FortisAlberta will independently review your claim based on FortisAlberta Inc. Customer Terms and Conditions of Electric Distribution Service (including Article 14 – Liability and Indemnity), which state that:
FortisAlberta is responsible for direct property damages resulting from FortisAlberta’s negligence or willful misconduct.
FortisAlberta is not responsible for any loss of profits or revenues, business interruption losses, loss of contract or loss of goodwill, or for any indirect, consequential, incidental or special damages, including but not limited to punitive or exemplary damages. This is consistent with Section 90(4) of the Electric Utilities Act (Alberta).
Further, FortisAlberta is not liable for damage caused by:
Acts of God (e.g. ice, wind, lightning, rain) and animal contacts (e.g. squirrels, birds)
Unforeseen or unexpected equipment failure
Damage to our equipment by other individuals or groups
Motor vehicle or other accidents involving utility poles
The Electric Utilities Act (Alberta) defines “direct loss or damage” in Section 90 of the Act in the following way:
““direct loss or damage” does not include loss of profits, loss of revenue, loss of production, loss of earnings, loss of contract or any other indirect, special or consequential loss or damage whatsoever…”
In other words, direct property damages flow directly and immediately from the event in question, rather than from some of the consequences or results of such event.
It typically takes 60 days to review an individual claim from the time we receive your claim. Once we receive your claim and supporting information and documentation, we commence an investigation to determine the cause of the incident. Every claim is different and requires a specific set of considerations.
If the investigation determines that your damages have resulted from FortisAlberta’s negligence or willful misconduct, you will be paid the lesser of the following two amounts:
The cost to repair the damaged item, or
The value of an item of like kind and quality that has the same amount of wear and tear as the item that was damaged.
Claims are not paid out based on the replacement value.
For example: If you purchased a refrigerator for $1,000 (which typically has a 10-year useful life), and the damage occurred after four years, the amount of compensation would likely be $600 if FortisAlberta was found negligent.
Although every claim and policy is different, we recommend contacting your insurance agent or broker to find out if you are covered for the damage.
There may be benefits to claiming a loss through your personal insurance:
Insurance companies typically pay full replacement value for any damaged items, whereas if FortisAlberta is found negligent, you would be paid the lesser of the cost to repair the damage item or the value of an item of like kind and quality.
FortisAlberta typically requires 60 days to investigate the claim, whereas your insurance company may be able to process your claim quicker.
If you file a claim through your insurance company, they may elect to submit a damage claim against FortisAlberta on your behalf to recover some of the funds that are dispersed to you. If your insurance company’s claim against FortisAlberta is successful, they may reimburse your deductible.
We understand there are circumstances where items may require immediate repair or replacement. You are responsible for paying for any replacements, repairs, or technicians’ bills until a decision has been made on your claim. If you need to replace your items immediately, please keep the damaged equipment until your claim has been processed.
Power Outage Tips
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