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ELECTRICITY RATES AS OF NOV. 1, 2015.

Regulated Price Plan
Time-of-Use Pricing
  • 17.5 ¢/kWh Highest Price (On-peak)
  • 12.8 ¢/kWh Mid Price (Mid-peak)
  •   8.3 ¢/kWh Lowest Price (Off-peak)

If you are on Time-of-Use rates, your consumption in kilowatt hours (kWhs) is separated into three periods.  Customers will be charged 17.5 cents per kWh in the Highest Price (On-Peak) period, 12.8 cents per kWh in the Mid Price (Mid-Peak) period and 8.3 cents per kWh in the Lowest Price (Off-Peak) period.  View more information about Time-of-Use rates.

Regulated Price Plan Tiered Pricing
  • 9.9 ¢/kWh/first 1,000 kWhs used per 30 days
  • 11.6 ¢/kWh/remaining kWhs

If you are on Regulated Price Plan Tiered Pricing, your consumption in kWhs is separated into two price tiers under the government's Regulated Price Plan.  Customers will be charged one rate for the first 1,000 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.

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.

 

DELIVERY

Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited (Toronto Hydro) received authorization from the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to change its Delivery rates effective May 1, 2015.

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 related to electricity lost or consumed as heat through distributing electricity from equipment such as wires and transformers before it gets to your home.1  Toronto Hydro collects and pays this money to its suppliers. Costs collected for transmission and operating the provincial grid are passed on, without mark-up, to Hydro One.

Approved Delivery Rates:

Transmission Charge3: 1.366 ¢/kWh

This charge covers the costs involved in transmitting electricity from generators to the city. Toronto Hydro passes this cost through to you, without mark-up.

Customer Charge: $18.63 per 30 days 

The Customer Charge, together with the Distribution Charge, covers the costs Toronto Hydro incurs in delivering electricity to your home, building and maintaining the distribution system, administration, and billing.

Distribution Charge3: 1.538 ¢/kWh

The Distribution Charge, together with Customer Charge, covers the costs Toronto Hydro incurs in delivering electricity to your home, building and maintaining the distribution system, administration and billing.

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 recovers costs incurred 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: $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 the 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.

 

REGULATORY CHARGES

Regulatory Charges are the costs of administering the wholesale electricity system and maintaining the reliability of the provincial grid. The Wholesale Market Service charge and OESP charge are 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 Market Service Charge3: 0.49 ¢/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.

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.

Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP) Charge3: 0.11 ¢/kWh
Starting January 1, 2016, the OESP charge is applied to all Ontario customers in proportion to their electricity consumption. The charge is used to fund the Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP), which provides on-bill rate assistance to low-income electricity customers.
Toronto Hydro collects this charge, without mark-up, on behalf of the Independent Electricity System Operator.  

DEBT RETIREMENT CHARGE

As of January 1, 2016, the Debt Retirement Charge (DRC) is no longer applied to residential and qualifying bulk metered multi-unit residential customers4.

You will continue to see the DRC line item on your bill for a period of time, but it will be shown as a zero charge. A message on your bill will indicate the exact amount you will have saved from the removal of the DRC. For more information, visit Ministry of Finance.

 

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)

The OCEB comes to an end after its scheduled five-year term effective December 31, 2015. Established in 2011, it provided a 10% rebate to eligible customers and aimed to help offset the additional costs of transitioning to a cleaner , more modern electricity system, For more information, visit Ontario Ministry of Energy.

In its place, the government has developed the Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP) to help low-income families. Click here for more details.

 

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 11.6 ¢/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 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 NOV. 1, 2015.

Regulated Price Plan Time-of-Use Pricing
    • 17.5 ¢/kWh Highest Price (On-peak)
    • 12.8 ¢/kWh Mid Price (Mid-peak)
    •   8.3 ¢/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 17.5 cents per kWh in the Highest Price (On-Peak) period, 12.8 cents per kWh in the Mid Price (Mid-Peak) period and 8.3 cents per kWh in the Lowest Price (Off-Peak) period.  View more information about Time-of-Use rates.

Regulated Price Plan Tiered Pricing
  • 9.9 ¢/kWh/first 1,000 kWhs used per 30 days
  • 11.6 ¢/kWh/remaining kWhs

If you are on Regulated Price Plan Tiered Pricing, your consumption in kWhs is separated into two price tiers under the government's Regulated Price Plan.  Customers will be charged one rate for the first 1,000 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.

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.
 

