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General Service >50 kW Electricity Rates

Your electricity bill is made up of delivery charges, distribution charges, regulatory charges and electricity charges. All but the distribution charges are collected on behalf of other parties. Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro retains only the distribution charges.

Below are our current electricity rates for commercial customers.

Electricity Charges

Charge

Cost

Electricity charge

Spot market price or retailer price

Transmission Charges

Charge

Cost

per 

Transmission Network Charge

$2.7205

 kW

Transmission Connection Charge

$0.8449

 kW

Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Distribution Charges

Charge

Cost

per

Monthly Customer Charge

 $183.23  Month

Distribution Charge 

$4.0036

kW

Customer Owned Transformation Credit

-$0.6000

kW

Regulatory Charges

Charge

Cost

per

Standard Supply Administration Charge

$0.2500

Month

Wholesale Market Charge Class A

$0.0035

kWh

Wholesale Market Charge Class B

$0.0039

kWh

Loss Adjustment

Some electricity is lost along the power lines on its way to your business or facility. Some electricity charges and transmission charges may be subject to loss adjustment factors. These are known as "line losses."

Electricity Retailers

Customers who have a contract with a retailer will be billed the electricity rates established in the terms and conditions of the contract they have signed. Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro is not a party to these contracts and only invoices the amount as directed by the retailer. Learn more about your rights when it comes to electricity contracts.

*Specific Service Charges

Outside of electricity consumption charges, customers may occasionally be subject to other service charges, as follows:

Customer Administration

Service Charge
Returned cheque (plus bank charges) $15.00

Account set up charge/change of occupancy charge 

$20.00
Meter dispute charge, plus Measurement Canada fees (if meter found correct) $30.00

Non-Payment of Account

Service Charge
Late payment - per month 1.50%
Reconnection at meter - during regular business hours $65.00
Reconnection at meter - after regular business hours $185.00
Reconnection at pole - during regular business hours $95.00

* Charges effective May 1, 2019

Definitions and Explanations of Charges

Electricity Charges

Hourly Ontario Energy Price

The Hourly Ontario Energy Price is the market hourly rate that is determined by the IESO. Your bill reflects a weighted average of all the hourly prices for the month.

Global Adjustment

Global adjustment (GA) covers the cost of building new electricity infrastructure in the province, maintaining existing resources, as well as providing conservation and demand management programs. Learn more about the GA and how it is calculated.

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Transmission Charges

Transmission Network Charge

  • The transmission network charge covers the cost of delivering the electricity from the generating stations to the region through Hydro One’s transmission system. This charge is collected on behalf of Hydro One. This charge is applied against your monthly peak demand in kilowatts (kW).

Transmission Connection

  • The transmission connection charge covers the cost of connecting Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro’s distribution system to Hydro One’s transmission lines, as well as the cost of transforming electricity from high transmission voltages to lower voltages for distribution. This charge is applied against your monthly peak demand in kilowatts (kW). 

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Distribution Charges

Distribution is the cost of bringing electricity from the transmission system to your business. Distribution charges are the portion of your bill that goes directly to Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro.

Distribution Charge

  • The distribution charge is applied against your monthly peak demand in kilowatts (kW) and collected by Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro to cover the cost of building and maintaining our distribution system, including overhead and underground distribution lines, poles, and transformer stations.

Monthly Customer Charge

  • This is a fixed monthly charge that covers the costs associated with meter reading, billing, customer service, account maintenance, and general utility operations. 

Customer-Owned Transformation Credit

  • This credit is based on the kilowatts of billing demand per month for customer-owned transformers. Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro provides this credit to those customers that own their transformation facilities. It reflects the costs a distributor incurs when providing step down transformation facilities to the customer’s required voltage level. For the majority of customers, the cost of this transformation is captured in and recovered through Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro's distribution rate. When a customer provides its own transformer, the customer receives a credit for these costs already included in the distribution rates. 

Electricity Usage Adjustment Factor

  • This is an energy adjustment applied to the total amount of electricity used during the billing period to account for the line losses in the electricity system that are not measured by your meter. When electricity is delivered over a power line, it is normal for a small amount of power to be lost as heat. Line losses are an unavoidable part of delivering electricity. The adjustment factor is approved by the Ontario Energy Board and is reviewed regularly as part of the rate setting process.

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Regulatory Charges

Regulatory charges include the cost of services required to operate the provincial electricity system and the wholesale electricity market. The Ontario Energy Board sets these charges.

Standard Supply Administration Charge

  • The standard supply admininstration charge covers a portion of a utility’s administrative costs to provide electricity bills to customers that receive an invoice directly from the utility (i.e. customers that are not billed by a retailer). This charge is set by the Ontario Energy Board and is the same for all utilities across the province.

Wholesale Market Service

  • The wholesale market service charge covers the cost of services provided by the IESO to operate the wholesale electricity market and maintain the reliability of the high voltage power grid and certain costs incurred by local utilities to connect renewable generation.

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