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What You Should Know About Energy Contracts
Your rights and obligations in several jurisdictions.
Important Note: Please, be aware of whether or not you are already in a contract. If you are, your utility bill will show the company name. If you sign a second contract, you will be charged a termination fee by one of the companies. The company you originally had a contract with can either.
As of January 2011 there are new energy consumer protection rules in Ontario.
If a door to door agent comes to your door, they must:
If you sign a contract for natural gas or electricity, and it was signed with a door-to-door agent or in response to telemarketing, it must be reaffirmed. The contract does not need to be reaffirmed if the contract was signed over the internet, or in response to direct mail, or was initiated by you. The rules that apply to reaffirmation are as follows:
Renewal and Extension of Contracts
These rules apply to contracts signed before OR after Jan 1, 2011.
A renewal package must be sent to you between 120 and 60 days before your contract ends.
The package must include the renewed contract, a renewal form, two copies of the OEB approved Disclosure Statements and two copies of the Price Comparison.
Electricity contracts cannot be automatically renewed or extended so you do not need to respond to a renewal package if you choose not to.
If you do not respond to a renewal offer for a GAS contract, it can be automaticallly renewed under certain conditions.
Internet contracts are seldom cancellable since you initiated the transaction. Before you purchase an Internet contract, you must be able to view and obtain a copy of the contract. You must be able to correct errors immediately before you enter into the contract; you must be given the opportunity to accept or decline the contract; and you must be able to retain and print the completed contract.
Energy marketers may sell or renew an energy contract over the telephone. The marketer is required to tell you the price you will pay for energy and to inform you of the contract terms and conditions. To agree to the terms and conditions and energy price, you will be asked to give your voice consent to the telephone contract, which will be recorded. The marketer must send a written copy to you. You can cancel a telephone marketing contract without cost or penalty up to 60 days after the first billing statement.
Door to Door Sales
Energy marketer sales staff must:
Automatic Renewal of an Energy Contract