The Ontario government has announced the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit will provide eligible customers a 10 per cent rebate on the total cost of electricity charges related to electricity consumption on their bills including HST, effective with electricity consumed January 1, 2011. This rebate will be in effect for five years until December 31, 2015.
The government estimates Ontarians will be faced with a 46 per cent increase in home electricity costs over the next five years to pay for much needed electricity system upgrades. The Ontario Clean Energy Benefit will help customers manage the rising cost of electricity.
What is changing?
Beginning September 1, 2012, the 10 per cent rebate will be applied to the first 3,000 kilowatt hours of electricity consumed per month. With the 3,000 kilowatt hour per month cap in place the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit will continue to provide a full 10 per cent rebate to almost all residential consumers, while allowing small businesses and farms to continue to receive the benefit on the first 3,000 kilowatt hours they use.
A typical family of four people uses, on average, 800 kilowatt hours per month and will continue to receive the full rebate of 10 per cent off their electricity bill.
Who is exempt from the cap?
A medical exemption from the 3,000 kilowatt hour per month cap is available for accounts in which a person living at the premises uses medical equipment that requires electricity and has been prescribed by a health practitioner.
Who is Eligible?
Residential and seasonal customers are eligible for the rebate, as well as farm and small business customers (general service energy-billed with less than 50 kW demand) as long as they do not use more than 250,000 kWh annually.
Customers eligible for the Regulated Price Plan (RPP) two-tiered prices and Time-of-Use (TOU) prices are eligible for this rebate, including retailer enrolled customers and customers on spot market pricing as long as they would otherwise be RPP eligible.
For more information, go to www.ontario.ca/energyplan or call 1-888-668-4636.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit?
The Ontario Clean Energy Benefit will help residential customers and small businesses manage rising electricity bills as we transition to a cleaner, modern electricity system. The government has announced this benefit will result in a 10 per cent reduction on the total electricity bill, including HST. The benefit will be in effect for five years beginning January 1, 2011.
When will I see the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit on my bill?
Eligible customers will see the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit on their first bill issued after May 1st, 2011. Your first bill issued with the rebate will be prorated as the rebate only applies to your electricity use as of January 1, 2011. The pro-ration is based on the number of eligible days in the billing period.
What charges are included in the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit?
The Ontario Clean Energy Benefit applies a 10 per cent rebate to the following charges: Electricity, Delivery, Regulatory Charges, the Debt Retirement Charge, Global Adjustment (if applicable) and HST.
What charges are not included in the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit?
The Ontario Clean Energy Benefit does not apply to late payment charges, security deposits, new account set-up charge, past due charges, and rental charges (e.g. sentinel light rental, pole rental, etc.).
How much will I save with the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit?
The Ontario Clean Energy Benefit is a 10 per cent reduction on your total electricity charges, including HST. An average Residential - Medium Density customer using 1,000 kWh will see a reduction of about $17 a month.
Where will the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit appear on my bill?
It will appear as a separate line item on your bill. The new line item is “Ontario Clean Energy Benefit (-10%)” and it will appear below the subtotal line item. In addition, there will be a total line item showing the net charges after applying the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit.
How will you determine the portion of my electricity charges that is consumed starting on January 1, 2011?
The consumption for the entire billing period will be pro-rated based on the number of days before and after January 1, 2011.