Ontario residents return to normal hydro rates
An emergency order providing residents of Ontario with an inexpensive, fixed off-peak hydro rate expired today.
The provision was put in place on January 1 as a response to a province-wide lockdown order that forced shops and restaurants to close. The rates were extended as the government further gave a stay-at-home order across the province, which encouraged the locals to work from home if possible and to only go out for essential reasons.
Under this plan, Ontario residents were charged the off-peak rate of 8.5 cents per kilowatt-hour instead of the usual time-of-use rates or fixed tiered rates.
Under this plan, Ontario households were charged the off-peak rate of 8.5 cents per kilowatt-hour instead of the regular time-of-use rates or fixed tiered rate.
Provincial officials have consistently said that while some businesses and restaurants are opening its doors, the government does not consider the transition to the framework a “reopening.” Officials continue to encourage people to stay within their households, work from home if possible and refrain from gathering with others.
Before moving to an off-peak hydro rate, the Ontario government had released new time-of-use pricing, which the Ontario Energy Board said would add about $2.24 to the bill of an average residential customer using 700 kWh per month.