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Alberta Goes Nuclear

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As efforts to ‘green’ our energy production, the province looks at new ways to incorporate nuclear fission in oil extraction and electricity production.

If the mention of nuclear energy has you conjuring up images of Homer Simpson and the three-eyed fish, you may be surprised to find out how reliable, efficient and clean nuclear energy really can be. Although it is a relatively new idea in Western Canada, Eastern Canada has benefitted from nuclear power production for years. In fact, the most recent data (July 2021) indicates that approximately 15% of our total energy production in Canada is nuclear generated. This is thanks to 19 nuclear reactors, primarily in Ontario, using this emission-free alternative to carbon-generated electricity.

In 2018, the New Brunswick provincial government committed to a $10M investment in Small Modular Reactor (SMR) research. The following December (2019), Ontario, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan committed to collaborate on the development and use of SMRs before Alberta formally joined the memorandum of understanding in summer of 2020.

Nuclear Fission

SMRs (and nuclear reactors in general) utilize a process of nuclear fission to harness the energy released when atoms split. To accomplish this, uranium is acquired and prepared. Uranium is first enriched in a multi-step process, then pressed from powder into small pellets which are loaded into hundreds of sealed metal rods and bound together into groups of ‘assemblies’. These assemblies each contain approximately 200 rods which are immersed in water, which cools the uranium and moderates the rate of neutrons produced when the reactor is active. The extreme heat which is produced through the process of nuclear fission is used to power a turbine which produces carbon-free electricity.

To put the term ‘high-temperature’ into perspective, a decommissioned reactor must be immersed in water for up to five years until it is cool enough to be removed and stored.

Using Small Modular Reactors brings with it many advantages, proponents of the technology maintain. First, these small reactors do not require the financial input or infrastructure needed for traditional nuclear reactors. These units are small enough to be manufactured at a centralized facility and shipped out to site.

Because of their size and portability, SMRs could effectively generate electricity even in remote locations. While a traditional nuclear reactor requires access to the electrical grid for discharging the huge amounts of energy produced, SMRs control their output based on demand. Without construction lead-time, SMRs can be operational almost immediately and can be added to, as needed. This means that return on investment begins as soon as the SMR is operational. The flexibility offered by SMRs is not exclusive to remote residential communities, since the high-temperature steam can also be used to power oil extraction services.

Since nuclear energy is emission-free, Alberta Premier, Jason Kenney, says he hopes it will help cut overall emissions “… without making Alberta’s energy sector uncompetitive”. The ability to support large facilities, such as water treatment plants in remote locations, has huge implications for the province — but there are many facets to the discussion which must be carefully considered.

Nuclear Concerns

Nuclear fuel is among the most robust forms of energy available, producing millions of times what can be achieved with a comparable amount of traditional fuel (such as gasoline). In this way, the difference in fuel-to-nuclear energy output could be likened to the difference in flow between a dripping faucet… and a tsunami. The resulting products of nuclear fission are, however, highly radioactive and they retain their radioactive properties for long periods of time. Cooling pools effectively block this radiation while cooling the assembly and SMRs would decrease the amount of time needed for cooling the assemblies. Nonetheless, this is the reason for concerns over nuclear waste (and, presumably, the reason that fish got its third eye). Nuclear waste (or tails) consists of depleted uranium and is typically stored in 14-ton cylinders. The cylinders are well insulated to retain the radiation and are even safe to touch.

According to nei.org, all of the nuclear waste produced in the United States to date could fill a football stadium 10 yards deep – but coal plants generate this much waste every hour.

Historical Controversy

Despite the numerous benefits of nuclear generated energy, Alberta has had an on-again, off-again relationship with nuclear in the past. Bruce Power, operator of the biggest nuclear plant in Canada on Lake Huron, walked away from plans to develop a $10B nuclear facility near Peace River in 2011. The company had been working for four years to bring the project to fruition but were ultimately not successful in alleviating concerns over potential impact to water sources and wildlife expressed by the community.

In 2008, a chapter of the Keep Alberta Nuclear Free Coalition was recognized in the Peace River Region and added vocal opposition to the debate and protests already active in the community. After two failed site proposals, the company rescinded its application with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. Instead of continuing its efforts to establish nuclear power in Alberta, Bruce Power returned its focus to their Ontario operations — investing $4.8 billion to refurbish two of its units by 2012.

