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Burst Energy Sponsorship of Muddy Warrior

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We are proud to announce the successful Sponsorship of the Muddy Warrior Obstacle race!
This race happened in Cardston, Alberta. It was a great success and tons of fun. With Burst
Energy’s sponsorship, Muddy Warrior was able to create a top of the line obstacle race!
Come out and race next year!

Check out Muddy Warrior at: www.muddywarrior.com

Solaré Distributors – Generating Excitement for Green Energy!

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Solaré Distributors was formed when, in 2013, Rik Kaminsky and his brother Jay saw opportunity in Alberta’s green energy movement. “Jay had evaluated the cost of going off the grid at over $80K by the time you added batteries, generators, etc. We felt we could provide a much more affordable solution and started working backwards from there.”

The brothers were invested in downhole electronics at the time, and sold their interests in order to jump into the green energy industry and become experts in the area of solar PV, high efficiency LED lighting technologies and energy auditing.

Today, the Kaminsky brothers are reaping the rewards of their move toward green energy, working with residential, municipal, commercial and First Nations clients. The Alberta based company specializes in custom solutions for each customer, and further differentiates itself from its competitors by offering unique products such as Soofa solar powered benches!

Working together on the sales portion of the business, each brother holds general oversight over separate pieces of the remaining puzzle. “Technically, I am the General Manager and Purchaser”, explains Rik, “Jay is the tech between us; he does most of the auditing, design and engineering”.

“We’ve done several large commercial projects on water treatment facilities, and are currently working on a 2mW solar farm!” says Rik, adding that the company looks forward to gaining further momentum in large scale commercial projects in the coming years.
Operating out of Spruce Grove, Alberta, Solaré Distributors ‘walks the walk’ where community involvement is concerned. The Kaminsky’s time away from Solaré is spent teaching courses to First Nations students in energy efficiency and solar PV. As board members of the Spruce Grove Chamber of Commerce, of which Rik is soon to sit as Chairman, as well as the Spruce Grove Business Association, they lend their knowledge and insight to their fast-growing community and provide added value to community projects, such as the revitalization of the town’s downtown presence.

Solaré Distributors is a Certified Aboriginal Business, and 100% Metis owned. “We have met so many great people within the First Nations communities that really care about how this planet is being treated,” he explains, “We would like to continue to offer coursework to these communities in the hopes of generating additional interest and investment in the green energy industry”.
In three short years, Solaré has established itself as an industry expert. “The best part is seeing how we’ve grown in such a short time!” says Rik. Burst Energy is proud to have established a partnership with this community-centric organization, and with the many solar micro generators who benefit from offsets offered by our Feed In Tariff (FIT) program.

To learn more about Solaré Distributors, visit thesolarevolution.com or solaredistributors.com
To learn more about the Feed In Tariff (FIT) program offered by Burst Energy, in partnership with Solaré Distributors, and how micro generators benefit, visit: Feed In Tarrif

Carbon tax — dressed like Robin Hood

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See below an article written by Nick Clark at Utilitynet, giving some insight on the possible Carbon Tax:

Albertans enjoy the lowest electricity rates in Canada today because of a plan designed in 2000 to encourage free enterprise.

The strategy–based on a competitive electricity market—was created to inspire investment for new generation power. The strategy worked.

As a province, we are fortunate to have over 16,000 MW of installed capacity, more than 9,000 MW in recent years. Alberta currently has approximately a 40% surplus in supply outstripping consumer demand. The good news is there is zero debt on the public books and the investment in new power was funded by the private sector.

Consumers can buy electricity today for only 3.5 cents per kWh.
What are you paying?

Will low prices last into the next decade? Or will new NDP policies end low consumer prices and cause an increase in the volatility of electricity rates?

The other bit of good news which seems to have escaped journalism media is that, last year, the amount of installed capacity for natural gas in Alberta surpassed that of coal generation. The market already is moving in the right direction – albeit not as fast as the environmentalists might like to see. Without government interference, the mix in generation has moved towards the reduction of our dependency on coal and shifted to natural gas and wind.

Alberta also now ranks third in Canada with an installed wind energy capacity of over 1,400 MW.

Ask yourself: Why risk destroying a market that already is moving in a healthy direction? Market Installed Generation Capacity:
39% Coal, 44% Gas, 9 % Wind, 8% Other.

