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 Rates for Large-Power Business Customers  

Running-in of new equipment by large-power customers

Reliable energy at stable prices

The conditions for running in new equipment, which apply for a limited time, are offered to large-power customers who have a service contract at Rate L or LG.

Helping you carry out your projects

If you have to run short tests before putting new equipment into service or are about to commission a new plant, your power demand may rise, pushing up the cost of the kilowatthours you consume.

Potential savings

By taking advantage of the conditions for running in new equipment, you can get around this problem, simply by not having to pay for a momentary but significant increase in your power demand.

These conditions allow us to calculate your bill differently. More specifically, you are temporarily exempted from conditions that normally 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.

Flexible terms and conditions

To take advantage of the running-in conditions, you must meet the following conditions:

  • The power of the equipment being run in must equal at least 10% of the contract power in effect at the time you make your written request, but no less than 500 kW.
  • You must advise Hydro-Québec in writing at least 30 days before the start of the running-in period, specifying the consumption periods to which you want the running-in period to apply.
  • You must send Hydro-Québec a description of the type and power of your equipment for approval.

Calculation of billing amount during running-in period

Existing large-power customers

An average price in cents per kilowatthour will be established based on the last 12 consumption periods during which there was no running in, as well as Rate L or LG prices and conditions in effect during each consumption period to which running-in applied.

During the running-in period, the energy consumed is billed at this average price, plus 1 to 4%, depending on the relative size of the equipment being run in.

These conditions can apply from 1 to 12 consumption periods.

New large-power customers

You must supply Hydro-Québec with an estimate of the power demand and energy for the running-in period.

An average price in ¢ per kilowatthour will be established based on Rate L or LG prices and conditions in effect during each consumption period to which running-in applied.

During the running-in period, the energy consumed is billed at this average price plus 4%.

Once 3 consumption periods have passed after the end of running in, the bills issued for the running-in period will be adjusted according to the average price for these 3 months, plus 4%.


For more information

Are you already a Rate L or LG customer? Get in touch with your Commercial Delegate

You can also consult the Electricity Rates  to find out more about Hydro-Québec's rates and rate options.