Looking Forward

While nuclear waste is an important consideration in where and how we implement nuclear energy, the overall impact of nuclear waste has been a topic of significant misinformation. As Alberta steps further into nuclear technology research advancement, we can expect a more thorough understanding of how nuclear energy could support the province’s energy needs, as well as potential developments in nuclear medicine and how best to manage waste.

Burst Energy is proud to support Albertans, and we look forward to updating our Burst Energy Family about new developments in nuclear research as this effort begins to gain momentum and public support.

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Prices Soar as Alberta Recovers from Cold Snap

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2020 was a year to remember (though some would gladly forget!). Still, as we stepped into 2021, nature had a surprise up its sleeve for Albertans. Frigid temperatures dipped to -40°C and held there, causing energy demand to rise steeply and prices to increase as a result.

We’re no snowflakes where living in cold conditions is concerned, but this year’s circumstances contributed to a higher demand than in previous years. With more people unemployed or staying at home due to Covid restrictions, residences required more power than in previous years and the early winter sunset meant demand was up throughout the day, peaking between 5 pm and 7 pm This increase was felt, not just in Alberta, but in North America generally. Floating rates for electricity saw increases from 5 ¢/kWh to 13 ¢/kWh in only a few days the AESO (Alberta Electric System Operator) reported demand of 11,729 MW — a 31 MW increase from January 2020 (or the equivalent of 20,000 additional homes).

With Alberta’s power grid supported by 26,000 kilometers of lines and 235 units for generation, the province was able to meet the demand but neared a level 3 outage. Levels are indicative of how much energy is being used and what reserve remains. Level 1 indicates that all energy resources are in use, with some reserve remaining while a level 2 requires additional electricity to be brought in from producers outside the area. A declaration of level 3 would have resulted in necessary rolling blackouts to support our province’s most urgent needs. Yes, even the mailman who delivers in rain, sleet or snow was forced to issue a code yellow, indicating a possible disruption in service due to these extreme temperatures.

ENMAX has reported that for every ten degree drop in weather, the average home uses 40% more energy to maintain comfortable temperature and adequate lighting.

Crisis in Texas

In a bizarre weather event, a polar vortex also moved into the state of Texas last month, causing power outages as far as Mexico. Due to the state’s infrastructure being built to support high temperatures, it was not equipped to provide the emergency support required and the situation became dangerous for many Americans who struggled to stay warm, with some outages lasting as long as three days.

Contributing to the infrastructure problem was the fact that green energy generation was hindered by snow and ice-covered solar panels, frozen-in-place windmills, and frozen piping at more conventional generation facilities, further restricting supply while demand rose to critical heights and crisis ensued. Scarcity pricing rose from 3 ¢/mmBTU USD to over 500, leading variable costs to rise by 100x their normal price for this time of year.

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Controlling Pricing by Controlling Use

Despite our understanding that utility prices increase in the winter months, there is much you can do at home to ensure that you are making the most of the energy you need and cutting use where you don’t.

  1. Plugging in Your Vehicle — Many Albertans are in the habit of plugging in when they arrive home at the end of the day and unplugging before they leave the following morning. While plugging in is important, consider using a timer to limit the number of hours to between three and four hours to save unnecessary cost.
  2. How Hot is Your Water? — To conserve electricity, consider decreasing the temperature setting on your water heater to a lower temperature. With lower temperature, your water heater requires less energy and showers can still be comfortably warm.
  3. Out with the Old — Are you still using incandescent or halogen bulbs in your home? These bulbs use drastically more electricity than a newer LED light and provide the same quality lighting. Consider a switch to LED lighting and see decreases in your monthly power bill.
  4. Drying Laundry — Do you use your dryer for all of your family’s laundry? Decreasing reliance on the dryer will decrease your power charges and hanging clothes to dry is effective due to Alberta’s low humidity index.
  5. Fridges and Freezers — Are you running an additional beer fridge, freezer or refrigerator? Unplugging those that you don’t use daily decreases your energy use and puts money back in your pocket.
  6. Standby on Appliances — Do you know that appliances in your home are using electricity even when they’re not in use? Major appliances, like fridges, are in constant use but others, like televisions and computers, can be unplugged when not in use. Don’t know where to start? Wattage testers will show you which appliances draw the most standby power. Simply unplugging these appliances when not in use can have a considerable impact on your monthly power consumption.

We may not be able to do away with the harsh Alberta winters, but taking small steps to reduce your power use is not only a good practice for cost savings, it’s kinder to the environment too.

