The first thing you need to know about utilities is that each one of them is their own dang planet. The distribution and transmission costs in Edmonton bear little resemblance to the distribution and transmission costs in Sherwood Park, because in Edmonton service is provided by EPCOR while in Sherwood Park service is provided by FortisAlberta.
The second thing you need to know about utilities is that, if it isn't written down, they can't charge it. All regulated service, which in Alberta includes distribution service, transmission service and Regulated Rate Option or Default Supply service, is approved through public processes at the Alberta Utilities Commission. However, all of the different parts of what can be charged are written down in separate decisions, orders and tables, making it almost impossible for most people to follow.
What we have done is to condense all of the gobbledegoop down to 2 numbers:
- Avoidable Energy Charges
- Avoidable Demand Charges
These numbers represent the amount of money you can save by conserving 1,000 kilowatt-hours of energy or by reducing peak demand by 1 kilowatt. This makes it significantly easier to determine if energy conservation measures will make sense for your business.