Foremost exporting power to the US has a jurisdictional hurdle to get over. If Alberta admits the power is for export the Feds have jurisdiction over what rates are charged and can take revenue from the export. The whole scenario is being set up to keep the Fed out of the power lines. This Conservative dance is going to cost you 40 to 80 dollars per household in costs on your electrical bill and industry will pay between 150 and 500.00 on their power bills.
There is no chance of new industry coming to this province having the highest cost of living in North America if not the world!
Recently I changed my ENMAX (Far less expensive than EPCOR and their add-on) account from.08 contract to market at.055 a huge savings for me!
ENMAX did a number of things important to look at.
They increased their market rate to.09 per kWh overnight referring to it as "their offering" rather than the flow through rate. Because I was a long time customer (they said) they offered me my old rate .08 per Kwh or 8.00 per Mwh if I signed back up. Access to the market prices is a total farce and will stay that way until the price of gas actually skyrockets!
When I jumped to market it was effective at the end of the current billing period. When they I signed back up at.08 it was effective immediately. If nothing else it proves there is no such thing as a flow through rate in this province!
I spent 15 min on the phone with their representative on legalese recording answers to a number of questions about did I know what I was doing. Included in this was a caution out front that ENMAX were not responsible for increases in power line and transmission rates.
There is only 1 cure for this! Get rid of this Government! Don't bother with the WRP they are totally on side.
This Government is planning price increases on your electricity starting immediately in the new year. They will probably start into increases at 2 cents per Kwh. If you elect them again you will find you are hit with rapid increases of up to 15 or 20 cents per kwh! The new DC lines are really; really expensive!
For 2 cents raise in power or lines each home will pay 18.00 a month more!
Corporations will rake in 36 million dollars a month!
That is another 4 hundred million dollars a year (for 20 years or more) they are going to rip out of your pockets! You have every right to get definitive answers; settle for nothing less!
After the election you are looking at a 400 million dollar a year rip off for which you receive nothing!
The cure for this? Get rid of them!