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Goodbye and Good Riddance

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What Changes to the RRO Cap Means for Albertans

In October of 2018, Burst Customers were sent a twopart article which outlined concerns about Regulated Rate Option (RRO) providers such as Direct Energy who were being subsidized despite having divorced itself from Canadian investment. In 2018 alone, RRO providers were subsidized for any electricity rate above 6.8 cents/kWh…

… to the tune of over $70M in carbon tax dollars. Over the life of the capping legislation, it was predicted that Alberta taxpayers would pay over $700M in subsidies to large energy providers – some of whom do not even have a corporate presence in Canada.

Cause for Applause

The RRO cap and subsidy program came on the heels of the Alberta government’s 2016 decision to transition from an energy-only market to a capacity market where electricity was concerned. The change carried with it the potential for steep increases and general market price volatility and in order to mitigate risk, the subsidy program was put in place.

To be clear, the NDP implemented a subsidy program which pulled tax income from every Alberta taxpayer and only subsidized RRO providers. This meant that margins were guaranteed for Regulated Rate providers who already made up 50%-80% of the market share while variable rate providers were made ineligible for the same.

July 2019 saw industry pressure soar in favour of cancelling the move to a capacity market. Industry leaders were heard, and the capacity market implementation was put to rest. What does this mean? It means an end to the subsidy program and artificial pricing!

Levelling the Playing Field

Abandonment of the RRO cap subsidy means that after fall 2019, Alberta’s tax money will no longer go to funding RRO providers of which the total cost to taxpayers was set to run in excess of $388M over the course of the program! This is a big win for Alberta taxpayers as well as independent energy retailers like Burst! While this change does not mean any forthcoming changes to Burst Energy’s pricing strategy, it does make us more competitive in the Alberta energy market. Burst Energy’s pricing structure will remain at a rate of wholesale price plus 1 cent/kWh.

Your Support Matters

We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of our clients and their families for giving independent utility providers like us the chance to show that we can offer great value without the contracts, additional fees and outsourcing of customer service outside of Canada so often seen in larger energy providers like Direct Energy. Alberta is on the precipice of more economic change, no doubt, and uncertainty is the theme of so much of our dialogue right now. We hope that you will continue to recommend Burst Energy to the people in your life who deserve to benefit from an independent Alberta-based approach to their utility needs. True consumer choice carries more weight without artificial pricing programs, and we will continue to demonstrate that you’ve made the right choice by choosing to partner with Burst Energy!

In Gratitude,
Your Burst Energy Partners

The Power of a Penny

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The minting of the penny began in 1858 and was a part of Canada’s coinage system until its final minting in 2012. After nearly six years without the penny, it might seem easy to overlook the value of a cent. Where commodities are concerned, though, the penny is still a valuable piece of the conversation.

Pinching Pennies

What does commodity pricing mean for the average homeowner? Commodity pricing affects nearly all areas of pricing either directly or indirectly, from the cost of gas to the cost of a litre of milk. Families seeking to cut back on spending often look first to reign-in their spending on non-essentials such as dining out or entertainment (all the fun!). And while responsible spending is an honorable endeavor, we’re here to tell you that savings doesn’t always have to come at the expense of the fun you work so hard to have!

A Little Goes a Long Way

Many of us keep track of gas station pricing because we know that a penny or two difference in pump pricing impacts our total expenditures. We often take measures to make sure that we get the best possible price by gassing up before the long weekend price increase or making creative U-turns when we see better pricing on a competitor’s lot. But what about the price of the utilities that run in our homes for so many hours day in and day out? How much could we be saving if we reduced the expenditure per kilowatt by only a penny?

The Johnson Family pays $0.06/kWH for their electrical utilities. This family of four averages 9600 kWH annually, resulting in a total cost of $576.00. If they save just a penny per kWH, their annual price decreases to $480.00, saving them a total of $96.00 annually!

The Burst Advantage

All utility companies are not created equal – but they do purchase electricity for the same price. The price of electricity is determined by the pool price (the cost of a megawatt of power). Retailers purchase power at the pool price and add a discretionary premium to determine the customer rate per kWH.
Burst Energy has a simple formula for determining its retail rate – pool price plus a penny. That means that Burst pricing often beats those of its competitors. But that’s not all.

