant in 1905. This was in turn replaced by the City of Regina Power House on Wascana Lake, which served as the city’s main source of power for many years. When the city utility was sold to the Saskatchewan Power Corporation (now SaskPower) in 1965, the plant was shut down. However, it still sands, and now serves as SaskPower’s research facility.
Like much of Saskatchewan, Regina was slow to adopt natural gas for heating and cooking purposes, not receiving natural gas service until 1957.
Today, SaskPower supplies the entirety of the city of Regina with its electrical power, and SaskEnergy is the city’s regulated natural gas provider.