Hydro One electricity moves to off-peak rate for 45 days

Ontario Energy Minister Greg Rickford speaks at Queen's Park on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 about dropping Hydro One's time-of-use times to off-peak rates around the clock. The off-peak will continue for the next 45 days. (YouTube/Premier of Ontario via Newswatch Group)

SD&G – Customers on Hydro One in SD&G will be getting some relief on their electricity bills over the next six weeks as more people stay home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Premier Doug Ford and Energy Minister Greg Rickford announced Tuesday afternoon that Hydro One will move from its time-of-use metric to the off-peak rates around the clock.

It will apply to homes, businesses and farms.

The rate of 10.1 cents per kilowatt hour will continue 24 hours a day for the next 45 days.

Rickford says customers don’t need to take any action – the adjustment will automatically show up on their bills.

Since Cornwall Electric has a long term contract with Hydro Quebec and is not part of the Ontario hydro grid, there’s no word yet whether the utility, owned by Fortis Electric, will be putting similar relief measures in place.

The Twitter account for Rideau St. Lawrence Distribution Inc., which serves 6,000 customers in South Dundas, Edwardsburgh-Cardinal, Prescott and Westport, also tweeted “COVID-19: Time-of-Use rates suspended for 45 Days.”

President and CEO John Walsh told Cornwall Newswatch all households, farms and small businesses that pay time-of-use electricity rates will be charged off-peak rates.