Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What can I do if I have trouble paying my electricity bill?
The Government of the Northwest Territories' Income Assistance Program may be able to help. For information on how the program may assist in meeting your needs, please visit https://www.ece.gov.nt.ca/en/services/income-security-programs/income-assistance.
What options do I have for paying my bill?
NTPC has a number of convenient options for customers to pay their bills.
E-Billing: With the E-billing option, you will receive an email advising you when your utility bill is ready to view and pay. You would no longer receive a paper bill through the mail, helping to reduce your environmental footprint. Avoid mail delays with E-billing.
Pre-Authorized Payment: With the Pre-Authorized Payment Plan (EFT), your monthly utility bill payment is automatically withdrawn from your bank account or credit card on the billing due date. You never have to worry about missing a payment, making a late payment or needing to make payment arrangements when you are away from home.
In Person Payment:
- In person at your local NTPC office or power plant. We are also available via phone during our regular office hours
- In person at your local Co-op or Northern Store
- Through your bank, either in person, by telephone or through internet banking
- By mailing your payment to your local regional office or NTPC's head office
Budget Billing: With the Budget Billing Plan, residential customers will have their annual power costs averaged into 11 equal monthly bills with a settle up bill produced in June. This provides consistency and predictability to help you plan your monthly budget.
How do I check my current bill?
Locate your Account Number on a recent NTPC invoice and go to MyNTPC at the top of your screen. Enter your password. Choose Bills from the top menu, and click on the most recent one at the top of the list.
How do I change my password?
Choose preferences from the top menu. You can change your password, your billing address and your email here. If you have more than one account you can create a connection here.
Terms of Service
How do I go about establishing a New Account? - Section 4.1
To set up an account with NTPC you need to sign a Customer Service Order, which lists your address. You will required to pay a security deposit or provide a letter of good credit history for the last 12 months from a utility service. See Schedule C for Connection Fees and Security Deposits.
Why can't I get an account in my name? - Section 4.5 & 5.2
There may be several reasons why an account cannot be created for you. However, if you have not paid your bills in the past, you will need to settle all your old accounts, sign a Customer Service Order and pay a deposit before service in your name can be reconnected.
Why should I have to pay a security deposit and how much is it? - Section 5.7 & 5.8
The security deposit is accepted as a guarantee your NTPC account will be paid monthly. For Residential customers, the amount of the deposit is $300. Business users are charged a deposit equal to the two highest month's estimated service.
How is the basic charge on my bill determined? - Schedule C
The basic charge is the amount on your monthly bill that relates to the cost of poles and lines to bring electricity to your home or business. Residential customers are charged $18, businesses are charged $40.
How do I know what my electricity rate is for my community?
Service categories covered on this website include Residential and Business. To locate your residential rate choose your community under Customer Service Residential -> What's My Power Rate? For business rates in your community, choose your community under Customer Service -> Business Service -> Business Rates?
For information on Government, General Service and Industrial rates, please contact our Customer Care Team at 1-855-575-6872.
Why does NTPC have to estimate my read? - Section 12.0
NTPC must be able to access your meter at all times. If NTPC is unable to read your meter due to weather, locked doors, vandalized equipment or equipment failure, NTPC will estimate your use. You must pay the amount billed, and any necessary adjustments will be made to the next invoice as soon as the meter can be read.
Why does my bill have a late charge on it? - Section 12.3 & 12.2 & 12.6
All invoices must be fully paid on time. Any adjustments for over-billing or under-billing will only be made on the invoice following discovery of the error. All accounts are due within 21 days of issue. Whether or not a customer receives the invoice, the amount for that month is due and late charges are applied when payment is overdue.
What do I do when I don't receive a power bill? - Section 12.3
Accounts are due as noted in Item 7. If you do not receive a bill for some reason, to avoid late payment charges, use your NTPC account number to check your invoice amount online, or call 1-855-575-6872 to find out what you owe, and pay the amount as soon as possible.
How do I get my security deposit back? - Section 5.9 & 5.10
Security deposits are held by NTPC and earn interest at the bank's daily interest savings rate at the end of each month. Security deposits may be applied to the customer's account after one year of good credit history, or when the customer cancels service.
Why did I receive a disconnect notice? - Section 16.3
If your monthly invoice is not paid within 28 days of the invoice date, NTPC may issue a 48-hour notice of disconnection. If accounts are not paid within that 48-hour period, service will be disconnected. Service may only be reconnected once all arrears, a new security deposit and any interest/fees are paid in full. As an alternative, in winter, NTPC may install a device to limit the amount of power delivered to the residence or business.
What is a rate rider?
A rate rider is a temporary, additional rate on your bill, separate from the basic rates. Rate riders are intended to recover costs or refund money for something that is temporary, or caused by factors outside of NTPC's control.
What is a GRA?
GRA stands for General Rate Application. It's the process by which NTPC applies to the Public Utilities Board to change how much customer pay for power or make other changes to the way NTPC conducts business.
Why is the NWT stabilization rate rider territory-wide?
As part of the GNWT's review on power rates, regulation and subsidies in 2011/12, it was decided to eliminate community based rates and create rate zones. As part of this process, NTPC was also directed to create a single, territory-wide stabilization fund. Having a larger, territory-wide stabilization fund means that riders are less frequent and smaller.