The City of Medicine Hat Electric Utility began generating electricity in 1910 using diesel fuel. Today, the Power Plant uses co-generation turbines with natural gas and steam to produce electricity for its customers.
The Electric Utility generates, transmits and distributes electricity to approximately 30,000 customers within the City of Medicine Hat, Redcliff, Dunmore, Veinerville and outlying rural areas adjacent to the city.
The Electric Utility's goal is to produce and deliver safe, reliable, cost effective electric energy and related services to City of Medicine Hat (CMH) customers. The department consists of three business units: Electric Distribution; Electric Generation; and Electric Retail.
Electric Distribution is responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of the transmission and distribution infrastructure to ensure the reliable supply of electrical load. Electric Distribution is mandated with improving efficiencies and with providing a Medicine Hat Advantage by charging distribution rates that are lower than those charged elsewhere in Alberta.
Electric Generation is responsible for safely and efficiently operating the City's generation assets to ensure a reliable supply of power. Electric Generation is mandated with improving Plant sustainability and with providing an annual dividend to the City of Medicine Hat Municipal Services.
Electric Retail is responsible for ensuring that costs of providing electricity are kept at a minimum. Electric Retail is responsible for recovering these costs through commodity rates that are the average of rates charged in similar Alberta cities.