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.
Off-Peak (7PM to 7AM) Weekdays, all day Weekends and Holidays
Mid-Peak (11AM to 5PM) Weekdays
On-Peak (7AM to 11AM and 5PM to 7PM) Weekdays
Tiered Pricing (Winter Period)
Tier 1- Residential- first 1,000 kWh/month Non-Residential- first 750 kWh/month
Tier 2- Residential- for electricity used above 1,000 kWh/month Non-Residential- for electricity used above 750 kWh/month
Monthly Service Charge
Smart Meter Entity Charge
Volumetric Charge (RPP)
Volumetric Charge (non-RPP)
Line and Transformation Connection Service
Total Loss Factor (Secondary)
Total Loss Factor (Primary)
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).