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NOTICE: Time of Use Electricity Rates

The Government of Ontario introduced a fixed electricity price, known as the COVID-19 Recovery Rate, of 12.8 cents per kilowatt-hour as of June 1st, 2020. This new rate applies to all customers who are billed on TOU pricing (including residential customers, farmers, and small businesses) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The fixed electricity price will be in place from June 1-October 31, 2020. For more information, visit our COVID-19 Updates page.

For more information visit our COVID-19 Updates page

Time-of-Use Pricing (Winter Period)

Off-Peak (7PM to 7AM) Weekdays, all day Weekends and Holidays$0.128/kWh
Mid-Peak (11AM to 5PM) Weekdays$0.128/kWh
On-Peak (7AM to 11AM and 5PM to 7PM) Weekdays$0.128/kWh

Service Charges

Monthly Service Charge$27.93/month
Smart Meter Entity Charge$0.5700/month
Volumetric Charge (RPP)$0.0035/kWh
Volumetric Charge (non-RPP)$0.0035/kWh
Network Service$0.0065/kWh
Line and Transformation Connection Service$0.0043/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

NOTICE: Global Adjustment Charges

The Ontario Government as implemented an Emergency Order to defer a portion of Global Adjustment charges for industrial and commercial electricity consumers that do not participate in the Regulated Price Plan (RPP), starting from April 2020. The GA Rate for smaller industrial and commercial consumers (i.e. Class B) has been set at $115 per megawatt-hour, which is roughly in line with the March 2020 value. Large industrial and commercial consumers (i.e. Class A) will receive the same percentage reduction in Global Adjustment charges as Class B consumers. These will be in effect until the end of June 2020, subject to necessary extensions and approvals.

General Service GS < 50kW

Monthly Service Charge$37.22/month
Smart Meter Entity Charge$0.5700/month
Volumetric Charge (RPP)$0.0157/kWh
Volumetric Charge (non-RPP)$0.0157/kWh
Network Service$0.0055/kWh
Line and Transformation Connection Service$0.0042/kWh

General Service 50 to 4,999 kW Non-Interval

Monthly Service Charge$235.83/month
Volumetric Charge (RPP)$3.7267/kW
Volumetric Charge (non-RPP)$3.7267/kW
Network Service$2.3069/kW
Line and Transformation Connection Service$1.6690/kW

General Service 50 to 4,999 kW Interval

Monthly Service Charge$235.83/month
Volumetric Charge (RPP)$3.7267/kW
Volumetric Charge (non-RPP)$3.7267/kW
Network Service$2.8418/kW
Line and Transformation Connection Service$1.8507/kW

Embedded Distributor 

Monthly Service Charge$557.43/month
Volumetric Charge (RPP)$1.234/kW
Volumetric Charge (non-RPP)$1.234/kW
Network Service
Line and Transformation Connection Service

Unmetered Scattered Load

Monthly Service Charge$8.93/month
Volumetric Charge (RPP)$0.0312/kWh
Volumetric Charge (non-RPP)$0.0312/kWh
Network Service$0.0055/kWh
Line and Transformation Connection Service$0.0042/kWh

Sentinel Lights

Monthly Service Charge per connection$3.17/connection
Volumetric Charge (RPP)$10.0927/kW
Volumetric Charge (non-RPP)$10.0927/kW
Network Service$1.7761/kW
Line and Transformation Connection Service$1.2722/kW

Street Lights

Monthly Service Charge per connection$3.31/connection
Volumetric Charge (RPP)$9.9735/kW
Volumetric Charge (non-RPP)$9.9735/kW
Network Service$1.7512/kW
Line and Transformation Connection Service$1.2640/kW

Applicable to all Rate Classes

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

microFIT Generator Service Charge$ 5.40
Transformer allowances$(0.60)/kW
Primary Metering Allowances(1.00)%

Specific Service Charges

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 – after regular hours$30.00
Service call – customer owned equipment$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$43.63