||The Rural Electric Program commenced in 1947. It is a cost-sharing program, which helps defray the high cost of electrical service to farmers.
The Rural Electric Program assists farmers to access a basic, essential service at a reasonable cost and aids in the diversification of our rural economy. It also provides partial equity with other Albertans living in urban areas as well as those living in other western provinces that benefit from lower hook-up costs and power rates sponsored by their provincial governments through Crown corporations.
Grant assistance is provided to farmers through the Alberta Federation of REAs website or by phone at 780-417-3396 or toll free at 1(877) 717 - 3496 (in Alberta only).
The intent of the program is to assist in the cost of conveying electricity for farm purposes, and in this respect, “farm” status is determined by possession of an Alberta Farm Fuel Benefit (AFFB) Number. For information on, or to make application for, an AFFB number you can call toll free 310-0000, then 780-422-9167.
Grants can be advanced up to a year from when the service is completed, giving you an opportunity to obtain an AFFB number if you feel you may be eligible. The application should be submitted so that we can follow up directly with you to provide a deadline for submission of the AFFB number.
Annual Return Requirements
- Officers List (downloadable PDF format - 101K or downloadable Word format - 39K) – Annual meeting report and
Alberta Federation of REAs