Putting Albertans First

If you knew that some gas stations were owned by international entities, meaning that your money would be sent out of Alberta to support a foreign market, would it impact your choice of gas station? We believe strongly in supporting our local economy. That means that the funds generated in Alberta stay in Alberta. Burst Energy is locally owned and operated, employing only within Alberta.
We encourage you to take a minute or two, and visit www.burstenergy.ca for a complimentary bill review and quote. Investing locally is easier than you think – and it could save you many pennies along the way!

Alberta’s Job Market – A Direct Cost (Vol II.)

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Valued Customers,

When we started Burst Energy some five years ago, we did so with a mind to offer great value to families and businesses in the province that we love. To that end, we continue to hold true to our tagline: By Albertans, For Albertans. That means that we operate and employ within our great province. Your customer service representatives answer calls from our call center in Calgary, and your bills are generated and sent through departments within Alberta. Heck, even the writer of this article is a contracted fellow Albertan.

We know that we could find great people anywhere, but the owners of Burst Energy feel strongly that the right strategy is to operate and employ within Alberta. We encourage our Burst customers to start a meaningful dialogue with the people that matter most to them about the importance of choosing a provider who is invested in Alberta’s future, even if that means that they select an alternative non-RRO retailer. We believe in Alberta’s potential to remain an economic stronghold in Canada, despite its current challenges.

So, to our Burst family we say thank you! We are proud to offer our services in a way that we can all feel good about – by Albertans, for Albertans.

Call: 1-866-516-3085

Click: www.burstenergy.ca

Email: clients@mail.burstenergy.ca

For your free utility consultation

Sincerely,

Your Burst Energy Leadership Team

Alberta’s Job Market – A Direct Cost (Vol I.)

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Canadians angry as Direct Energy’s back-door exit from Canada means fewer jobs for Canadians, despite continued regulated rate subsidy.

Alberta’s resource sector has been in the spotlight recently, and for good reason. With the headlines showing potential for additional fiscal challenge, including a pipeline we own but can’t, to this point, operate; we are seeing grave shortcomings at the level of government. But that’s not all. International entities like Direct Energy are making business decisions that will have immediate and reverberating implications for Alberta’s economy, and more generally, Canada.

Background (2000-2004)
Direct Energy was purchased by UK company Centrica PLC in 2000. In 2004, Direct Energy/Centrica bought the right to Atco’s customer list, extending their customer base by approximately 1M. European ownership meant the consolidation of profits outside Canada’s borders and trading on the London exchange. While this was a concern for residents and economists alike, there were positive moves being made to support gas production, offering hope that this would counterbalance the ‘loss’.

Investing in Canada (2004-2017)
Among these strategic investments was the acquisition of CQ Energy, a Canadian exploration and production organization with significant operations in western Canada. Purchased in a joint venture with Qatar Petroleum International (40% ownership) from Suncor for 1 Billion dollars, CQ Energy Canada had ownership of 11 major Canadian facilities. At Dec 2016, CQ was producing 56 070 barrels of oil daily (of which 90% was natural gas).

Investment Loss (2017-Current)
2017 brought significant changes in Direct Energy’s operations as we saw the organization systematically divorce itself from Canadian investment. The divestment strategy, the company said, was part of a strategic move toward focusing on European assets. In line with this strategy, May 2017 saw the company sell-off its assets in Trinidad and Tobago.

On September 29, 2017, Direct Energy/Centrica sold its interest in CQ Energy for 722M to a joint partnership comprised of: Mercuria Energy Group (Switzerland), the Can-China Global Resource Fund (CCGRF), and MIE Holdings Corporation (China).

Job Loss
Direct Energy/Centrica has established call centers in Guatemala and Manila and has moved its billing departments to Texas where a third party (HCL India) handles billing services. Currently, all Canadian customer information is stored on servers outside of Canada, with its front office for billing coming (however misleadingly) from Calgary’s Post Office Station M.

Direct Energy, Atco, Enmax and Epcor are Alberta’s regulated rate providers (RROs), meaning that Direct Energy continues to receive subsidy by the millions of dollars every month despite having no meaningful Canadian presence.
With a socialist policy of subsidizing rates above 6.8 cents (Sept 2018 real cost 8.472 cents/kWh) combined with the loss of hundreds of jobs, Albertans have cause for significant concern. This year alone, Albertans will spend over 70 million of our carbon tax dollars in subsidy, and over 700 million over the life of the current RRO capping legislation.

Vote with your Business
We believe that the government of Alberta does a serious disservice to its constituents by continuing to funnel hard-earned tax dollars outside of the country without speaking openly about the available alternatives in electricity and natural gas. Burst Energy your local competitive retailer is available across Alberta and is offering fair and competitive energy rates.

