Residential Electricity Rates

If you’re a residential or small business customer that pays Time-of-Use (TOU) electricity prices, you can choose to switch to Tiered* prices. 

If you want to continue paying TOU prices, no action is required. If you would like to learn more about your pricing options, visit www.oeb.ca/choice

To switch from TOU to Tiered prices, you can notify us by completing an election form or by contacting us at (519) 661-5503, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.

You may wish to continue paying TOU prices for your electricity. In that case, no action is required.

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Bar graph of time-of-use and tier electricity rate pricing comparison.

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About TOU Pricing

With TOU prices, the price depends on when you use electricity. You can help manage your electricity costs by shifting your usage to lower price periods when possible.

There are three TOU periods:

  • Off-peak: When demand for electricity is lowest. Ontario households use most of their electricity – nearly two thirds of it – during off-peak hours.
  • Mid-peak: When demand for electricity is moderate. These periods are during the daytime, but not the busiest times of day.
  • On-peak: When demand for electricity is generally higher. These are the busier times of day - generally when people are cooking, starting up their computers and running heaters or air conditioners.

People use electricity differently depending on the season, so the TOU price periods are different in the winter than they are in the summer.

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TOU graphic
About Tiered Pricing

With Tiered prices, you can use a certain amount of electricity each month at a lower price. Once that limit (called a threshold) is exceeded, a higher price applies. For residential customers, the threshold normally changes with the season to reflect changing usage patterns – for example, there are fewer hours of daylight in the winter and some customers use electric heating.

In the winter period (November 1 – April 30), the Tier threshold for residential customers is 1,000 kWh so that households can use more power at the lower price. In the summer period (May 1 – October 31), the Tier threshold for residential customers is 600 kWh. 

For small business customers, the Tier threshold is 750 kWh all year round. 

Tiered prices give you the flexibility to use electricity at any time of day at the same price, although that price will change if you exceed the threshold during the month.

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Tiered pricing breakdown

 

Sunday 9:44AM

Currently Mid-Peak

Off-Peak
7PM - 7AM
8.2¢/kWh
Mid-Peak
7AM - 11AM • 5PM - 7PM
11.3¢/kWh
On-Peak
11AM - 5PM
17¢/kWh

Tiered Pricing is broken down into set amounts of electricity that may be used at a specific rate; once this set amount is exceeded, the rate changes to a more expensive tier. Tiered pricing is generally updated annually on May 1 and November 1. As of May 1, 2021, Tiered prices for residential customers are:

First Tier - Up to 600 kWh

 

Second Tier - More than 600 kWh

9.8 cents per kWh

11.5 cents per kWh

Tiered prices for non-residential customers are:

First Tier - Up to 750 kWh

 

Second Tier - More than 750 kWh

9.8 cents per kWh

11.5 cents per kWh

  

Residential Electricity Rates, Effective May 1, 2021 - Breakdown of Charges

 

Breakdown of Charges

Rates Effective May 1, 2021

Electricity price (TOU or Tier) 

On-Peak Rate

per kWh

$0.170

Mid-Peak Rate

per kWh

$0.113

Off-Peak Rate

per kWh

$0.082

First Tier per kWh $0.098
Second Tier per kWh $0.115

Delivery

Fixed Monthly Charge

per month

$26.29

IESO Smart Metering Entity Charge

per month

$0.57

Distribution Volumetric Rate Riders**** per kWh $(0.0002)

Network Charge*

per kWh

$0.0085

Connection Charge*

per kWh

$0.0063

Adjustment Factor Charge***

per kWh

kWh x 0.0315 x Electricity Rate

Regulatory

Wholesale Market Service Charge*

per kWh

$0.0030

Capacity Based Recovery per kWh $0.0004

Rural Rate Protection Charge*

per kWh

$0.0005

Government

Administration Charge**

per month

$0.25

HST

per bill

13%
Ontario Electricity Rebate per bill (18.9%)

*In calculating your bill, your consumption amount will be adjusted to account for heat loss. When electricity is delivered over a power line, it is normal for a small amount of power to be consumed or lost as heat. Equipment such as wires and transformers consume power before it gets to your home or business. The adjustment factor accounts for these losses.


** Monthly Administration charge applies to non-retailer affiliated customers only.


***Adjustment Factor Charge is kWh x 0.0315 x Electricity Rate. For Example: 200kWh x 0.0315 Adjustment Factor x Electricity Rate = 6.3 kWh x $0.128/kWh = $0.806.

 

****Volumetric Rate Riders include the following: Rate Rider for Disposition of Deferral/Variance Accounts $(0.0005); Rate Rider for Disposition of Lost Revenue Adjustment Mechanism Variance Account $0.0005; Rate Rider for Disposition of Capacity Based Recovery Account $(0.0002)

 

***Volumetric Rate Riders would include the Rate Rider for Disposition of Global Adjustment of $0.0045/kWh for those customers who do not pay Regulated Price Plan prices.