Frequently Asked Questions
Who do I call if my power is out, or I need an update on a power outage?
Please call Fortis Alberta at 310-WIRE
How do I know if I am a member, or need to update my agreement?
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page and we will help you out.
Why is the REA considered a cooperative?
The REA is a jointly owned, not for profit enterprise that is democratically controlled by it's members. Every member/owner has one vote to elect representatives to operate the REA. Members enjoy the economic benefits of a not for profit. Surplus funds are reinvested to upgrade and maintain infrastructure and keep reasonable rates.
How does and REA cooperative differ from a investor owned utility?
Not For Profit
Locally owned by members in the community
Reinvests surplus to benefit members in the community
Exists to serve a need in the community
Democratically run - each member has one vote
How do I know how much power my appliance/device uses?
Here is an example to figure out power consumption:
Electric Heater that is rated 2000 watts, used 8hrs a day
2000 watts x 8 hrs/day = 16,000 watts
16,000 watts/1000 = 16 kilowatts
16kilowatts x 0.08/kw = $1.28/day
$1.28/day x 30 days = $38.40/month
(calculation is for power only + service charges)
Will my power bill be lower as an REA member?
Here is the Monthly Farm Distribution Tariff Costs
REA vs Investor Owned Utility Rates
REA Investor Owned Utility
5 KVA Transformer $40.15 $75.10
7.5 KVA Transformer $51.26 $106.30
10 KVA Transformer $62.35 $137.51
15 KVA Transformer $84.55 $199.93
25 KVA Transformer $128.95 $324.76
Average savings on a:
5 KVA Transformer $419.40/yr
7.5 KVA Transformer $660.48/yr
10 KVA Transformer $901.92/yr
15 KVA Transformer $1384.56/yr
25 KVA Transformer $2349.72/yr
Investor Owned Utility
Owned by shareholders around the world
Pays surplus out as dividends to shareholders
Exists to provide product/service that creates a return for shareholders
Shareholders may have more than one vote