Rate Flex G New

Rate Flex G is a dynamic rate that enables customers to save money in winter by shifting their nonessential electricity consumption to outside critical peak events or by using less electricity during those events. With this new rate offering, electricity is cheaper than the base rate in winter, except during critical peak events, when it’s more expensive.

Rate Flex G will be rolled out gradually and to a limited number of customers in winter 2019–2020.

Rate for small-power customers

Rate Flex G is offered to Rate G customers who are not billed for power demand, because it doesn’t exceed 50 kW. That accounts for about 90% of Hydro-Québec’s business customers. Signing up for this rate is entirely optional.

This information has been simplified. To find out more about Rate Flex G, see Section 4 of Chapter 3 of the Electricity Rates [PDF 4.83 MB], approved by the Régie de l’énergie.

Eligibility for Rate Flex G

Rate Flex G is for Rate G (base rate) customers able to shift nonessential electricity consumption to outside critical peak events or use less electricity during those events at Hydro-Québec’s request. To be eligible for this rate, you need to meet the following criteria:

  1. Have a Rate G contract and not be served by an off-grid system
  2. Have a communicating meter
  3. Have a Customer Space with a valid email address (for critical peak event notifications)
  4. Not be signed up for any rate options

How Rate Flex G works

Rate Flex G is different than the base rate (Rate G). It applies in the following manner:

  • In winter:
    • Outside critical peak events, the price of electricity is below the base rate, so you can save money.
    • During critical peak events, electricity is billed at a high price (50¢/kWh). You’ll have to shift nonessential electricity use or limit it to keep costs low.
  • The rest of the year, the price of the first tier of Rate G (base rate) applies.

Critical peak events take place weekdays from December 1 to March 31, between 6 and 9 a.m. and between 4 and 8 p.m., for a maximum of 100 hours each winter.

Rate Flex G has been set so that if you don’t change your energy habits, your average hydro bill will be the same as if you were paying the base rate. But your bill could be higher than at the base rate if you don’t make the right moves during critical peak events. It’s important to use as little electricity as possible during those events, so you aren’t penalized.

What’s a kilowatthour (kWh)?

Structure of Rate Flex G

Rate Flex G consists of the following billing components:

  • The system access charge, which is an amount you pay each billing period, even if you consume little or no energy. It’s based on a fixed monthly amount, but it varies slightly from one consumption period to another, depending on the number of days in the period.
  • An amount for the kilowatthours (kWh) of energy used during the period in question.

Rate Flex G is a monthly rate. In other words, the system access charge and the minimum amount are based on a 30-day period.

Generally speaking, the consumption period is about two months.

Helping you understand your electricity rate

Rate Flex G prices

  Summer period: April 1–Nov. 30 Winter period: Dec. 1–March 31
System access charge for a 30-day period, prorated to the exact number of days in the consumption period $12.33 $12.33
Energy price 9.90¢/kWh 8.26¢/kWh
Energy used during critical peak events N/A 50.00¢/kWh

Summer period: April 1–Nov. 30

Winter period: Dec. 1–March 31

If little or no electricity is used, a minimum charge is billed. It is $12.33 per month (30 days) when single-phase electricity is delivered or $36.99 per month when three-phase electricity is delivered.

Rates effective April 1, 2019. Under no circumstances shall this table replace the Electricity Rates.