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ELECTRICITY RATES AS OF MAY 1, 2014

Regulated Price Plan Tiered Pricing
  • 8.6 ¢/kWh/first 600 kWhs used per 30 days
  • 10.1 ¢/kWh/remaining kWhs

If you are on Regulated Price Plan Tiered Pricing, your consumption in kilowatt hours (kWhs) is separated into two price tiers under the government's Regulated Price Plan.  Customers will be charged one rate for the first 600 kWhs of use per 30 days, while electricity consumed in excess of this threshold will be priced at a different rate.

The price threshold (the amount of electricity consumption that is charged at the lower price) will change twice a year for residential consumers.  The price threshold will be 1,000 kWhs per 30 days during the winter season (Nov. 1 - Apr. 30) and 600 kWhs during the summer season (May 1 - Oct. 31).  This allows consumers to use more electricity at a lower price in the winter. For more information visit the Ontario Energy Board's website.

Regulated Price Plan Time-of-Use Pricing
  • 13.5 ¢/kWh Highest Price (On-peak)
  • 11.2 ¢/kWh Mid Price (Mid-peak)
  • 7.5 ¢/kWh Lowest Price (Off-peak)


If you are on Time-of-Use rates, your consumption in kWhs is separated into three periods.  Customers will be charged 13.5 cents per kWh in the Highest Price (On-Peak) period, 11.2 cents per kWh in the Mid Price (Mid-Peak) period and 7.5 cents per kWh in the Lowest Price (Off-Peak) period.  View more information about Time-of-Use rates.

Both the Regulated Price Plan (RPP) Tiered Pricing and Time-of-Use Pricing cover the cost of electricity purchased on your behalf. Toronto Hydro passes this cost through to you,
without mark-up and pays it directly to our suppliers.

Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited (Toronto Hydro) received authorization from the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to change its rates effective May 1, 2014.

DELIVERY

These are the costs of delivering electricity from the generator to Toronto Hydro, then to your home or business. These include the costs to build and maintain the transmission and distribution lines, towers and poles and operate provincial and local electricity systems. A portion of these charges are fixed and do not change from month-to-month. Others are variable and increase or decrease depending on the amount of electricity that you use. The delivery charge also includes costs relating to electricity lost or consumed as heat through distributing electricity from equipment such as wires and transformers before it gets to your home. Toronto Hydro collects and pays this money to our suppliers. Costs collected for transmission and operating the provincial grid are passed on, without mark-up, to Hydro One.

Approved Delivery Rates:

Transmission Charge1: 1.366 ¢/kWh

This covers the costs involved in transmitting electricity from generators to the city. Toronto Hydro passes this cost through to you, without mark-up. The decrease in Transmission Charge by -0.002 ¢ per kWh reflects a lower cost of transmission services provided by Hydro One to Toronto Hydro.

Customer Charge: $18.63 per 30 days 

The Customer Charge reflects changes in the costs of providing distribution services by Toronto Hydro. The decrease of -$0.48 is mainly due to the discontinuation of the Smart Meter Rate Rider.

Distribution Charge1: 1.538 ¢/kWh

The Distribution Charge, together with Customer Charge, covers the cost of delivering electricity to your home, building and maintaining the distribution system, administration and billing. The increase in Distribution Charge by 0.017 ¢ per kWh, which is less than overall rate of inflation, reflects the changes in costs of providing distribution services by Toronto Hydro.

Smart Metering Entity Charge Rate Rider: $0.78 per 30 days On March 28, 2013 the Ontario Energy Board approved a Smart Metering Entity Charge to be collected from Residential and General Service < 50 kW customers, on behalf of the Smart Meter Entity (SME). This charge is for work required by the SME to collect, manage, store and retrieve information related to the metering of Residential and General Service <50 kW customers’ electricity usage in Ontario. The charge is effective until October 31, 2018.

