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Better Late Than Never – Albertans Anticipate Energy Rebates as Inflation Spikes

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As spring led into summer, Albertans were left wondering what would come of Kenny’s promises to offer consumer rebates to offset the challenges felt by residences and businesses across the province in January, February and March. Among other financial stressors such as inflation, increased taxation, and the holiday season, many Albertans were taken aback when extreme temperatures led to utility bills that were far beyond the scope of affordability.

Legislative Changes

Previously, the Natural Gas Price Protection Act prevented electricity rebates from being offered to Albertans. The Utility Commodity Rebate Act has now repealed the Natural Gas Price Protection Act, allowing gas and electricity relief to be offered to 1.9 million Albertans.

After much administration and planning, the Government of Alberta has implemented the rebate program for residents, farms, and small businesses, who can expect to see their first credits on July’s energy bill.

Better Late Than Never

With almost 2 million eligible accounts, the process was time consuming – but the resulting rebate process is simple and automatic for consumers. The rebate was intended to begin in July and continue for three months, providing relief until the end of September, but has since been extended by an additional three months – offering subsidy to electricity customers through December, 2022.

If you are an electricity consumer who receives a bill in your name, the rebate will be automatically applied to your account, showing as a credit on your monthly bill. This program is for utility customers who use less than 250 megawatt hours per year. Additional exceptions and regulations can be found on the government of Alberta’s website at www.alberta.ca

Your credit will be applied to your account in increments of $50.00 per month over a six-month period, ending with your December usage bill. To find this on your bill, look for the item listed as: GOA Utility Commodity Rebate”.

If you do not see a rebate on your July bill and you believe that you are eligible, contact the Utilities Consumer Advocate at :780-310-4822 (In Alberta) or 780-644-5130(Outside Alberta).

What About Gas?

Heating rebates were also promised as part of our government’s budget for the year, but details were scarce until this point. The government has taken a subsidizing approach, announcing that if the price of gas goes over $6.50 /GJ at ATCO North, ATCO South or Apex Utilities, it will pay the difference for the consumer – provided that they are billed by a natural gas retailer and use less than 2500 GJ of fuel annually. Farmers and other consumers who use alternative fuels for heating (like kerosene and propane) may be eligible for the rebate but will need to undergo a separate application process. Further details will be posted as they become available at: www.alberta.ca

This program will begin October 1, 2022 and end March 31, 2023.

Going Forward

With the influence of COVID-19 Our new reality, whether we like it or not, is that many households now have someone at home throughout the day. With so many residents now working from home, and many others deciding to stay home with their young children, there is more demand on our utility systems. Where, at one time, thermostats could be dropped significantly during the day when no one was home, we now require more heat for longer periods. Still, there are ways for us to reduce our utility usage – and time to accomplish it before winter!

Weather Stripping – Drafts around windows and doors can decrease heating efficiency in the home and should be blocked with weather stripping, silicone or spray foam to prevent heat loss when it’s cold.

Insulationwww.energy.gov provides a detailed outline of where to insulate a home and what materials to use. They recommend assessing and improving your home’s insulation in:

  • Attics
  • Ducting
  • Cathedral Ceilings
  • Exterior Walls
  • Basements
  • Foundations and Crawlspaces
  • Slab-on-grade

Furnace Filters – Is your furnace filter filtering more than it needs to? Unless you have a reason to use a high-quality filter, your furnace may be working unnecessarily hard to circulate the air in your home.

Lifestyle – If you regularly keep your home at 22 or 23 degrees, consider decreasing your ambient temperature. Get the family involved by encouraging everyone to wear an extra sweater to decrease the heating demands in your home.

The Little Things – Small changes like hanging more clothes to dry, putting ceiling fans on reverse to circulate the rising heat, and plugging in your car only for as long as needed (or 3 hours before drive-time) don’t require much effort but do make a difference.

Energy Retailer – Are you certain that you’re getting the best rate on your electric and natural gas usage? Go to www.burstenergy.ca to get a complimentary bill review and quote or view our posted rates for up-to-date pricing.

