Electrical

The City of New Westminster Electrical Department runs the oldest continuously - operating electrical utility in British Columbia. Initially referred to as the Light Department, the City began generating electricity for streetlights in 1891. Today the Electrical Department distributes electricity to 28,000 residential customers and 3,000 commercial/business customers.


Reporting a Power Outage

If you are experiencing a power outage during regular business hours (Mon - Fri, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm) please call 604-515-3750.

If you are experiencing a power outage after regular business hours (4:00 pm - 8:00 am) and weekends please call 604-526-8875.

For all non-emergency reports including street light outages, please call 604-515-3750 or let us know through our See Click Fix app.

  • Residential accounts billed every two months and commercial accounts billed every month.

    A 21 day due date is printed on each utility bill at the time of printing. If the bill is not paid before the due date it becomes overdue and a reminder notice is printed to advise the customer of the overdue amount. A second reminder notice is printed 10 days later if the account is still unpaid.  If the account remains unpaid 7 days after the second reminder notice, a disconnection notice is printed and delivered and the service is subsequently disconnected. Once disconnected, the service will be reconnected only if the account is paid in full, plus the appropriate reconnection charge.

    In an effort to assist customers who may be going to be away for an extended period of time or who may otherwise be unable to manage payment of their bills, we encourage them to have their bills sent to an alternate contact person. Often this alternate contact person is a relative who ensure that all Utility bills are paid on time. Less often it is the Public Trustee who has taken on the management of the financial affairs of a customer.

    bill payment options

    To make paying your bill as easy as possible the following options are available:

    By mail or in person at:

    New Westminster City Hall
    511 Royal Avenue
    Monday 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
    Tuesday to Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

    Queensborough Community Centre
    920 Ewen Avenue
    Monday - Thursday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
    Friday 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

    Centennial Community Centre
    E. Sixth Avenue
    Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
    Friday, 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Weekends, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

    Century House
    620 Eighth Street
    (July - Aug) Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Thursdays open to 9:00 pm
    (September - June) Weekdays, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Saturday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Sunday, 12:00 - 4:00 pm

     


    Through your online bank. Please contact your bank or financial institution with your account number.

    By pre-authorized Electric Utility Payment

    For billing inquiries, please call 604-527-4555.

  • Applying or cancelling service can be made online, by phone, or mail.

    Online Application to start electrical service

    Online Application to terminate electrical service

    Our phone number is 604-527-4555

    A refundable security deposit is required from each new Commercial customer in the amount of three times an average monthly bill for electrical service at the premise.

     

  • The New Westminster City Council approved the Net Metering Rate 500 on June 13, 2016, allowing residential and commercial customers enrolled in the Net Metering Program to be credited for electricity they produce.

    The Electric Utility has defined net metering as the metering and billing practice that allows for the flow of electricity both to and from a customer through a bidirectional meter(net –meter). Residential and Commercial customers can offset part or all of their own electrical requirements up to 50kW through generating their own clean energy and selling it back to the Electric Utility.

    Based on our experience to date, small electricity generators are usually solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, run of river or wind.  New West Electric will credit customers for net energy they produce at their existing retail rate.

    If you need more information please contact:

    Mail:
    New Westminster Electric Utility Net Metering 905 First Street
    New Westminster BC
    V3L 2J1

    Phone:
    604-527-4528

    For your information

    • Engineering consultants, contractors and home owners are encouraged to check the location of electrical utility components so details may be included on their drawings. Plans may be submitted by mail to:

      905 First Street
      New Westminster, BC
      V3L 2J1

      Or call: Phone: 604-527-4528.

    • Engineering consultants, contractors and home owners are urged to check the location of electrical utility components so details may be included on their drawings. Plans may be submitted by mail to:

      905 First Street
      New Westminster, BC V3L 2J1

      Enquiries:
      Phone: 604-527-4528
      Fax: 604-525-3713.

       

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      Contractors must adhere to WorkSafe BC Health and Safety Regulations when working in close proximity to electrical lines. Electrical Design and Engineering should be contacted before any work is done to ensure appropriate safety measures are taken. For further information, please call 604-527-4528.


    • An interactive map showing the City of New Westminster's electrical network.

       
       

      BETA: CNW Electrical Network


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    • Back row (left to right): Jeff Law, Russell Smith, Roderick Carle
      Front row (left to right): Councillor Bill Harper, Don McLelland, Len Kelsey, Lisa Spitale, Mayor Jonathan Coté

      Commission members

      Len Kelsey, Chair
      Don McLelland, Commissioner
      Russell Smith, Commissioner
      Jeff Law, Commissioner

      Staff & Council

      Mayor Jonathan Coté, Commissioner
      Councillor Bill Harper, Commissioner
      Lisa Spitale, Commissioner


      The purpose of the Commission is to provide accountable, effective stewardship and strategic direction tailored to the unique needs of an electric utility operating in a municipal environment consistent with the enterprise’s mandate and objectives. Its purpose is to ensure that the Enterprise is managed in a manner that is sensitive to both the revenue generating, service provision needs and other policies of the City on one hand and the operational and regulatory requirements of the industry on the other. In particular, it is to provide oversight and direction that is industry-knowledgeable to ensure the Utility is appropriately strategically positioned, both in the current industry and in regard to expected developments.