DELIVERY

Toronto Hydro-Electric System (Toronto Hydro) received authorization from the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to change the Delivery rates effective May 1, 2015.

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 related to electricity lost or consumed as heat through distributing electricity from equipment such as wires and transformers before it gets to your home.1  Toronto Hydro collects and pays this money to its suppliers. Costs collected for transmission and operating the provincial grid are passed on, without mark-up, to Hydro One.

Approved Delivery Rates:

Transmission Charge3: 1.366 ¢/kWh

The charge covers the costs involved in transmitting electricity from generators to the city. Toronto Hydro passes this cost through to you, without mark-up.

Customer Charge: $17.35 per 30 days

The Customer Charge, together with the Distribution Charge, covers the costs Toronto Hydro incurs in delivering electricity to your home, building and maintaining the distribution system, administration, and billing.

Distribution Charge3: 2.617 ¢/kWh

The Distribution Charge, together with Customer Charge, covers the costs Toronto Hydro incurs in delivering electricity to your home, building and maintaining the distribution system, administration and billing.

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 recovers the costs incurred 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.
 

REGULATORY CHARGES

Regulatory Charges are the costs of administering the wholesale electricity system and maintaining the reliability of the provincial grid. The Wholesale Market Service charge and OESP charge are 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 Market Service Charge3: 0.49 ¢/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.

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.

Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP) Charge3: 0.11 ¢/kWh
Starting January 1, 2016, the OESP charge is applied to all Ontario customers in proportion to their electricity consumption. The charge is used to fund the Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP), which provides on-bill rate assistance to low-income electricity customers.
Toronto Hydro collects this charge, without mark-up, on behalf of the Independent Electricity System Operator.  

DEBT RETIREMENT CHARGE

As of January 1, 2016, the Debt Retirement Charge (DRC) is no longer applied to residential and qualifying bulk metered multi-unit residential customers4.

You will continue to see the DRC line item on your bill for a period of time, but it will be shown as a zero charge. A message on your bill will indicate the exact amount you will have saved from the removal of the DRC. For more information, visit Ministry of Finance.


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)

The OCEB comes to an end after its scheduled five-year term effective December 31, 2015. Established in 2011, it provided a 10% rebate to eligible customers and aimed to help offset the additional costs of transitioning to a cleaner , more modern electricity system, For more information, visit Ontario Ministry of Energy.

In its place, the government has developed the Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP) to help low-income families. Click here for more details.

 

 

1Effective July 1, 2013, Ontario Regulation 405/12 requires electricity distributors to reflect (line loss) charge associated with power that is lost as heat during the delivery of electricity to your home be shown under the “Delivery” sub-heading of bills issued to low-volume consumers2.  Prior to July 1, 2013, this charge was included under the “Electricity” sub-heading of consumers’ bills.  Effective July 1, 2015, this Regulation also applies to low-volume consumers on retailer contacts.

For customers on Time-of-Use (TOU) rates, line loss charge is calculated as:

  • On-Peak losses kWh x 0.0376 x 17.5 ¢/kWh
  • Peak losses kWh x 0.0376 x 12.8 ¢/kWh
  • Off-Peak losses kWh x 0.0376 x 8.3 ¢/kWh 

For customers on RPP Tiered rates, line loss charge is generally calculated as follows:

Winter:  

  • Tier 1 losses kWh x 0.0376 x 9.9 ¢/kWh
  • Tier 2 losses kWh x 0.0376 x 11.6 ¢/kWh

Summer:  

  • Tier 1 losses kWh x 0.0376 x 9.4 ¢/kWh
  • Tier 2 losses kWh x 0.0376 x 11.0 ¢/kWh

[Note:  the above winter/summer line loss charge assumes a 30-day bill and no. of self-contained units=1] Effective July 1, 2015 for low-volume consumers2 on retailer contacts, Ontario Regulation 311/13 requires electricity distributors to reflect (line loss) charge associated with Global Adjustment be shown under the "Delivery" sub-heading of the bill.                                                                                                                   

Example:  Global Adjustment Losses 3.76 kWh x $0.09146 per kWh  

2A low-volume consumer is a consumer who annually uses less than 150,000 kWh of electricity.
 
3Loss Factor Adjustment: 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. The adjustment factor is indicated on your bill and accounts for these losses.

 4Bulk metered multi-unit residential customers will be eligible for a DRC exemption of up to 1,500 kWh per month, multiplied by the number of eligible residential units on the property. Those who have previously applied for the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit and Regulated Price Plan must re-apply as the definition of eligible residential unit has changed.

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