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COVID-19 Rate Relief for Large Customers - Ontario Government Issues Emergency Order (EO): Deferral of Global Adjustment Charges

May 19 2020

To provide companies with temporary immediate relief on their electricity bills, the Ontario government implemented an Emergency Order (EO) on Friday, May 1, 2020 that defers a portion of the Global Adjustment (GA) 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 GA charges as Class B consumers.

The government intends to keep this relief in place through the end of June 2020, subject to necessary extensions and approvals.

Industrial and commercial electricity consumers will automatically see this relief reflected on their bills. Consumers who have already received their April bill should see an adjustment on a future bill.

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