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Lethbridge College, established in 1957, was the first publicly funded college in Canada.

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Utilities

The City of Lethbridge’s Utility Services department provides a stable and robust infrastructure for residential, commercial and industrial uses. If you require additional information to grow or expand your business, Economic Development Lethbridge would be happy to facilitate connectivity with the appropriate municipal department to discuss cost structure, specific site requirements and regulatory framework. Contact us at 403-331-0022 or email heather@chooselethbridge.ca.

Electricity

As an important hub in Alberta’s electrical transmission network, Lethbridge offers one of the most stable electrical transmission, distribution and service facilities in Western Canada. We have one of the lowest distribution tariffs in Alberta. New transmission lines are coming online that will allow for further development of renewable energy sources. Connections to the U.S. market through the Montana-Alberta Transmission Line (MATL) will further support and integrate the continental electrical grid.

Within the city, the City of Lethbridge builds, operates and maintains all transmission, distribution and service facilities to the point of delivery. The customer is responsible for all downstream electrical facilities and equipment.

In Alberta, customers have a choice of electricity supplier. This means that customers can purchase the Regulated Rate Option (RRO) from the City of Lethbridge or from an alternate supplier. The RRO offers residential and small business consumers (under 250,000 Kwh per year) the opportunity to receive electricity at a regulated rate. More information on how Alberta’s electric system works is available at from the office of Utilities Consumer Advocate at www.ucahelps.gov.ab.ca.

Natural Gas

Alberta’s history is built on the exploration and development of clean burning natural gas. An ample and stable supply with a deregulated market has kept gas prices lower. More information on Alberta’s natural gas system is available from the Utilities Consumer Advocate website at www.ucahelps.gov.ab.ca.

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International Utility Cost Comparison
  Natural Gas Costs US$/CCF7 (100 ft3) Rank8 Electricity Costs Per kWh ($US) Rank8 Total Utility Costs1 Rank8
North America
Lethbridge $31 $0.42 1 $231 13.65¢ 5 $262 3
Canada 48 0.65 3 176 10.40 2 224 2
US 43 0.59 2 148 8.74 1 192 1
Europe                
France 137 1.87 8 208 12.28 4 345 5
Germany 150 2.04 10 310 18.29 8 460 9
Italy 140 1.90 9 366 21.55 10 505 10
Netherlands 135 1.83 7 207 12.21 3 342 4
UK 109 1.49 5 259 15.28 7 369 7
Asia Pacific                
Australia 98 1.34 4 345 20.36 9 444 8
Japan 120 1.63 6 243 14.35 6 363 6

Notes

1. Cost figures are shown in current US thousand dollars. 
2. Annual energy requirements have been developed based on actual firm and industry average data during the process of defining the standard operating parameters for each business operation.
3. Average for 12 manufacturing operations included in the overall results. Utility costs have not been analyzed for non-manufacturing operations. For each facility the utility requirements are assumed to be identical for each operation.
4. Equals 2.83 m3 or 29.87 gJ.
5. Ranking is based solely on the reported results of the locations listed in this comparison.  This rank does not reflect the overall ranking of this category based on the competitive study as a whole.

 

Sources

Competitive Alternatives: KPMG's Guide to International Business Location, 2014 Edition

 

Solid Waste and Recycling

Lethbridge is concerned about dealing with solid wastes. Non-hazardous waste can be hauled to the Lethbridge Regional Landfill, a licensed Class II landfill located approximately 10 kilometres from the industrial area, directly north on 43rd Street. Waste accepted by the Regional Landfill includes solid, semi-solid and contained fluid material.

Lethbridge has made great strides in encouraging recycling.

There are number of local contractors that deal with containerized collection services.

Stormwater

The City of Lethbridge enjoys the benefits of separate wastewater and stormwater systems. Storm water management is legislated in Alberta by the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.

Telecommunications

Worry-free and uninterrupted telecommunications capability provides businesses in and around Lethbridge with access to the world. Major wired, wireless and satellite carriers allow for the free movement of data. 

Wastewater

The City of Lethbridge owns and operates a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant. This plant provides full secondary treatment that exceeds Government of Alberta guidelines for downstream water quality. Wastewater effluent is also disinfected with ultraviolet light. The plant has the capacity to treat 49,000 cubic metres per day and currently treats approximately 14 million cubic metres per year.

  • Residential rates are based on average water consumption during winter months
  • Commercial rates are based on water consumption
  • Industrial rates are based on wastewater characteristics and mass loading

 View the City of Lethbridge Water and Wastewater bylaw (pdf).
Contact the City of Lethbridge Utilities department at 320-3111 or email Doug Kaupp at dkaupp@lethbridge.ca for more detailed information.

Water

The City of Lethbridge has a modern water treatment plant and water distribution system with surface water allocations to meet City growth well into the future. The City of Lethbridge Water Treatment Plant has a capacity of 150 million litres per day.  Currently, the peak daily water demand on the plant is about 80% of the design capacity. Lethbridge drinking water consistently exceeds Federal and Provincial regulatory requirements due to filter performance providing less than 0.1 NTU of turbidity, and the combination of ultraviolet and chloramines disinfection.  Lethbridge uses a declining block structure for commercial charges.

To learn more about water and water management in the South Saskatchewan River Basin visit the Government of Alberta, Ministry of the Enviroment


Economic Development Lethbridge
308 Stafford Drive South
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada   T1J 2L1

Phone: (403) 331-0022
Fax: (403) 331-0202
Toll Free: 1-800-332-1801

E-Mail: info@chooselethbridge.ca

Investment Inquiries Contact:
Heather McIntosh-Rivera, Director
Business Development & Operations

Phone: (403) 331-0022
E-Mail: heather@chooselethbridge.ca

Convention & Events Contact:
Kerry Lowe, Vice President
Convention Development & Partnerships

Phone: (403) 331-0022
E-Mail: kerry@chooselethbridge.ca

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