As an "all-in-one" power company that invests, generates, distributes and sells energy to Albertans, ENMAX has a unique perspective. We take a balanced view, looking at what works for Alberta today and for tomorrow.
Electricity is essential to Albertans' lives and economy. The different elements of our system must work together to provide electricity in a safe, reliable, affordable and increasingly clean manner. Any policy impacting one part of this complex system must recognize and consider the extensive relationships between each piece of the puzzle, and the picture as a whole. Restructuring this system therefore demands proper understanding, planning and consultation. We've all seen examples in other jurisdictions that have taken a piecemeal approach, and consumers have paid a significant price in the long term.
We appreciate the need to protect consumers in anticipation of the future volatility that is inevitable with Alberta's shift to renewables and the costs of taking out coal-fired generation. However, the Government's announcement today on a price cap was short on details and ignores the fact that retailers have been providing this protection from price volatility for a decade. To put this in context, ENMAX Energy and other electricity retailers have competitive fixed rate contracts that are already protecting customers against the potential volatility of the RRO electricity rate.
Moving forward, ENMAX intends to be fully engaged in the Government consultation, keeping the interests of our customers front and centre.
ENMAX Corporation, through its subsidiaries, makes, moves and sells electricity to residential, small business and large commercial customers and is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, with offices in Edmonton. ENMAX Power Corporation owns and operates transmission and distribution infrastructure in Calgary and ENMAX Energy Corporation owns diverse electricity generation facilities throughout the province. Since 2007, ENMAX has been named one of Alberta's Top Employers. ENMAX Energy is currently the retailer of choice for both The City of Calgary and The City of Edmonton.
All customers are free to purchase natural gas services from the default supply provider or from a retailer of their choice and to purchase electricity services from the regulated rate provider or from a retailer of their choice. The delivery of natural gas and electricity to you is not affected by your choice. If you change who you purchase natural gas services or electricity services from, you will continue receiving natural gas and electricity from the distribution company in your service area. For a current list of retailers you may choose from, visit www.ucahelps.gov.ab.ca or call 310-4822 (toll free in Alberta).
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