Recovery of 2008-2010 Smart Meter Costs Rate Rider (NEW):

$0.08 per 30 days

This is a fixed charge which collects, over 3 years, the difference between amounts that were previously collected through the monthly Smart Meter Charge of $0.68 (per 30 days) applied to all metered customers between 2008-2010, and amount Toronto Hydro was approved by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to collect to fund these smart meters.  This charge is effective until April 30, 2017.

Recovery of Incremental Smart Meter Revenue Requirement Rate Rider (NEW):

$0.67 per 30 days

This is a fixed charge which collects, over 2014, amounts related to smart meter costs in 2014 that are not part of 2014 distribution rates.  This charge is effective until April 30, 2015.

Recovery of Foregone Revenue Rate Rider
  • $0.07 per 30 days
  • 0.005 ¢/kWh

These charges consist of fixed charge of $0.07 per customer per 30 days and variable charge of 0.005 ¢ per kWh. They recover amounts related to annual increases approved under the Ontario Energy Board's Price Cap framework and reflect the costs to operate Toronto Hydro's distribution system during 2012 and 2013. The charges are effective until April 30, 2015.

Recovery of Incremental Capital Module (ICM) Costs Rate Rider
  • $0.73 per 30 days
  • 0.061 ¢/kWh

Recovery of Incremental Capital Module Costs Rate Rider consists of fixed charge of $0.73 per customer per 30 days and variable charge of 0.061 ¢ per kWh. The charges approved by the Ontario Energy Board under their Price Cap framework are for required capital work on Toronto Hydro's system. This work covers replacement of assets that are beyond the end of their useful life, and enhances the safety and stability of Toronto Hydro's distribution system. These charges are effective until April 30, 2015.

Application of Tax Change Rate Rider: (-0.004) ¢/kWh
This credit to customers reflects refunds due to taxes paid by Toronto Hydro over the 2014 period. This credit is effective until April 30, 2015.

REGULATORY CHARGES

Regulatory Charges are the costs of administering the wholesale electricity system and maintaining the reliability of the provincial grid. The Wholesale Operations Charge is collected, without mark-up, by Toronto Hydro and passed on to the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). For more information visit the IESO's website.

Approved Regulatory Rates:

Wholesale Operations Charge1: 0.57 ¢/kWh

This charge covers costs such as market regulation and the management of the system. Toronto Hydro collects this charge, without mark-up, on behalf of the Independent Electricity System Operator. An increase of 0.01¢ per kWh reflects increase in the charges paid to Independent Electricity System Operator.

Standard Supply Service - Administration Charge (if applicable): $0.25 per 30 days

This is an administration charge of $0.25 stated on a 30-day basis. If your billing period is different than 30 days, the RPP administration charge will be prorated accordingly. This is a service charge for customers who have not contracted with an electricity retailer for their energy supply.


DEBT RETIREMENT CHARGE

This charge is to retire the debt of the former Ontario Hydro. Toronto Hydro collects this charge, without mark-up, on behalf of the Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation.

Debt Retirement Charge1: 0.7 ¢/kWh

 

HARMONIZED SALES TAX (HST)

Effective July 1, 2010, Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) of 13% is applied to electricity bills. The implementation of HST is mandated by the Province of Ontario. 

For information on HST, please visit the Ontario Ministry of Revenue's website or call the HST hotline at 1-800-337-7222. 

 

ONTARIO CLEAN ENERGY BENEFIT (OCEB)

Effective January 1, 2011, the Government of Ontario has taken 10% off your electricity bill - including electricity costs, delivery, regulatory charges, debt retirement charge and taxes.

Beginning September 1,2012, The Ontario Clean Energy Benefit takes 10% off the cost of up to 3,000 kWhs per month of electricity use. You will receive the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit on every bill from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2015, as our province continues to build our clean energy future.

Some exceptions apply. For information on the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit, please visit the Ontario Ministry of Energy's website or call 1-888-668-4636.

 

UNMETERED WATER HEATER CHARGE

As of May 1, 2002, flat rate (unmetered) water heater energy usage is billed on an estimated average daily kWh basis. Your estimated usage is determined by the size of your water heater, the wattage of the water heater electric elements and on the number of days in the billing period.

