Frequently Asked Questions

Your questions are important to us! Below are many common questions and answers.

What areas in Alberta does Burst Energy operate in?

We provide electricity and natural gas to all areas of Alberta that are NOT part of a Rural Electrification Association. If you aren’t sure if you are covered by an REA, you can check at the following website: http://www.afrea.ab.ca/links . Scroll down to the Member Rural Electrification Associations section and see if your area is listed. Still not sure? Check out the Map of Services link here: http://www.afrea.ab.ca/map-services. If your service address/site is in any of the yellow areas, it is serviced by a REA. If not, you can sign up and get your electricity and natural gas through Burst Energy!

What is the Regulated Rate Option (RRO)?

In Alberta, you can choose how you buy electricity. You can sign a contract with an Energy Retailer at an agreed contract price and terms. You also can buy your electricity at a regulated rate, often called the RRO. The regulated rate is the unit price of electricity (cents per kilowatt hour – ¢/kWh). The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) regulates Alberta’s investor-owned and municipally-owned utilities to ensure that customers receive electricity at a just and reasonable rate. This rate changes each month. If you have not chosen a competitive electricity retailer and you use less than 250,000 kWh per year, you will continue to be eligible for the RRO.

What is an Energy Contract?

An energy contract is a legal agreement between you and a licensed Energy Retailer, such as Burst Energy marketer operating under Sponsor Energy Inc.’s retail license.  It states the price you will pay for energy and the terms and conditions of your energy purchase.

Why did we get into the retailing of electricity?

In the last couple of years, fewer companies have participated in Alberta’s electricity market. Without competition, consumers have limited choices and existing retail prices remain unchallenged. Clearly, there is room for more competition, with consumers being the ultimate winners.

Furthermore, for us at Burst Energy, it was a way to give back to the community while supporting our families at the same time.

What if I am existing EasyMax customer or on the Regulated Rate Option (RRO)? Can I sign up?

Absolutely! Any customer on EasyMax only has to give one month’s notice to cancel without penalty. RRO customers can switch over at any time. Switching is easy.

If I signed up on a contract with Just Energy or Direct Energy can I switch over?

The simple answer is ‘Yes’ but you must check the terms of your contract as they may have a penalty or early exit fee if you cancel before your contract expiry date. If you have a long-term fixed contract, we encourage you to honour the contract commitments. When your contract expires, however, we hope you will consider switching. Some of our customers have found it economically profitable to pay the penalty as they saved more in a short period of time based on our lower energy rates.

How do I cancel my existing contract?

Here are the phone numbers to call to cancel your existing contract when you sign up with Burst Energy:

What if I change my mind after I have signed up?

You have a cooling off period, which lets you cancel within 10 days of the date we receive your completed sign up form. You also can cancel any time after that with just 10 business days notice prior to your next meter reading date. We have made it exceptionally easy for you.

What happens if I move?

You can transfer your contract with you to your new location. Just give us one month’s notice that you are moving, provide us with your new Site ID for electricity and we’ll take care of the rest.

What if I change my mind after I have signed up?

You can cancel within 10 days of the date we receive your completed sign up form. You also can cancel anytime after that with just 10 days notice at any time. We have made it exceptionally easy for you.

Help me understand how my bill is calculated.

Below are the common terms in Burst Energy’s monthly invoice:

  1. Meter Read: Each month the Wires Distribution Company (ATCO, ENMAX, EPCOR, FortisAlberta, Lethbridge, etc.) will read your meter and prepare a file called a Tariff Bill File (TBF). This electronic file is sent to the retailer. It contains the current meter read and the date the meter was read. The difference between the current read and the previous read is your actual consumption during the defined time period. The actual consumption is used to calculate the cost and price of your energy use.
  2. Distribution Fees: These fees are regulated by the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC). The current charges invoiced by the Wires Distribution Company that services your site is billed monthly, with direct pass through of distribution fees. No additional charges or mark-up is applied to these charges.
  3. Administration (Admin) Fees: This covers the basic transactional fees incurred by Sponsor Energy and us in processing your invoice.
  4. Wholesale Cost: This is the actual cost for the electricity you consumed. To calculate the Wholesale Cost, we use the hourly Pool Price (PP) averaged over the calendar month. We then adjust this cost based on your consumption relative to your Profile Class. This Profile Class is determined by your Wires Distribution Company. The Wholesale Cost includes the Line Loss (LL), Unaccounted For Energy (UFE), Retailers’ Adjustments to Market (RAM) plus the Alberta Electric System Operator’s Spot Trading Charge (STC).
  5. Energy Price: The energy price is adjusted monthly. It is based on the average Wholesale Cost of electricity consumed plus Retailer Markup (profit margin for Burst Energy). This price is applied to the energy you use, based on the meter read.
  6. Common Terms: The following terms are often used in the electricity industry – Line Losses (LL), Pool Prices (PP), Spot Trading Charge (STC) and Unaccounted For Energy (UFE). A few brief descriptions are given below, but for more detailed explanations please visit our Glossary.
    • LL — The information to calculate the LL is obtained from the WCI transaction (as referenced within under the Systems Settlement Code as administered by the AUC). For customers in all other distribution zones the line loss factor is provided by the distribution company and referenced as a percentage.
    • PP — Refers to the hourly Power Pool price as published by the Alberta Electric System Operator.
    • STC — Refers to the Spot Trading Charge as published by the Alberta Electric Systems Operator.
    • UFE — Refers to the unaccounted for energy. The UFE factor is obtained from the SSI transaction as provided by the Load Settlement Agent (LSA). The LSA is the operating division within each Distribution Company.

What if I have a micro-generation site?

Micro-generation meter reads are processed on a monthly basis and will be included as a credit on your invoice.