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October 29, 2020

Power Consumers Face Widely Varied Costs Across Provinces

  • Electricity prices and pricing structures vary widely across provinces, with Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia consumers facing the highest power costs.
  • Authors Grant Bishop, Mariam Ragab and Blake Shaffer provide an interprovincial comparison of power prices across Canada, and explore how overall electricity costs matter for economically efficient power consumption and provincial competitiveness for new business investment.
  • From 2014 to 2019, growth in electricity prices was driven by increases in transmission and distribution costs in Alberta and heightened energy costs in Ontario. These increased costs may influence where a business locates.
Grant Bishop
Grant Bishop

Grant Bishop was Associate Director of Research for the C.D. Howe Institute from 2018-2021. Based in Calgary, he led the Institute's research on energy, competition and regulatory policy.

Blake Shaffer
Blake Shaffer

Blake Shaffer is the Energy Policy Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. His work focusses on electricity markets, climate policy and energy transitions. He uses empirical methods to evaluate policy effectiveness and better understand consumer and firm behaviour.

Mariam Ragab

Mariam Ragab is a former research assistant at the C.D. Howe Institute.