The industry went through the building process with periods of high price volatility which, in turn, was driven by unprecedented economic growth in Alberta. Consumers remember the pain of utility bills over 10 cents per kW.
Previous government policies spurred economic development and jobs in the province. Today, we are faced with an energy sector that is in freefall and increasing unemployment rates, as companies continue to lay off workers and outsource jobs offshore.

Questions to the NDP: In the past, the carbon tax collected was used to fund climate change and emissions initiatives managed by CCEMC. Investments focused on clean energy production plus research and development projects dedicated to environmental initiatives.

• The last financial report issued by CCEMC was published in May 2014. We understand the May 31st, 2015 Financial Statement still sits on the desk of someone in the NDP and it has not yet been approved for release. Why not? The longer these financials sit, the more we should fear the lack of transparency.

• What happens if the NDP is not openly transparent with regards to millions of dollars collected and spent? Should this be of concern? We would argue, the answer is, “Yes.”

More important, there will be 100s of millions of carbon tax dollars collected and paid out in the future. We all know the economics tell us that, business that are taxed, simply pass increased costs to the consumer in terms of higher prices. And if generation plants are closed prematurely, get ready: periods of high volatility in consumer electricity prices will return and days like today of 3.5 cent electricity will disappear.

• Will the new tax collected be funnelled into general revenue rather than to the CCEMC? Carbon tax previously allocated to the CCEMC provided the necessary stewardship of investment in environmentally responsible initiatives. We propose the answer is, “No.”

Prediction:
Here’s how I see this government rolling out…if Albertans don’t speak up:
• The new carbon tax on industry passes to consumers in terms of a price increase;
• The government applies the tax to general revenue rather than to fund CCEMC mandated initiatives;
• The money will be used to artificially fund high profile and politically motivated green-projects;
• This action indirectly increases government debt through the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates from new green generators;
• Minister Joe Ceci adds to his general revenue pot of cash, as a social payment program. Funds will be given back to low income people facing an increased cost of living that the carbon tax caused in the first place.

All this makes for a compelling Robin Hood story.

Let’ dig a little deeper into the problem: In addition to generators dealing with record low energy prices, the retailers including ATCO, Direct, ENMAX and Just Energy all have moved jobs out of Alberta. Surely, Alberta Energy knows that an old, established utility such as ATCO recently sold a crown jewel called Atco iTek to Wipro of India and that customer of ATCO’s new retail division (which they are marketing as a Fresh Start) is being serviced out of the province.
ENMAX, likewise, laid off Calgary IT staff and outsourced systems control to the Tata Group in India.
Direct Energy is another utility profiting from the government’s Regulated Rate; their billing services and customer care are managed by HCL in India.
The problem of outsourcing utility jobs is real and in our opinion fundamentally wrong, especially when Alberta is facing tough economic times. Please don’t ignore these actions when it comes to job losses for Albertans.
Recommendation: Prudent regulations are required. We encourage this Government to understand the negative economic impact of unintended consequences by increasing taxes and using those new tax dollars in ways that are not in the best interest of Albertans.
The NDP also needs to be honest with consumers about the outsourcing of core utility jobs.

Stand up and say, “NO” to ATCO, ENMAX and Direct Energy.

MicroGeneration

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MicroGeneration

Burst Energy is pleased to announce that, effective immediately, floating rates are available to all of our valued customers! This was not previously offered to those who are part of the Micro Generator Program.

If you are feeling anxious about the circumstances surrounding Alberta’s commodity pricing, let us add a ray of positivity to your day. Due to the combined downward trend in energy pricing and surplus of energy on the grid, January floating rates were 3.3 cents per kWh. To access the floating rate option, simply log in to “My Account” to request!

At Burst Energy, we are always working to bring you the best rates available.

The Power of YESS

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I recently took a tour of YESS’ facilities. Being a complete outsider with only a very broad idea of what Youth Empowerment & Support Services stands for, I went in expecting to be surprised, but that ended up being an extreme understatement. I jumped on board the tour because I was hoping to make a difference through my company, Burst Energy, who provides inexpensive electricity prices to both residential and commercial.