Customers on the Regulated Price Plan will pay 10.1 ¢/kWh. For combined metered and unmetered water heater services on an account, an annual adjustment will occur, to ensure each account receives the maximum eligible kWh under the threshold.

Toronto Hydro will no longer offer this unmetered flat rate billing option for the electricity used by your water heater. Click here for more details.

If you have any questions, please contact us by filling out our online form or speak with one of our Customer Care representatives at 416.542.8000.

 

 

 

Mandated by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB), Toronto Hydro-Electric System limited (Toronto Hydro) implemented this new rate class for suite metered customers. This rate class was created in order to better reflect costs associated with suite meters for this customer group. Please visit Suite Meters for more information.

 CURRENT ELECTRICITY RATES AS OF MAY 1, 2014

Regulated Price Plan Tiered Pricing

  • 8.6 ¢/kWh/first 600 kWhs used per 30 days
  • 10.1 ¢/kWh/remaining kWhs

If you are on Regulated Price Plan Tiered Pricing, your consumption in kilowatt hours (kWhs) is separated into two price tiers under the government's Regulated Price Plan.  Customers will be charged one rate for the first 600 kWhs of use per 30 days, while electricity consumed in excess of this threshold will be priced at a different rate.

The price threshold (the amount of electricity consumption that is charged at the lower price) will change twice a year for residential consumers. It will be 1,000 kWhs per 30 days during the winter season (Nov. 1 - Apr. 30) and 600 kWhs during the summer season (May 1 - Oct. 31).  This allows consumers to use more electricity at a lower price in the winter. For more information visit the Ontario Energy Board's website.

Regulated Price Plan Time-of-Use Pricing
  • 13.5 ¢/kWh Highest Price (On-peak)
  • 11.2 ¢/kWh Mid Price (Mid-peak)
  • 7.5 ¢/kWh Lowest Price (Off-peak)

If you are on Time-of-Use rates, your consumption in kWhs is separated into three periods. Customers will be charged 13.5 cents per kWh in the Highest Price (On-Peak) period, 11.2 cents per kWh in the Mid Price (Mid-Peak) period and 7.5 cents per kWh in the Lowest Price (Off-Peak) period.  View more information about Time-of-Use rates.

Both the Regulated Price Plan (RPP) Tiered Pricing and Time-of-Use Pricing cover the costs of electricity purchased on your behalf. Toronto Hydro passes this cost through to you, without mark-up and pays it directly to our suppliers.

 

Toronto Hydro-Electric System (Toronto Hydro) received authorization from the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to change its rates effective May 1, 2014.

DELIVERY

These are the costs of delivering electricity from the generator to Toronto Hydro, then to your home or business. These include the costs to build and maintain the transmission and distribution lines, towers and poles and operate provincial and local electricity systems. A portion of these charges are fixed and do not change from month-to-month. Others are variable and increase or decrease depending on the amount of electricity that you use. The delivery charge also includes costs relating to electricity lost or consumed as heat through distributing electricity from equipment such as wires and transformers before it gets to your home. Toronto Hydro collects and pays this money to our suppliers. Costs collected for transmission and operating the provincial grid are passed on, without mark-up, to Hydro One.

Approved Delivery Rates:

Transmission Charge1: 1.366 ¢/kWh

This covers the costs involved in transmitting electricity from generators to the city. Toronto Hydro passes this cost through to you, without mark-up. The decrease in Transmission Charge by -0.002 ¢ per kWh reflects a lower cost of transmission services provided by Hydro One to Toronto Hydro.

