Ontario electricity rates set to surge again on May 1

Ferdinand Ostrop/The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Electricity rates are going up again in Ontario, just in time for the longer summer days.

Time-of-use electricity prices will jump half-a-cent to 18 cents a kilowatt hour for peak periods, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, starting May 1.

The rates are up slightly less for mid-peak periods – between 7 and 11 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. – at 13.2 cents a kwh.

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Off peak rates – in effect from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and all day weekends and holidays – are also going up to 8.7 cents a kwh.

The Ontario Energy Board estimates the changes will add about $3.13 a month to the electricity line on the average monthly hydro bill for a household using 750 kwh a month.

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The board sets rates every six months, and adjusts the hours for peak and off-peak periods, with changes every May 1 and Oct. 1.


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