What is electricity and natural gas deregulation?

Historically, your natural gas and electricity were supplied and delivered to you exclusively by the local utility company for your area, also known as the Local Distribution Company (LDC). The energy industry across the country started moving towards deregulation in the mid-1980's, giving you the power to choose an energy service provider.

Until this time, you had no ability to choose a supplier or a pricing plan that fit your needs. Deregulation un-bundled the supply and delivery portions, allowing competition. Today you can buy natural gas and electricity at a competitive price from the supplier of your choice. Your utility company will continue to deliver your energy; maintain pipes, lines, and wires; read your meter; and respond to any emergencies.

The power of choice, made possible by energy deregulation, fosters competition and gives you more control than ever.

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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).