EPCOR, formerly known as Edmonton Power, is a utility company based in Edmonton, Alberta, which generates and supplies electricity in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and several U.S. States (through acquisition of EPCOR Power L.P.). Additionally, EPCOR manages numerous municipal water and wastewater treatment facilities throughout Alberta and British Columbia, as well as the installation and maintenance of street lighting and traffic signals in the City of Edmonton.
Created in 1970, the company history dates back to Edmonton Electric Lighting and Power Company formed in 1891. The name EPCOR was introduced in 2001. The City of Edmonton is EPCOR's sole shareholder. EPCOR Power L.P. offers shares on the TSX.
EPCOR operates five power generating facilities within the province of Alberta. The facilities generate electricity using multiple sources such as coal, gas, hydroelectric, and wind. The Genesee coal plants are the largest generation facility owned by EPCOR within Alberta. Genesee phase 3 is stated as the most technologically advanced coal-fired plant built in Canada. The Rossdale Generating Station, the oldest EPCOR facility in Alberta, is located in downtown Edmonton. The Rossdale facility is planned to be decommissioned in 2009, pending the completion of a transmission line to provide backup power supply to Edmonton's downtown core.
EPCOR has been named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers eight years in a row, as published in Maclean's magazine. EPCOR most recently received this honour in 2008. The only combined water and electricity utility to receive this honour. EPCOR was named one of Canada's Top 10 Earth Friendly Employers in 2008.
EPCOR is one of three major electrical utilities in Alberta: