How do I know if a Variable or Guaranteed price is best for me?
A Guaranteed Rate ensures you receive a fixed rate. A fixed rate means you will see smaller fluctuations on your monthly energy bill. For those who are comfortable with rate fluctuations from month to month, ATCOenergy's Variable Rate is set monthly based on the actual market price.
How are electricity prices set?
Just like natural gas, many things affect the market price of electricity. Weather, outages, supply, surge in demand and the price of natural gas (a fuel for generators) are some of the causes. All electricity retailers provide a charge for the amount of power consumed, plus transmission and distribution charges, GST and administration costs. The transmission and distribution charges are regulated by the government and are passed on directly by your provider. They cannot be changed and vary depending on where you live in the province. Explore the understanding energy section of our website to learn more.
How are natural gas prices set?
The market determines the price based on supply and demand. Weather, supply, surge in demand, environmental policies and many more things can affect the price of natural gas. All natural gas retailers provide a charge for the amount of gas consumed, plus distribution and transmission charges, GST and administration fees. Transmission and distribution charges are regulated by the government and are passed on directly by your provider. They cannot be changed and vary depending on where you live or are located in the province. Explore the understanding energy section of our website to learn more.
What is a regulated rate?
If you haven't entered an agreement with an energy retailer, you are currently paying the regulated rate or RRO. This means your rate fluctuates from month to month as the market fluctuates. Choosing your energy retailer allows you to choose either a guaranteed or variable rate. Explore the understanding energy section of our website to learn more.
What is the "carbon levy" charge on my natural gas bill?
The carbon levy is part of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan. It’s applied to fuels that emit greenhouse gases when combusted, including the natural gas used to heat your home or business.
The carbon levy is a provincial tax that will be included in the price of all fuels that emit greenhouse gases when combusted including: natural gas, gasoline, diesel, and propane. Under the Government of Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan, the price for each tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent emitted as a result of burning these fuels will be $20 and as of January 1, 2017, rising to $30 in 2018. It will not apply directly to electricity consumption.
In 2017, how much more can I expect to pay on my monthly natural gas bill?
In 2017, the carbon levy will add approximately $1.011 per gigajoule (GJ) of natural gas. The impact will vary from customer to customer. Contributing factors to your monthly natural gas bill include how efficient your natural gas appliances are, how well your home is insulated and how you consume energy overall.
An average Alberta household uses approximately 120 GJ of natural gas per year. Based on an average home, one can expect to see a direct increase of $121 on their 2017 natural gas bill.
Where will I see the carbon levy accounted for on my monthly natural gas statement?
Residential customers will see the carbon levy charges in the Distributor section of their ATCOenergy bill, above the GST.
Will I get a rebate?
Two-thirds of Albertans will receive a carbon levy rebate that helps offset increased costs associated with the levy. Small businesses will also see a 33% reduction their taxes as the rate is cut from 3% to 2%. Please visit www.alberta.ca/climate-leadership-plan for more details on the rebate criteria.
Is there a separate application process for the rebate?
No. You’ll automatically receive a rebate if you meet the income criteria and filed 2015 income tax.
What can I do to reduce the impact of the carbon levy?
Reducing your consumption is the simplest way of reducing how much you pay. Some methods for reducing consumption, like keeping doors and windows closed during the winter or lowering your thermostat, are relatively simple and inexpensive. Others, like investing in high-efficiency natural gas appliances or updating your home’s windows or insulation, can be more costly.
In addition, choosing your energy retailer and finding a plan that works best for you can give you peace of mind, and ensure you find the best rates available to you.
If I sign up with a competitive retailer, will I be insulated from the carbon levy? What if I sign-up before the carbon levy is implemented? What if I choose a guaranteed rate?
No. You will still be required to pay tax on your natural gas consumption although signing up with a competitive retailer like ATCOenergy will help ensure you take advantage of sign-up incentives, and customer rewards to offset some of these additional charges. Plus, you will have peace of mind knowing that you receive great low rates and that you choose a plan that meets your needs.
If I choose either 25% or 100% Green energy from ATCOenergy, will that exclude me from having to pay the carbon levy?
No. The Green energy option offered by ATCOenergy applies to electricity only. The carbon levy will still apply to your natural gas consumption.
I’d like more information about the carbon levy. Who do I contact?
To learn more please visit climate.alberta.ca or call the Government of Alberta’s help line at 310-0000.
Are Indigenous Albertans exempt from the carbon levy on natural gas?
