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Rates

NOTICE: Customer Choice Rates

If you are a residential or small business customer that pays Time-of-Use electricity prices, you can choose to switch to Tiered prices beginning November 1, 2020. To switch from TOU to Tiered prices, you must notify Essex Powerlines Corporation by completing an election form.

For more information visit our Customer Choice Rates page

Ontario Electricity Rebate (OER)

The Ontario Electricity Rebate (OER) is for most households, farms, long-term care homes and small businesses. Eligible consumers automatically receive the rebate, which appears on bills as a separate line item at the bottom of your electricity bill. For more information, visit the Ontario website. The revised Ontario Electricity Rebate starting May 1, 2021 is below.

OER18.9%

If you have a multi-unit complex that uses more than 250,000 kWh/year, it may be eligible to receive the OER. To see if your multi-unit complex is eligible please complete the form below.

Time-of-Use Pricing (Summer Period)

Rates effective as of May 1, 2021

Off-Peak (7PM to 7AM) Weekdays, all day Weekends and Holidays$0.082/kWh
Mid-Peak (7AM to 11AM & 5PM to 7PM) Weekdays$0.113/kWh
On-Peak (11AM to 5PM) Weekdays$0.170/kWh

Tiered Pricing (Summer Period)

Rates effective May 1, 2021

Tier 1- Residential- first 600 kWh/month
Non-Residential- first 750 kWh/month
$0.098/kWh
Tier 2- Residential- for electricity used above 600 kWh/month
Non-Residential- for electricity used above 750 kWh/month
$0.115/kWh
For historical electricity rates, please visit the Ontario Energy Board website.

Residential Rates

Service Charges

Rates effective as of May 1, 2021

Monthly Service Charge$28.02/month
Smart Meter Entity Charge$0.5700/month
Volumetric Charge (RPP)$0.0083/kWh
Volumetric Charge (non-RPP)$(0.0009)/kWh
Network Service$0.0072/kWh
Line and Transformation Connection Service$0.0050/kWh

Loss Factors*

Total Loss Factor (Secondary)1.0355
Total Loss Factor (Primary)1.0251

What is a Loss Factor? 

As of October 1, 2018, your consumption is uplifted by a rate of 1.0355 to account for system losses that occur in the delivery of electricity to your home. For example, if you have used 1,000kWh in a month, this amount would be multiplied by the factor of 1.0355 for a total of 1,035.5kWh of consumption that would form the basis for some of the charges. These losses used to be included in the bundled cost of power. This “Total Loss Factor” is an Ontario Energy Board approved rate. Essex Powerlines pays for losses that occur up to the point electricity comes into our system.

What is a Smart Meter Entity (SME) Charge?

The charge of $0.57 per month covers the costs of the IESO (the designated SME) to collect, manage, and store data of customers electricity use. 

Please note that the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) sets the residential and small business rates for electricity under Ontario’s Regulated Price Plan (RPP). The OEB reviews and adjusts these rates twice a year, when required: in the Summer (May 1) and the Winter (November 1). 


Business/Commercial Rates

General Service GS < 50kW

Rates effective May 1, 2021

Monthly Service Charge$37.77/month
Smart Meter Entity Charge$0.5700/month
Volumetric Charge (RPP)$0.0215/kWh
Volumetric Charge (non-RPP)$0.0123/kWh
Network Service$0.0061/kWh
Line and Transformation Connection Service$0.0049/kWh

General Service 50 to 4,999 kW Non-Interval

Rates effective May 1, 2021

Monthly Service Charge$247.29/month
Volumetric Charge (RPP)$5.4379/kW
Volumetric Charge (non-RPP)$5.4287/kW
Network Service$2.5492/kW
Line and Transformation Connection Service$1.9577/kW

General Service 50 to 4,999 kW Interval

Rates effective May 1, 2021

Monthly Service Charge$247.29/month
Volumetric Charge (RPP)$5.6833/kW
Volumetric Charge (non-RPP)$5.6741/kW
Network Service$3.1402/kW
Line and Transformation Connection Service$2.1709/kW

Embedded Distributor 

Rates effective May 1, 2021

Monthly Service Charge$584.54/month
Volumetric Charge (RPP)$2.1619/kW
Volumetric Charge (non-RPP)$2.1527/kW
Network Service
Line and Transformation Connection Service

Unmetered Scattered Load

Rates effective May 1, 2021

Monthly Service Charge$9.37/month
Volumetric Charge (RPP)$0.0368/kWh
Volumetric Charge (non-RPP)$0.0276/kWh
Network Service$0.0061/kWh
Line and Transformation Connection Service$0.0049/kWh

Sentinel Lights

Rates effective May 1, 2021

Monthly Service Charge per connection$3.33/connection
Volumetric Charge (RPP)$12.4578/kW
Volumetric Charge (non-RPP)$12.4486/kW
Network Service$1.9626/kW
Line and Transformation Connection Service$1.4923/kW

Street Lights

Rates effective May 1, 2021

Monthly Service Charge per connection$3.47/connection
Volumetric Charge (RPP)$12.5196/kW
Volumetric Charge (non-RPP)$12.5104/kW
Network Service$1.9351/kW
Line and Transformation Connection Service$1.4827/kW

Applicable to all Rate Classes

Rates effective May 1, 2021

Wholesale Market Services$0.0039/kWh
SSS Administration Charge$0.25/ connection

Loss Factors

Total Loss Factor (Secondary)1.0355
Total Loss Factor (Primary)1.0251

Other Charges

Rates effective May 1, 2021

microFIT Generator Service Charge$4.55
Transformer allowances$(0.60)/kW
Primary Metering Allowances(1.00)%

Specific Service Charges

Rates effective May 1, 2021

Arrears Certificate$15.00
Statement of Account$15.00
Duplicate invoices for previous billings$15.00
Requests for other billing information$15.00
Easement letter$15.00
Income tax letter$15.00
Account history$15.00
Returned cheque charge (plus bank charges)$15.00
Legal letter charge$15.00
Account set up charge/ charge of occupant (plus credit agency costs if applicable)$30.00
Special meter reads$30.00
Meter dispute charge plus Measurement Canada fees (if meter found correct)$30.00
Late payment – per month1.50%
Late payment – per annum19.56%
Reconnect charge – at meter during regular hours$65.00
Reconnect Charge – at meter after regular hours$185.00
Reconnect Charge at pole – during regular hours$185.00
Reconnect Charge at pole – after regular hours$415.00
Service call – customer owned equipment$30.00
Service call – after regular hours$165.00
Temporary service install & remove – overhead – no transformer$500.00
Temporary service install & remove – underground – no transformer$300.00
Temporary service install & remove – overhead with transformer$1,000.00
Specific charge for access to the power poles- per pole/year (with the exception of wireless attachments) in effect from January 1, 2019$44.50