Residential customers not in fixed price contracts are on the Regulated Price Plan (RPP):
Most Ontario homes now have a Smart Meter and pay Time of Use (TOU) rates:
¢ / kWh
|On Peak||Mid Peak||Off Peak|
Residential and Small Business customers can submit a request to switch from Time-of-Use to Tiered Pricing for electricity usage. Use the Ontario Energy Board bill calculator to see what your total bill would look like with Time-of-Use and Tiered prices
¢ / kWh
|8.7||up to 1000 kWh/month for Residential and 750 kWh/month for non Residential then||10.3|
These prices are set for 6 month periods, May 1st and November 1st, but if the utility has to pay more or less for electricity, the difference will be built into the next price change through the RPP Variance Settlement. The RPP includes the Global Adjustment.
Make sure you read the contracts, in particular the Price clause. There are two types of offers:
The term "green power" refers to electricity created from renewable sources, such as solar, wind, geothermal, some hydropower, and biomass. "Brown power" refers to power generated using traditional fossil fuels and nuclear energy.
|Cost Component||Example Charge||Reason for the Cost|
|Customer Charge||$7 - 20 / month||The fixed monthly cost of having basic service from the utility|
|Distribution Charge||1.4¢ / kWh||Construction and maintenance of the local system|
|Transmission Charge||1.0¢ / kWh||Getting the electricity from the generating station to your utility|
|System Operation and Regulation||0.6¢ / kWh||The organizations that oversee electricity (OEB / IESO)|
|Energy Charge (commodity)||10.5 to 21.7 ¢ / kWh||The electricity itself. This is the deregulated portion. This is a weighted estimate of the RPP Price. It includes the Global Adjustment.|
|Global Adjustment (formerly called Provincial Benefit)||? / kWh||If you opt for a contract, this will be an additional line item. If you stay on the regulated price plan it's included in the commodity rate. It covers contracts signed by the government for generation and wind and solar projects.|
Marketer prices only cover the electricity supply cost. The other charges, Transmission, Debt Retirement, System Operation and Global Adjustment, will be charged by your utility at the regulated rate regardless of who you choose as your electricity supplier.
It's very difficult for several reasons. If you stay with your utility, you will pay the average spot market price over the first year, based on the Net System Load Shape (NSLS) for your utility. The NSLS is the profile (hourly use through the year) of the total of all electricity users in your utility purchasing from the utility, who do not have an interval meter. The spot market changes every hour. That has to be compared to a fixed rate, fixed term contract.
You have 2 fundamental choices; to stay with the utility and pay a variable rate, or go with a deregulated energy marketer. You'll see fixed or variable contracts, terms between 1 and 5 years and possibly other incentives such as air miles or a free month of electricity. This decision depends on your budget, and whether you expect electricity prices to go up or down.
In Ontario, the Ontario Energy Board regulates utility rates. Utilities can't offer fixed contracts; only marketers can. The utility will charge a set rate for a 6 month period, a rate called the Regulated Price Plan RPP. As a residential consumer you can opt out of the RPP and pay the monthly spot price instead. Or you can sign a longer term contract with a marketer. The reason you would sign a contract would be to avoid regulated rate changes in the future.
If you sign an electricity contract in Ontario you will be subject to RPP Settlement. The regulated price plan, which you were on, is mean to smooth out the volatile market rates by setting the price for 6 months. However, if market prices are higher (or lower) than the RPP rate a variance account accumulates. When you leave the RPP for a contract, you will be charge for, or credited with, your portion of that account.
The Ontario Energy Board offer programs to help low-income customers with their electricity bills. One of them is the Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP). It provides monthly on-bill credits for low-income customers to reduce their electricity bills:
|An explanation of retail energy contracts||Deregulated electricity market info|
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