Central Alberta REA Ltd (CAREA)

November 09, 2010 23:22 ET

Central Alberta REA Ltd.: Rural Power Provider Takes Fight to Alberta Utilities Commission

Central Alberta Rural Electrification Association Asks Commission to Define Franchise Rights for Power Distribution

INNISFAIL, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2010) - In a September 30, 2010 submission to the Alberta Utilities Commission the Central Alberta Rural Electrification Association (CAREA) has asked the Commission to formally confirm who has the right to serve new electricity consumers in Alberta's rural areas. The application is in response to the takeover of some CAREA services by Fortis Alberta in CAREA's service territory.

CAREA originated from the amalgamation of five smaller central Alberta REA's in 1992 and has over the years grown to include over 8,300 members throughout Central Alberta and the Onoway area northwest of Edmonton. Rural Electrification Associations provide power to over 48,000 association members in rural Alberta and have a long history of being a positive part of the community fabric throughout the province.

"Central Alberta REA is caught in a modern day David and Goliath situation. Fortis Alberta Inc. has become increasingly less cooperative, to the point of building services to customers we believe are rightfully CAREA's, says Jim Towle, CAREA Board Chair "These manoeuvres impact directly our members by taking CAREA's focus away from providing efficient, at-cost distribution services. We have also had to engage in numerous arbitrations to rectify and resolve issues of who has the right to serve rural consumers. In addition, we have also had to participate in utility board applications to clarify CAREA's position and have had to clear up misleading information Fortis has circulated to our members, potential members, and municipal officials. This has created frustration and confusion for our members, our staff, and others. It is our hope that through our application the Commission will definitively confirm CAREA's right to be the primary supplier of electrical power in our operating area."

CAREA is a progress, forward looking organization committed to its members and the continued growth and prosperity of REA's in particular and Alberta cooperatives in general.

Contact Information

  • Central Alberta Rural Electrification Association
    Pat Bourne
    General Manager
    Central Alberta Rural Electrification Association
    Jim Towle
    Board Chair
    Central Alberta Rural Electrification Association
    Brian McLoughlin
    Communications Coordinator
    Central Alberta Rural Electrification Association
    5803 - 42nd Street (Box 6199)
    Innisfail, Alberta T4G 1S8