New Winter Electricity Prices Take Effect on November 1st

Time-of-Use Prices - November 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) has released Ontario’s winter electricity prices that will take effect from November 1, 2013 to April 30, 2014 under the Regulated Price Plan (RPP). Time-of-Use (TOU) prices beginning November 1, 2013 will be:

  • Off-peak Price (from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weekdays and all day weekends and holidays): 7.2 cents per kWh
  • Mid-peak Price (from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays): 10.9 cents per kWh
  • On-peak Price (from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays): 12.9 cents per kWh

For those consumers on TOU pricing, the increase is approximately 3% on the total bill per month, or $4.00 per month based on an average usage of 800 kWh.

The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) sets the province’s prices for electricity under the Regulated Price Plan (RPP)* and develops daily and seasonal Time-of-Use periods. With TOU rates, prices vary based on when electricity is used. That includes by time of day, by the day of the week (weekdays versus weekends), and by season (winter or summer).

The difference between the winter and summer periods reflects differences in consumer habits. In winter, less daylight means electricity use peaks twice: once in the morning when people wake up and turn on their lights and appliances (7 to 11 am), then again when people get home from work (5 to 7 pm). 

These rates appear on the ‘Electricity’ line of residential and small business customer bills. Electricity prices make up about 50% of the total average household bill. Although Burlington Hydro delivers the electricity to your home and maintains the city's electricity grid, only 22% of your total bill is paid to and controlled by Burlington Hydro.

Find out more information from the Ontario Energy Board website.

*TOU prices do not apply to electricity customers on a fixed-term contract with an electricity retailer, or for those who are still on the old pricing system known as tiered pricing. For tiered pricing, customers using up to 1,000 kWh/month will pay 8.3 cents/kWh – everything over that threshold will cost 9.7 cents/kWh.