Sign-up procedure

You must submit your request to Hydro‑Québec, indicating your proposed interruptible power, before October 1.

You must commit to a base power not exceeding 80% of your average billing demand for the preceding winter period.

Conditions of application

Conditions Option I Option II
Advance notice – Weekdays 2 hours 15:00 the preceding day
Advance notice – Weekends 15:30 the preceding day N/A
Maximum number of interruptions per day 2 2
Minimum interval between 2 interruptions in the same day 4 hours 6 hours
Maximum number of interruptions per winter period 20 25
Duration of an interruption 4‑5 hours 4 hours
Maximum duration of interruptions per winter period 100 hours 100 hours

Interruptions can occur:

  • option I : at any time in the winter period;
  • option II : between 06:00 and 10:00 or between 16:00 and 20:00, weekdays in the winter period, excluding statutory holidays.

Financial compensation

Option I

Fixed credit:

Variable credit:

  • 20.00¢ per kilowatthour of effective hourly interruptible power for each of the first 20 interruption hours;
  • 25.00¢ per kilowatthour of effective hourly interruptible power for each hour between the 21st and the 40th interruption hours inclusive; and
  • 30.00¢ per kilowatthour of effective hourly interruptible power for each of the 60 subsequent interruption hours.

Option II

Fixed credit:

Variable credit:

Examples of total credits (fixed and variable)

Interruption hours Option I
Total credit
Option II
Total credit
10 h 150¢/kWh 111¢/kWh
20 h  85¢/kWh  66¢/kWh
30 h  65¢/kWh  50¢/kWh
40 h  55¢/kWh  43¢/kWh
50 h  50¢/kWh  38¢/kWh
60 h  47¢/kWh  35¢/kWh
70 h  44¢/kWh  33¢/kWh
80 h  43¢/kWh  31¢/kWh
90 h  41¢/kWh  30¢/kWh
100 h  40¢/kWh  21¢/kWh

Overrun penalties

If you don’t honor the terms of your agreement, you will be subject to a penalty.

For more information

If you have any questions about these rate options, contact your commercial officer or designated agent. You can also reach our Business customer services at 1 800 463‑9900 or by e-mail at affaires@hydro.qc.ca.

These explanations have been simplified. For more details about the interruptible electricity option for medium‑power customers, consult section 7 of chapter 4 of the Electricity Rates [PDF 4,54 Mo], approved by the Régie de l’énergie.

Base power

The maximum power that the customer commits not to exceed during an interruption period.

Winter period

Period from December 1 through March 31 of the next year, inclusive.

Average hourly power

The value in kilowatts of the average of the real power demands of four 15-minute integration periods.

Effective hourly interruptible power

For each interruption hour, the difference between:

  1. the product of the maximum power and the contribution coefficient for the consumption period in question; and
  2. the average hourly power.

Useable hours

All hours from 06:00 to 10:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00, excluding:

  1. Saturdays and Sundays;
  2. December 24, 25, 26 and 31, January 1 and 2, as well as Good Friday and Easter Monday, when the latter fall within the winter period;
  3. days when the customer curtails its power in accordance with this section.