Items on your Bill
Orangeville Hydro measures your electricity use in kilowatt hours (kWh). One kilowatt hour is equal to using 1,000 watts of electricity for one hour. For example, if you use 10 100-watt light bulbs for one hour you have used 1 kWh of electricity.
Consider replacing a 60-watt bulb with a 15-watt LED bulb. The 15-watt LED bulb produces roughly the same brightness but uses one-quarter the electricity, and it will take 67 hours to consume the same amount of electricity. Using LED bulbs instead of incandescent bulbs are a great way to reduce your hydro bill.
This is the cost of delivering electricity from generating stations across the province to your home or business through high voltage (transmission) and low voltage (distribution) power lines. Delivery charges are approved by the OEB. Some of these are fixed at a set amount per month. Others are variable and increase or decrease depending on how much electricity you use. Delivery charges include:
- Customer Service Charge: A fixed charge for costs relating to meter reading, billing, customer service and account maintenance, and general utility operations.
- Distribution Charge: A variable charge for costs of building and maintaining the distribution system, including overhead and underground power lines, poles, and transformer stations. View utility electricity distribution rate applications and decisions.
- Transmission Charge: A variable charge for the costs of transmitters to operate and maintain the high-voltage transmission system that carries electricity from generating stations to your utility.
When electricity is delivered over a power line, it is normal for a small amount of power to be lost as heat. In calculating your electricity costs for the billing period, your utility multiplies your electricity cost by an OEB-approved adjustment factor that accounts for those losses.
The Wholesale Market Service Charge covers the cost of services provided by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) to operate the wholesale electricity market and maintain the reliability of the high-voltage power grid. It also covers certain costs incurred by local utilities to connect renewable generation. Although the Wholesale Market Service Charge is set by the OEB to allow these costs to be passed on to consumers, the OEB does not set or approve all of the costs that are recovered through that charge. The description below notes which charges are approved by the OEB.
Included within this charge:
- Physical Limitations and Losses: When electricity is delivered over a transmission line, it is normal for a small amount of power to be consumed, or lost, as heat.
- Energy Reliability: Sometimes the balance between generation and demand is affected by an unanticipated event, such as equipment failure or a surge in consumption. The IESO purchases reserve electricity that is available on short notice to restore the balance.
Fees set or approved by the OEB:
- IESO Administration Fee: The IESO charges an administrative fee to manage the high voltage power system and operate the wholesale electricity market in Ontario.OPA Administration Fee: This fee pays for administration costs related to planning for
- OPA Administration Fee: This fee pays for administration costs related to planning for generation, demand management, conservation and transmission in the province. This fee does not cover the contract payments made to generators or costs for the delivery of conservation and demand management programs.Rural and Remote Electricity Rate Protection: This charge is collected by the IESO to pay certain electricity distributors who provide electricity service in rural and remote areas. It helps to offset the higher cost of providing service to consumers in those areas.
- Rural and Remote Electricity Rate Protection: This charge is collected by the IESO to pay certain electricity distributors who provide electricity service in rural and remote areas. It helps to offset the higher cost of providing service to consumers in those areas. Renewable Connections: Some of the costs incurred by a utility to connect renewable generation facilities (e.g. solar, wind) can be recovered from consumers throughout the province.
- Renewable Connections: Some of the costs incurred by a utility to connect renewable generation facilities (e.g. solar, wind) can be recovered from consumers throughout the province.
- Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP) Charge: This charge is collected to pay for the costs of the OESP. The program provides eligible low-income customers with a monthly credit on their electricity bills. The Standard Supply Service Charge: Customers who purchase electricity directly from their local utility rather than a retailer pay an administrative fee to their utility to cover these costs. This charge is set by the OEB and is the same for all utilities.
The Standard Supply Service Charge: Customers who purchase electricity directly from their local utility rather than a retailer pay an administrative fee to their utility to cover these costs. This charge is set by the OEB and is the same for all utilities.
Debt Retirement Charge
The Debt Retirement Charge (DRC) is provided for under the Electricity Act, 1998, and is payable to the Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation (OEFC) on electricity consumed in Ontario.
As of January 1, 2016, all electricity users with a residential rate class account are exempt from the DRC. Users with a general service rate class account that provide electricity to one or more eligible residential units will also be eligible for a DRC exemption up to 1,500-kilowatt hours (kWh) per month multiplied by the number of eligible residential units included in the account. To claim this DRC exemption, users with a general service rate class account must provide their electricity distributor with notice of the number of eligible residential units included in the account. The start of the exemption for these users depends on when the notice is received by the electricity distributor.
Global Adjustment is a charge on a customers electricity bill that reflects the difference between the market price of electricity and the rates paid to regulated and contracted generators, and for demand management programs and conservation programs. The Global Adjustment charge fluctuates in relation to changes in the market price; when the market price for electricity is lower, the Global Adjustment is higher to cover additional costs that were not already received through the market price, and accordingly when the market price is higher the Global Adjustment is lower.
Every Ontario electricity customer pays Global Adjustment. Customers who are on the Regulated Price Plan (RPP) have the charge built into the rate determined by the Ontario Energy Board. In contrast, customers who have a contract with a retailer and have therefore opted out of the RPP see the Global Adjustment on a separate line item on their bill. Customers with a peak demand higher than 50 kilowatts per month who also pay the market price see the Global Adjustment as a separate line item. Customers with a demand of above 5 MW (Class A Customers) are billed for Global Adjustment based on the percentage that their peak demand contributes to the top five Ontario system peaks. For example, if a Class A consumer is responsible for one per cent of Ontario’s peak demand for the five highest hours of the base period they will be charged for one percent of the total Global Adjustment costs.
Orangeville Hydro collects the Global Adjustment funds for the IESO and transfers the funds to the IESO without taking a profit. The Global Adjustment is based on usage; by reducing usage, a customer can reduce the Global Adjustment charge on his or her bill.
Global Adjustment significantly changes monthly. Therefore, some months the Global Adjustment will have more of an impact than others. Customers are advised to take an average of the monthly rates and budget their funds accordingly.
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- Telephone Banking
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- Please note that we do not accept post-dated cheques
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Industrial Conservation Initiative
In April 2017, the Government of Ontario reduced the Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI) threshold from 1 MW to 500 kW to make Ontario consumers/market participants in targeted manufacturing and industrial sectors, including greenhouses, (i.e., with NAICS codes commencing with the digits “31”, “32”, “33” or “1114”) with an average monthly peak demand of greater than 500 kW and less than 1 MW, eligible to opt-in to the ICI.
Customers who participate in the ICI, referred to as Class A, pay global adjustment based on their percentage contribution to the top five peak Ontario demand hours. Peak demand is determined to be the average of a customer’s highest monthly peak hourly demand values over the base period from May 1 to April 30. Class A customers can reduce their GA costs based on their ability to anticipate the top five peak hours for the current base period and reduce their consumption accordingly.
The more accurately that a Class A customer can predict the top five hours of peak demand and shift their demand accordingly, the more they will be able to take advantage of this initiative.
Orangeville Hydro will inform all eligible accounts as of May 31st, 2017. If you would like to participate, you must complete the opt-in form and consent form and return to Orangeville Hydro no later than Thursday, June 15, 2017. Once you opt-in, you are ‘locked in’ during the applicable adjustment period July 1, 2017 to June 30 2018.
The Ministry of Energy requires Class A enrolled customers to provide the address and GPS coordinates of their head office and enrolled load facilities, as well as consent for the information to be shared with the Ministry and made public.