Natural gas purchased by First Nation individuals for personal use on reserve or by First Nations for use on reserve are not subject to the carbon levy.
Customers who already receive a GST exemption for natural gas on reserve should automatically receive an exemption for the levy. Otherwise, the customer should contact their natural gas service provider and provide a federal identification card or a copy of the band’s original certificate as proof of tax exemption eligibility.
For more information regarding the carbon levy or exemption eligibility, email: email@example.com OR phone: 780-644-4300 (Monday to Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) Toll free within Alberta: dial 310-0000, then 780-644-4300.
What is the "Free Energy" promotion? How does it work?
Residential customers who have made the switch to ATCOenergy for their electricity and natural gas by December 31, 2016 will receive an energy credit for their January 2017 electricity and natural gas consumption. See Terms & Conditions.
The energy credit will be applied as a "Gift from ATCOenergy" towards their January 2017 consumption, on their monthly statement, under the Energy Charges section. The energy credit covers only a customer's electricity and/or natural gas consumption, for the services switched to ATCOenergy, in January.
Essentially all residential customers who have signed up with ATCOenergy by December 31, 2016 will receive the following energy prices for their consumption during month of January:
The energy credit does not apply towards: Fees, costs and expenses, or other charges beyond the commodity (e.g. Delivery Charges, Local Access or Municipal Franchise Fees, Administration Fees, Taxes, Levies)
When will I see this credit applied to my account?
The energy credit will be applied as a credit for January electricity and/or natural gas consumption, for the services switched, as applicable. You will see this energy credit marked "Gift from ATCOenergy" within the "Energy Charges" sections of your monthly bill.
Why is my ATCOenergy statement only showing an energy credit for half of January's consumption?
Your individual billing cycle may impact how you see the energy credit applied to your account. You may see your energy credit split over two statements.
Please refer to the "Energy Charges" section(s) of your statement for detailed consumption information, including the consumption dates for which you are being charged.
For more information please call us at 1.844.687.2826. We'd be happy to help.
Is this offer applicable to my business account?
No. This offer is only applicable to residential accounts.
As a valued business customer you are still eligible for a one-time sign up incentive of up to $100, up to $50 in anniversary credits (for every year we do business together). By combining your electricity and natural gas in a Positive Energy Bundle, you'll save 50% on your monthly administration fees.
Visit ATCOenergy.com/business for more details and to sign-up.
I signed up for Free Energy in January. Why did I still receive charges on my ATCOenergy statement?
The "Free Energy" credit from ATCOenergy covers your residential electricity and/or natural gas consumption for the month of January 2017. As noted it does not apply towards: Fees, costs and expenses, or other charges beyond the commodity (e.g. Delivery Charges, Local Access or Municipal Franchise Fees, Administration Fees, Taxes, Levies)
I signed up with ATCOenergy by December 31, but my services don’t start until 2017. Will I still receive this energy credit?
Yes, customers who sign-up by December 31, but whose services start in January, are still eligible for this offer. However, this special offer only covers energy consumption for the month of January 2017. If services start after January 31, 2017, customers will not receive an energy credit.
For example, if a customer signs up with ATCOenergy by December 31, 2016 and services begin on (or before) January 1, 2017 the electricity rate from January 1 – January 31, 2017 will be $0.00/kWh, and the natural gas will be $0.00/GJ. However, if a customer signs up by December 31, 2016 and services don’t start until January 15, 2017, these same rates will only be applicable to energy consumption from January 15 to January 31, 2017. In this scenario, the energy charges from their previous energy retailer (from January 1 to January 14, 2017) will not be covered by ATCOenergy.
The commercial said ATCOenergy customers would receive a gift from ATCO. Why are there still charges from ATCO Gas/ ATCO Electric on my statement?
The Gift from ATCOenergy is an energy credit that covers your electricity and/or natural gas consumption for the month of January 2017.
ATCO Gas and ATCO Electric are both Distribution companies who flow through their distribution charges to ATCOenergy, your energy retailer. As noted, this special offer does not apply towards: Fees, costs and expenses, or other charges beyond the commodity (e.g. Delivery Charges, Local Access or Municipal Franchise Fees, Administration Fees, Taxes, Levies)
Do I need to sign-up for electricity and natural gas, or for an Energy Value Bundle to be eligible for this special offer?
No. You are eligible for this offer no matter which plan you choose.
All ATCOenergy customers (existing and new) who have made the switch to ATCOenergy by December 31, 2016 will receive this credit automatically, for the services switched to ATCOenergy. See Terms & Conditions.