Alberta Utility Agencies Working for You

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The history of utilities in Alberta demonstrates just how important these utilities have become in our daily lives. In the case of electricity, for example, every area of industry would be negatively affected by a power failure of any significant duration. Schools could be lit by sunlight and homes with lanterns, but what about hospitals? Modern residential homes are not equipped for year-round living in the north without the utilities that protect their internal infrastructure from freezing.

The practical benefits of artificial lighting extended the workday and alleviated the health concerns associated with breathing their smoky by-product, but its impact was so much greater than that. Along with rail systems, telecommunications and natural gas, electricity played a major role in facilitating the development of a newer, modern form of economy with reliable utility access and a new way of life for Albertans.

In 1915, Albertans began to insist that their governments guarantee access to utilities because utility accessibility, as it was, was fraught with problems. Refusal of service, overcharges and inconsistency in consumer treatment was a problem that had risen as a result of utility monopolies, and the people wanted protection from their predatory and opportunistic leanings. The solution? The Board of Public Utilities was created using the Board of Railway Commissioners, in place since 1905, as a design influence.

The responsibilities of the Board of Public Utilities became a mix of judicial, administrative and legislative scope, and provinces across Canada were adopting semi-judicial regulators simultaneously. By 1948, both electricity and telecommunications were made crown corporations in many provinces and a plebiscite was held to let Albertans decide whether to accept a similar fate for their own electrical utilities. By a narrow margin, the proposal to make the change to a crown corporation was rejected.

Fast forward to 1996 – the Electric Utilities Act was instituted by the Alberta government, allowing it to deregulate electricity. For the purposes of oversight, five agencies were created with a view to add a regulatory component to this market-based system.

Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)

The AESO is an independent not-for-profit agency with no ownership of any assets, but it does oversee the Alberta Interconnected Electric System and Balancing Pool. The AESO works with involved parties such as retailers, generators and transmission facilities (like ATCO, and EPCOR) but does not have any punitive authority.

Balancing Pool

The Balancing Pool was created to predict profit and revenue, determine policies, and to determine the level of authority that the AESO has. The Balancing Pool implemented the concept of the ‘power pool’ to represent the wholesale price of power based on their lowest commodity price combined with current demand. All energy that is bought and sold in Alberta is processed through the power pool. Commodity pricing is evaluated on a minute-by-minute basis and updates to pricing occur hourly.

Alberta Utilities Commission

The AUC regulates distribution and transmission of utilities and determines the rules and regulations that will govern the electricity market. They replaced the Electricity Utilities Board, and when they did so, a Regular Rate Option was introduced. The RRO is the wholesale cost of utilities and there are 5 RRO providers in Alberta.

Market Surveillance Administrator

The Market Surveillance Administrator of Alberta is responsible for ensuring oversight of the electricity market and ensures that the market remains competitive. The MSA also has punitive authority over the entities that it surveils.

Utilities Consumer Advocate

Perhaps the most important agency from a consumer standpoint is the Utilities Consumer Advocate (UCA). The UCA first began in 2006 to offer education, mediation and advocacy to Alberta’s utility consumers including: small businesses, residential consumers, and farms. The agency is mandated to provide services to end-users related to water, power and/or natural gas.

The UCA is your one-stop-shop for all your questions about everything from how to lodge a dispute to how to connect services in your new home. We are proud to be featured on the UCA website for our competitive pricing, and we welcome new Burst members who found us there.

Agencies like the UCA put customers first where their utilities are concerned. Customers in financial distress or who need reconnection to services can go to the UCA website to gather resources and next steps. When a dispute arises, the UCA may provide mediation services or, if concerns of a broader nature are identified, the UCA may speak on your behalf at a hearing or forum – both of which are publicly accessible on their website at: ucahelps.alberta.ca

Burst is proud to be among those recognized on the UCA website and we continue to stick to our promise to keep utilities simple. Do you know someone who would like to start saving on their monthly utility bills? See www.burstenergy.ca for up-to-date pricing information and get a free utility quote.

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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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Claresholm Solar Project Realised

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Just 125 kilometers south of Calgary in the municipality of Willow Creek, 1,280 acres of land is being put to use in a new kind of farming venture — solar energy farming.

