Small Business Electricity Prices

Small Business Customers on Time-of-Use Pricing – Summer Electricity Price Periods in Effect May 1 to October 31, 2018

•    Off-Peak – 6.5 cents per kWh – Weekdays 7 pm to 7 am, and all-day on Weekends and Statutory Holidays
•    Mid-Peak – 9.4 cents per kWh – Weekdays 7 am to 11 am and 5 pm to 7 pm
•    On-Peak – 13.2 cents per kWh – Weekdays 11 am to 5 pm

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). TOU prices provide small business customers with a new way to manage electricity costs.

Summer TOU periods and prices take effect from May 1 to October 31. Winter TOU periods and prices take effect from November 1 to April 30.

*NOTE: For electricity customers on a fixed-term contract with an electricity retailer, TOU prices do not apply.

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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 increase of 1.05% - in accordance with the Ontario Energy Board's (OEB) approved 2018 parameters for inflation and productivity - has been approved by the OEB and takes effect May 1, 2018.

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.

Many customers are not aware that local distribution companies are the billing agent for Ontario’s electricity system and that they collect on behalf of all other electricity market participants and the government. Burlington Hydro’s distribution portion (indicated as the Delivery line on the bill) accounts for approximately 24% of a customer’s electricity bill.

Access our Regulatory webpage to learn more about distribution rates.