New Electricity Prices and Distribution Rates Come into Effect May 1

Beginning May 1, 2015, new electricity prices, as set by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB), and new Burlington Hydro distribution rates come into effect.

New Summer Electricity Prices – Electricity Line on the Bill

New electricity commodity prices take effect from May 1, 2015 to October 31, 2015 under the Regulated Price Plan (RPP). These prices apply to the majority of residential and small business customers in Ontario, who do not buy electricity under a retail electricity contract. Electricity prices are set by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) and appear on the Electricity line of a customer’s electricity bill.

TOU prices beginning May 1, 2015 will be:

  • Off-peak Price (from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weekdays and all day weekends and holidays): 8.0 cents per kWh (increase from 7.7 cents per kWh)
  • Mid-peak Price (from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on  weekdays): 12.2 cents per kWh (increase from 11.4 cents per kWh)
  • On-peak Price (from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays): 16.1 cents per kWh (increase from 14 cents per kWh)

For those consumers currently on TOU pricing, the increase is approximately 4.6% on the total bill per month, or $5.71 per month based on an average usage of 800 kWh. Approximately 97% of residential and small business customers are on TOU billing.  

New Burlington Hydro Distribution Rates – Delivery Line on the Bill

The Ontario Energy Board issued its Final Rate Order on March 30, 2015 regarding Burlington Hydro’s new distribution rates* that take effect on May 1st. Distribution rates are adjusted annually for inflation and anticipated efficiency achievements.

The Delivery line of a customer’s electricity bill includes the cost of delivering electricity from generators to Burlington Hydro and then to your home or business. Burlington Hydro distribution rates and Hydro One transmission rates combine under the Delivery line.

Distribution rates are increasing by 1.3%, in combination with the changes to transmission rates and to Rate Riders. The estimated bill impact to an average residential customer is $1.00/bill (or $0.50/month), or a 0.50% increase.  Transmission rates are increasing, the Rate Rider for the Refund of the Smart Metering Entity Charge is expiring and new Rate Riders for Deferral/Variance Accounts come into effect.

Final Rate Order and Burlington Hydro’s Current Distribution Rates

*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.