Following the project’s 2019 approval by the Alberta Utilities Commission, a signed credit agreement in July 2020 marked the true beginning of Alberta’s most ambitious green energy project in the province’s history. The agreement, shared among ATB Financial, Fiera Infrastructure Private Debt Fund LP, and Telus Pensions Liability Hedging Master Trust, allocated up to $115 million of funds to this $200 million project.

For its part, the 132 MWac (AC capacity) state-of-the-art undertaking was set to offer more than 300 full-time employment opportunities throughout its 18-month construction period and will benefit the community through its long-term property tax input. The project’s territory covers eight quarter-sections of land, or 1,280 acres, making it the largest of its kind in Alberta.

Owned by the longstanding Granum Hutterite Colony, the land will make it possible to reduce emissions by approximately 149,000 MT CO2 (Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide). Farm-generated solar power will be sold primarily to TC Energy through a Power Purchasing Agreement, while the remainder will contribute to the Alberta Wholesale Pool. The site announced operation as of April 29, 2021.

Site Selection

The site was chosen due to its soil salinity, resulting low crop production, and proximity to transmission lines. The Granum 604S substation connects the power plant to the Interconnected Electric System and has no effect on the surrounding prairie or native vegetation. Panels are elevated by one metre on steel structures and positioned at an angle, extending the height to just over three metres. Elevation and shade provided by the structures means the area may be used as grazing pasture.

Solar Opportunity in Alberta

The solar infrastructure will generate power throughout the daylight hours all year long when energy needs are highest and the most expensive. Although the effectiveness of solar generation is limited in the winter when Alberta sees less than eight hours of daylight, summer generation peaks at over 17 hours of daily generation opportunity (weather dependent).

Albedo and Global Solar Generation Opportunity

Some researchers have turned their attention to deserts lately, considering the potential for these, typically barren, environments to power the world’s energy systems. But the question is about more than, Can it be done? — environmentalists ask whether it should?

The Sahara Desert is the world’s largest expanse of desert land and has the potential to meet the world’s current demand by more than four times using solar generated power. But what sounds like a no-brainer becomes more complex as soon as its collective influence on the environments beyond the Sahara is considered. While widespread solar power generation significantly decreases reliability on fossil fuels, its effect on the soil’s surface is notable.

A surface’s level of reflectivity is indicated by its albedo — the higher the albedo, the higher the reflectivity value. Desert sand is highly reflective and, therefore, carries a higher albedo than the black surfaces of the solar panels that would cover it. This is relevant because, while sand reflects heat outward, solar panels release 85% of the energy as heat near the soil.

Scientists used a climate model to demonstrate that heating up a large portion of the Saharan desert floor would increase the contrast between ocean temperature and land temperature and ultimately result in more rain. Plants would grow more easily in this new environment and would absorb the light beaming onto the soil and foliage rather than reflecting it. A subsequent evaporation and condensation cycle means that vegetation would do well while clean energy is being simultaneously produced. So, what’s the catch?

All About Balance

Subsequent studies have indicated that, although local benefits are real, a project of this size and scope could cause temperature increases globally as its heat is dispersed throughout the atmosphere. Extrapolations have warned of changes in the rainforests of the Amazon, potentially causing drought and harm to habitat, and an increase in extreme weather along the coasts of North America and Eastern Asia.

The challenge, then, is determining where and how large these solar programs can be implemented to derive maximum power generation for local benefit without placing undue hardship on other natural systems and cycles. To date, the largest global solar farms are located in desert or desert-like climates.

Doing Our Part

As our province sees the growing opportunity for further green energy to be placed onto the electrical grid, our energy sources become more diversified and foster less reliance on fossil fuels to power our homes, hospitals and other infrastructure. This trend toward greener energy production can be further supported by making small changes to our energy use such as limiting air-conditioner use or shutting lights out when leaving a room. For more about how you can save on your power bill, see our previous blog entry.

Thinking about making a switch to a new retailer? Call us at 1-866-516-3085 or request a complimentary bill review and quote at burstenergy.ca.

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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

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For your free utility consultation

Sincerely,

Your Burst Energy Leadership Team