The Running-In Option, which applies for a limited time, is offered to medium-power customers who have a service contract at the general rate (Rate M).
Planning to enlarge your facilities, upgrade your equipment or launch an innovative project? Chances are the Running-In Option is just what you need.
If you have to run short tests (say for a few hours) before putting new equipment into service, your power demand may rise. As a result, your load factor will fall, pushing up the cost of the kilowatthours you consume.
With the Running-In Option, you can get around this problem, and you won’t have to pay for a momentary but significant increase in your power demand.
The specific provisions of this option allow us to calculate your bill differently by temporarily exempting you from conditions that apply when you exceed your contract power. This lets you test new equipment without having to pay for the resulting increase in your power demand during the running-in period.
Calculating a bill under the Running-In Option involves three steps:
The power demand recorded during running in is therefore not used in the calculation, even if it’s above the limit used in determining the average reference price (Step 1). Calculation of the bill will vary slightly if your last contract did not cover 12 consumption periods without the Running-In Option.
These conditions apply for a period of one to twelve months, depending on the situation.
To take advantage of the Running-In Option, you must meet the following conditions:
You can also consult the Electricity Rates to find out more about Hydro-Québec's rates and rate options.