Customer Charge: $17.35 per 30 days The Customer Charge reflects changes in the costs of providing distribution services by Toronto Hydro. The decrease of -$0.49 is mainly due to the discontinuation of the Smart meter Rate Rider.
Distribution Charge1: 2.617 ¢/kWh
The Distribution Charge, together with Customer Charge, covers the cost of delivering electricity to your home, building and maintaining the distribution system, administration and billing. The increase in Distribution Charge by 0.028 ¢ per kWh, which is less than overall rate of inflation, reflects changes in costs of providing distribution services by Toronto Hydro.
Smart Metering Entity Charge Rate Rider: $0.78 per 30 days

On March 28, 2013 the Ontario Energy Board approved a Smart Metering Entity Charge to be collected from Residential and General Service < 50 kW customers, on behalf of the Smart Meter Entity (SME). This charge is for work required by the SME to collect, manage, store and retrieve information related to the metering of Residential and General Service <50 kW customers’ electricity usage in Ontario. The charge is effective until October 31, 2018.
Recovery of Foregone Revenue Rate Rider:
  • $0.06 per 30 days
  • 0.009 ¢/kWh

These charges consist of fixed charge of $0.06 per customer per 30 days and variable charge of 0.009 ¢ per kWh. They recover amounts related to annual increases approved under the Ontario Energy Board's Price Cap framework and reflect the costs to operate Toronto Hydro's distribution system during 2012 and 2013. The charges are effective until April 30, 2015.

Recovery of Incremental Capital Module (ICM) Costs Rate Rider: 
  • $0.68 per 30 days
  • 0.103 ¢/kWh

2013 Incremental Capital Module Costs Rate Rider consists of fixed charge of $0.68 per customer per 30 days and variable charge of 0.103 ¢ per kWh. The charges approved by the Ontario Energy Board under their Price Cap framework, are for required capital work on Toronto Hydro's system. This work covers replacement of assets that are beyond the end of their useful life, and enhances the safety and stability of Toronto Hydro's distribution system. These charges are effective until April 30, 2015.

Application of Tax Change Rate Rider: (-0.007) ¢/kWh This credit to customers reflects refunds due to taxes paid by Toronto Hydro over the 2014 period. This credit is effective until April 30, 2015.
 

REGULATORY CHARGES

Regulatory Charges are the costs of administering the wholesale electricity system and maintaining the reliability of the provincial grid. The Wholesale Operations Charge is collected, without mark-up, by Toronto Hydro and passed on to the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).

For more information visit the Independent Electricity System Operator’s website. 

Approved Regulatory Rates:

Wholesale Operations Charge1: 0.57 ¢/kWh

This charge covers costs such as market regulation and the management of the system. Toronto Hydro collects this charge, without mark-up, on behalf of the Independent Electricity System Operator. An increase of 0.01 ¢ per kWh reflects increase in the charges paid to Independent Electricity System Operator.

Standard Supply Service - Administration Charge (if applicable): $0.25 per 30 days

This is an administration charge of $0.25 stated on a 30-day basis. If your billing period is different than 30 days, the RPP administration charge will be prorated accordingly.  This is a service charge for customers who have not contracted with an electricity retailer for their energy supply.


DEBT RETIREMENT CHARGE

This charge is to retire the debt of the former Ontario Hydro. Toronto Hydro collects this charge, without mark-up, on behalf of the Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation.

Debt Retirement Charge1: 0.7 ¢/kWh


HARMONIZED SALES TAX (HST)

Effective July 1, 2010, Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) of 13% is applied to electricity bills. The implementation of HST is mandated by the Province of Ontario. 

For information on HST, please visit the Ontario Ministry of Revenue's website or call the HST hotline at 1-800-337-7222. 

 

ONTARIO CLEAN ENERGY BENEFIT (OCEB)

Effective January 1, 2011, the Government of Ontario has taken 10% off your electricity bill - including electricity costs, delivery, regulatory charges, debt retirement charge and taxes.

Beginning September 1,2012, The Ontario Clean Energy Benefit takes 10% off the cost of up to 3,000 kWhs per month of electricity use. You will receive the Ontario Clean Energy benefit on every bill from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2015, as our province continues to build our clean energy future.

Some exceptions apply. For information on the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit, please visit the Ontario Ministry of Energy's website or call 1-888-668-4636.

 

1Adjustment Factor: When electricity is delivered over a power line, it's normal for a small amount of power to be consumed, or lost, as heat. Equipment, such as wires and transformers, consumes power before it gets to your home or business. The adjustment factor is indicated on your bill and accounts for these losses.

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