So, to our Burst family we say thank you! We are proud to offer our services in a way that we can all feel good about – by Albertans, for Albertans.

Call: 1-866-516-3085
Click: www.burstenergy.ca
Email: clients@mail.burstenergy.ca
For your free utility consultation
Sincerely,
Your Burst Energy Leadership Team

2017 – A New Year at Burst Energy

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Another year has come and gone, and has brings with it many changes, challenges and opportunities.

This month, Burst Energy celebrates its 3rd year as a private player in Alberta’s utility matrix! Burst began with a vision to offer Albertans a sustainable and affordable utility platform, which would grow and change with the market.

We’ve held true to our vision of an Albertan owned and operated organization, employing Albertans from all over our diverse province, and rooting all of our products and services within the Alberta market. Burst has experienced considerable growth and development since our foray into the utility market, including the fostering of key partnerships within our communities such as YESS and AMA. We have also had the privilege of participating in community sponsorships, such as the festival of trees in Stony Plain. Our team has worked to increase awareness around green energy in our partnerships with independent retailers in the green energy sector, and have expanded our offerings to include natural gas! We continue to offer great customer support, and assist our clients in navigating the utility system in our province.

Plans for 2017
With the introduction of carbon tax in Alberta, Burst Energy will continue to stay informed and keep you informed of changes and the implications of those changes on your utility experience. 2017 will also see a focus on the continued expansion of our client base and further community involvement within our Province.

In April, Burst Energy will be featured as an AMA REWARDS Partner with the Alberta Motor Association (AMA). Do you know someone who wants to know more about Burst Energy? We encourage you to bring a friend down to Kingsway mall in Edmonton for a complimentary bill review and to be entered for a chance to win prizes! Watch our Facebook page @BurstEnergy.CA for more information about this exciting event!

Above all, we’d like to thank you for your part in making the Burst vision a success! We value our customer relationships, and look forward to continuing to serve our Burst family in 2017 and beyond.

Heating Costs Rise across Alberta

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If you have seen an increase in your heating bill over the last few months, you aren’t alone. Customers across Alberta are feeling the burn of rising resource costs, and gas bills for usage during December and January are confirming it. So what’s the Deal?

#1 Cold snaps
When temperatures dip, as they have off and on recently, usage increases across the board as furnaces compensate for frigid temperatures with more gas usage. Across Canada, users have seen an increase in the base price of natural gas. Increased cost per GJ combined with increased demand during cold days is reflected on your bill.

#2 Increased pass through fees
Private utility providers, like Burst, use gas lines owned by ATCO Gas to transport natural gas into your home where it can be used and recorded by your meter. When Atco increases the fee it charges for using their lines, that increase is reflected on your bill. In other words, it is ‘passed through’ to you.
Alberta’s Utility Commission allows ATCO to use a two-tiered costing program to determine its line fees. They charge a base distribution fee for using the line, and an additional fee for the volume of product (natural gas) that is running through it.

#3 Natural Disasters
Natural disasters, accidents, anything that damages infrastructure can prompt a line provider to increase their rates as above. Recently, the reconstruction following fires in Fort McMurray has required additional manpower and, of course, money to fix. While your region may not have been directly impacted by the fire, all of Atco’s line customers have seen an increase in fees as a result of these unforeseen rebuild costs.

Overall, Alberta has seen a trifecta of circumstantial increases that have been outside of our scope of influence as providers (i.e. base rate for natural gas, increased variable line fees and added consumer demand).
Burst Energy remains committed to providing the best possible rates for its users across Alberta. Our administrative fee remains a fixed monthly rate of $4.50 CAN – that’s our commitment to you.

For more information on Burst Energy’s Natural Gas offering, visit us at: burstenergy.ca/floating-natural-gas-rate/

Affordable Green Sun Solar (AGSS)

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At Burst, we pride ourselves in our partnerships with like-minded organizations. Working toward a greener, healthier Alberta is what we aim for by using forward thinking philosophies and supporting other organizations in their mission to do the same. AGSS is one such Alberta based company that is making solar energy generation available to people across Alberta, and facilitating change one sunny day at a time.
Devon Lybbert is the founder and President of Affordable Green Sun Solar, and a licensed Professional Engineer by trade. In 2014, Devon was designing drilling rigs for the Alberta oil patch when he decided that it was time to change his engineering focus to more progressive and sustainable forms of energy. Along with his friend Kenny James, an expert in all things oil, they drafted a plan for their bold entry into the green energy world and AGSS was born.

