Tomahawk REA is a member- owned electricity co-op that provides reliable electric service to our members at a competitive price. The board and management will work as a team to continuously improve service while encouraging the growth of the REA, now and in the future, by following co-operative principles, economic development and financial responsibility.
Rural Electrification Associations in Alberta
In the 1940s, the Alberta government asked the Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) to bring power to rural Alberta. The IOUs declined, citing cost as a factor. Faced with this reality, Alberta farmers decided to tackle the task on their own. They organized co-operatives, also known as Rural Electrification Associations or REAs, and worked collectively to deliver electricity to rural Alberta.
REAs come in all sizes and members own the electric distribution system they helped build. The REA Board of Directors, elected from the rural membership, regulates and manages the REA business. Members of an REA are responsible for making the REA successful by participating in the election of those Directors, minimizing operational costs, and utilizing electricity safely at home and at work. Members are also responsible for promoting and encouraging membership and thereby growing the REA. Because REAs operate at cost, they provide a benchmark for electricity rates and tariffs. Unlike IOUs, they do not generate profits for stockholders, they produce savings for members.
On January 10, 1953 the first Board of Directors was elected to the Tomahawk Rural Electrification Association. Shortly after, an agreement was made with Calgary Power to provide electricity and on May 5, 1966 the power was turned on and the initial 60 plus members of the REA were powered up! The vision of those rural farmers remains steadfast today with the Tomahawk REA delivering safe and reliable power to over 650 services.
Unique to Alberta
In Canada, Rural Electrification Associations are only found in Alberta. However, rural residents in the United States have been using this co-operative structure for decades. The National Rural Electric Co-operative Association is a nationwide organization comprised of Rural Electric Co-operatives and other electrical companies that service rural areas in the United States. The association began in 1947 and operates from headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. The organization reports more than 900 companies as members. Together, these electric co-operatives provide service for more than 42 million U.S. residents, businesses and farms in 47 states.
Your Right to Choose
All members are free to purchase electricity services through Tomahawk REA's regulated rate tariff or from a retailer of their choice. The delivery of electricity is not affected by your choice. If you change who you purchase electricity services from, you will continue receiving electricity from the Tomahawk REA. For a current list of retailers you may choose from visit www.ucahelps.alberta.ca or call 310.4822 (toll free in Alberta).
The Market Surveillance Administrator (MSA) is an independent body created under the Electric Utilities Act to help ensure the fair, efficient, and openly competitive operation of Alberta’s electricity markets. The Code of Conduct Regulation governs aspects of the retail electricity market, including the conduct of owners of electric distribution systems and affiliated retailers and the conduct of a rural electrification association carrying out retailer functions for its members.
Complaints about contraventions of the Code of Conduct Regulation may be made to the Alberta Utilities Commission or the Market Surveillance Administrator. The Alberta Utilities Commission can be reached by contacting 1-780-427- 4903 or email@example.com.
The Market Surveillance Administrator can be reached by contacting 1-403-705-3181 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Alberta Utilities Commission and the Market Surveillance Administrator are independent of Tomahawk REA and the regulated rate suppliers and affiliated providers.
The administration office is located in Drayton Valley at 6226 - 50th Avenue in Drayton Valley (Intercon Messaging building). The office is open on Wednesdays from 9am - 3pm.
(Effective January 1, 2017 (subject to change)
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Regulated Rate Provider
EQUS is the Regulated Rate Provider (RRO) for Tomahawk REA. Note the RRO fluctuates on a monthly basis. The RRO for
May is 6.8 cents/kwh for energy
0.797 cents/kwh for variable
For a total of 7.597 cents/kwh
Under the agreement between Tomahawk REA and EQUS, this Co-operative Energy Rate is available to Tomahawk REA members.
For billing information etc. with
EQUS go to our Member Services page.
Board of Directors
Following is a list of your elected Board of Directors and their email contact information
Cheryl Thomas, Chair
Sherry Buttrey, Co Vice-Chair
Ed Machuk, Co Vice-Chair
Cindy Iverson, Director
Trent Myck, Director
Terry Hutchinson, Director
Ed Lang, Director