Tommy, YESS’ Sponsorship Specialist, walked me around one of their three robust buildings and explained how YESS is one of the only “full service” homeless shelters. You can’t really appreciate what they mean when they say full service until you see it firsthand. Does that mean that they provide beds, food, and blankets? Doesn’t everyone do that?

Well, it turns out that what I thought was a lot, only scratched the surface of what they actually do. Beds, food, and blankets are important, but YESS ensures that every aspect of the kids’ lives are addressed, including their physical, mental, and emotional well being. The youth who go to YESS are searching for help to rebuild their lives. YESS provides them with the help, much needed resources, support, and individual guidance through all of the different programs they offer. I knew that I had to support this work.

Burst Energy at 'The Power of YESS' Launch

Burst Energy with YESS’ Executive Director, Deb, and Sponsorship Specialist, Tommy.

Since our conception, Burst Energy has made it our mandate to supply energy to Albertans at an inexpensive rate because nobody should struggle to pay for electricity. This matched perfectly with the incredible work at YESS.

To better support YESS, we are proud to announce The Power of YESS program. If you sign up and use the referral code “YESS”, we will give you some of the cheapest electricity rates possible and donate each month to Youth Empowerment & Support Services. The best part is that the donation comes off our bottom line!

Residential — $2 CAD every month.

Commercial — $2 CAD per 2,000 kWh every month.

If only 500 people sign up this year we will still be providing YESS with $12,000 annually. It’s our way of making a difference by doing what we do best: providing electricity.

Let’s help make life brighter for these youth!

To participate in the Power of YESS Program, use the referral code YESS when you sign up for electricity with Burst Energy.

Rebate Promo!

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For this month (October 2015) only enter REBATE under ‘Referal Code’ when you sign up with Burst Energy and receive a $50 cheque! Click or Call at www.burstenergy.ca to get paid to save!

Floating Rate Update

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This was current when it was written, but the Floating Rate continues to move up and down with the Alberta market. To get the most up to date numbers, check out our Floating Rate page!


tl,dr: The Floating Rate is now the cheapest rate on the market today. Sign up now.


I wanted to take a moment to talk about the floating rate and why it might be a good option for you.

By way of background, the floating rate is determined by the real-time electricity spot market. In other words, it goes up and down with the available supply and demand for electricity. This means that it can spike to dizzying heights, but can also fall to absurd lows.

Over the last six months, the floating rate has remained extremely low. In fact, for the last quarter (October to December 2014), it’s the lowest the wholesale price has been since 2000; i.e. in the last 15 years!

Here’s some numbers to give you an idea of what I’m talking about. The prices are in ¢ / kWh, for Edmonton. The Regulated Rate Option (RRO) is what most people have been paying the last 6 months:

 BURST ENERGYREGULATED RATE OPTIONSAVINGS
Jan 20155.0017.30232%
Dec 20144.0497.54546%
Nov 20145.3787.12725%
Oct 20144.0118.73754%
Sept 20143.7107.95453%
Aug 20146.2398.02122%
6 month average4.7317.78139%

While it is possible that the rates could rise, I don’t expect they will. Natural gas prices remain low, and Enmax is expected to open their 800MW Shepard Energy Center early this year, further increasing electricity supply and thus further driving down the wholesale price. If, however, they do start rising, you can always welcome (encouraged, even), to lock in one of our fixed rates.

Start “Floating” Today

Prices posted for period prior to December 2014 are for comparative purposes only, based on combined average retailer prices and do not reflect actual Burst Energy’s prices.

The Residential Dynamic ( Floating ) Price Historical Chart is for demonstration purposes only and is not part of the billing process. Actual rates may fluctuate and are subject to change at any time without notice.

New Year, New Lower Prices

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I hope you had great holidays. Here at the Burst Energy Headquarters we took a little time off to spend with families.

In exciting news, over the break we were able to negotiate a better wholesale deal from our suppliers, and we’ve passed the savings on to you! Our rates now start at 6.99 ¢ / kWh.

What’s keeping you from making the switch today?

We’re Live!

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It is with great excitement that I can announce that Burst Energy is now live! We have been working diligently since we sent out the survey. The logo was picked out with your help.

During December, as a Launch Special, we are offering an additional 14 ¢ / kWh off our fixed rates. That puts our rates starting at 7.25 ¢ / kWh.

You can sign up now (and I hope you will!)