Today, AGSS provides end-to-end service in the area of solar energy generation, from design to installation and even financing! Serving residential, agricultural, and commercial customers, AGSS makes the solar panel installation stress free with their full service solutions. “Many municipalities are now requiring signed permits, which as a Professional Engineer I can provide. We have in-house design capabilities and personally train all of our installers. It gives us a leg up on the competition,” he says. As if that wasn’t enough, their affiliation with the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) and the Solar Energy Society of Alberta lends further recognition of the company’s high standards of practise.

These days, even recreational vehicles are being outfitted with solar panels, which translates to steady work for Devon’s 26 salesmen and installation experts. AGSS operates all over Alberta, with highest demand for their services in the area of Lac La Biche and north.
About Solar

Anyone can achieve benefit from solar energy generation, but those whose host structure offer an uncomplicated roof structure will find the most potential for gain. “Structures with numerous peaks and crannies provide a challenge for solar installers,” he says. Residential investment generally hovers around the 15 thousand dollar mark if you want to offset your utility bill completely, with commercial varying greatly.

So what is the term of the investment? Generally, it will take about 12 years to recover your investment, but there are other items to consider. “The panels are an asset to your home,” Devon remarks. Once the panels are installed and wired into your home’s electrical system, they become a significant feature of your home and add to the home’s equity. The lifespan of solar panels is not yet fully understood, because it is still a newer technology. Don’t let that fool you, though, because these panels are warrantied for 25 years, and are expected to last no less than 30! What’s more – they’re basically maintenance free! Shower your panels with a garden hose one or twice a year, and enjoy the benefits of solar for years to come.

What about Alberta’s winter climate? AGSS has you covered. With winter months in Alberta seeing significantly less daylight than in summer months, only about ¼ of the generation can occur. AGSS offers credits for your solar generation through the summer months, to be used in carrying you through winter without relying solely on traditional power sources. AGSS panels run slightly warm; warm enough to keep your panels clear of snow and ice and keep maintenance requirements at a minimum.

What’s next for this new green energy player? “Once carbon tax details are defined, we will know more”, says Devon, “at this point we expect to see the increased cost of diesel generators, frequently used in remote areas up north, to increase by 4%. That’s a lot for a company to absorb”.

“Alberta still has a long way to go,” Devon admits. With Alberta’s energy grid capacity for solar energy at around 10%, the potential for growth from the current 2% mark is impressive. Devon and his team work constantly to develop new ways for solar to meet its potential in the utility market. With upcoming changes in January 2017, AGSS may find themselves busier than ever. And when that happens? “We’ll be ready,” he says.

Feed in Tariff Program

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At Burst Energy, we believe in giving credit where credit is due. We believe in the green energy movement, and the power of every Albertan to change the energy landscape by changing the way we do things both drastically and incrementally.

The green energy discussion in Alberta is often met with confusion. The ‘who’ and ‘how’ of getting involved is often muddied by the fact that although the concept of green is generally understood, the lack of available subsidies to smaller generators is marginal at best, turning a well-intentioned effort into a careful calculation of affordability, following the cessation of the FIT program’s predecessor, Light Up Alberta, in 2014. The timeline to pay down the investment in green energy generation is often too hard a pill to swallow for the average family or business.

The good news? The FIT program is here!

We see you, micro generators! We know what you’re doing for our province’s energy grid, and we want to recognise you for your contribution to a cleaner place for Alberta families to live and grow.

If you are a micro generator, or have taken an interest in the concept of microgeneration, you will no doubt be interested in hearing about the FIT program offered in Partnership between Burst Energy and Green Alberta Energy.

The FIT program is a voluntary program, and free to join simply by speaking to your Burst Representative! FIT channels $0.0166/kWh back to you, the generator, and allows you to offset the costs associated with microgeneration. As a Burst Energy customer, the payments will be listed as a credit on your billing statement. You might be surprised what a difference a few extra pennies can do for your investment!
The program is privately funded by people who care about the proliferation of subsidy programs for green energy producers. Our aim is not only to recognize micro generators, but to foster public awareness about the prevalence of such producers in Alberta and spark larger dialogue about how to get involved and how the Provincial Government can help.

You are making a difference, let us help take the pressure off. Call your Burst Energy provider today to request to be a participant in the FIT program.