Winter Residential and Small Business Rates
In effect November 1 to April 30, 2021
Starting Nov 1, 2020, most households, small businesses, and farms will automatically receive a 33.2% rebate from the province. The Ontario Electricity Rebate (OER) appears on the subtotal of the electricity bill as a separate line item.
|Period||When it Applies||Price|
|Off-Peak||Weekdays 7 pm to 7 am, and all-day on Weekends and Statutory Holidays||10.5 cents per kWh|
|Mid-Peak||Weekdays 11 am to 5 pm||15.0 cents per kWh|
|On-Peak||Weekdays 7 am to 11 am and 5 pm to 7 pm||21.7 cents per kWh|
The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) sets the province’s prices for electricity under the Regulated Price Plan (RPP) and develops the daily and seasonal TOU periods. With TOU pricing electricity prices vary, based on when it is used. That includes by time of day, by day of week (weekdays versus weekends), and by season (winter or summer).
For electricity customers on a fixed-term contract with an electricity retailer, TOU prices do not apply.
Rates In effect November 1 to April 30, 2021
Burlington Hydro RPP customers now have the option of switching to tiered rates.
Tier 1 Residential – first 1,000 kWh/month – 12.6 ¢/kWh
Tier 2 Residential – for electricity used above 1,000 kWh/month – 14.6 ¢/kWh
Tier 1 Non-residential – first 750 kWh/month – 12.6 ¢/kWh
Tier 2 Non-residential – for electricity used above 750 kWh/month – 14.6 ¢/kWh
To move to tiered pricing, customers must notify Burlington Hydro by completing the election form
If a residential or small business customer opts to do nothing, they will automatically remain on TOU pricing.
Burlington Hydro customers will not see the November 1st bill changes until the billing cycle that begins November 21st. Be aware that those first bills will show a transition between the 12.8 cent flat rate and winter rates (TOU or Tiered).
Burlington Hydro Distribution Rates
Burlington Hydro is responsible for delivering a safe and reliable supply of electricity to homes, businesses and institutions in the City of Burlington. A distribution rate decrease of 0.76% has been approved by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) and took effect May 1, 2020.
Many consumers are not aware that local distribution companies collect payment for the entire electricity bill and retain only the distribution portion, which is included in the Delivery line on the bill. Distribution accounts for approximately 26% of the typical residential customer's bill.
Before utilities can make any changes to their rates they are required to seek approval from the OEB through a rate application process. The Board reviews each rate application independently in a public process and approves the rates each distributor can charge.