We'll always work with you to find resolution in the case of a billing dispute. And if we're wrong, we'll fix it.
Typically, we disconnect an account for non-payment 60 days after the account is past due and the customer hasn't honoured our payment arrangement. If you're having difficulty paying on time, please contact us as soon as possible so we can work with you to find alternate payment schedules. We're also happy to direct you toward social agency assistance upon request.
If you haven't paid your bills
Because it's important that every ratepayer pay for the services they've used, we have to take action when someone isn't paying their bill. We only cut off power or water service when we've exhausted all other attempts at resolution and we've given advanced warning by phone or written notice.
- You'll receive a minimum of 3 warnings with options for payment arrangements before services are disconnected.
- Collection activity begins with a call to you within 4 days of your next bill.
- If a payment isn't made, you'll receive either a call or a letter requesting payment.
- If we still don't hear from you, we'll call again or send you a letter by express post.
The Alberta's Electricity Utilities Act Distribution Tariff Amendment Regulation prohibits any utility from shutting off power between October 15 and April 15 each winter (known as Winter Rules), but allows utilities to apply a limiter. A limiter does exactly what its name says: it limits how much power you can use.
It's no secret that winters in Alberta can be pretty unforgiving. And as those temperatures drop and the days grow shorter, the need to operate sources of heat (furnace fan, space heater, etc.) and lighting may increase.
So during those colder months, if you're having trouble paying your EPCOR power bill, the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) has measures to protect you.
A limiter is installed on residential meters instead of shutting off power completely during the cold months of the year. They might be installed for non-payment on a site, or if no one is billing for the services.
You'll have enough power to run heat, a few lights and a major appliance such as a fridge. But beyond that, once other electrical appliances are turned on, and use of power exceeds the limit, the limiter shuts off your service.
You can reset the limiter and, as long as you stay within the limit, you'll have heat. The way to reset your limiter depends on which type you have. It will either:
- Have a reset button on the bottom of the meter or
- Pull the knob down to reset the limiter, then push up to activate
The AUC will declare these rules in effect until a designated time in spring. The time period for these Winter Rules is dependent upon the temperatures that are being observed that year.
Trying to connect with you
We send letters to customers whose service is turned off for non-payment prior to winter rules and either:
- Are still disconnected
- Have paid up their past-due, but haven't contacted us to reconnect service.
If you receive one of these letters, please contact us ASAP so we can work with you to reconnect service. If we don't hear from you, we'll also try contacting you by phone to arrange for payment and reconnection.
If we're unable to contact you by phone and your site is disconnected but you paid your past-due balance, we'll arrange for a visit to the site to verify if power needs to be restored. Letters will be left at these customer locations if there is no one present.
When media or social media are involved
Among other restrictions, Alberta's Personal Information Protection Act states we can't give your account information to media (or anyone else), unless you sign a privacy waiver.
In cases where we don't have a waiver, we can't provide information about your situation. That's why we may not publicly respond to your Tweet or social media post. Instead, we work to ensure you're able to get in direct contact with us.
There are often two sides to a story, and unless you agree to sign a privacy waiver, we won't provide your confidential information, regardless of the issue or media attention.
We respect your privacy