2020-2021 Rates – Rate freeze
- According to An Act to simplify the process for establishing electricity distribution rates, customers will benefit from a rate freeze as of April 1. The rates set on April 1, 2019, will remain in effect until March 31, 2021.
- Among the lowest electricity rates in North America (business customers included).
Rate that applies to a contract whose maximum power demand has been at least 50 kilowatts (kW) during a consumption period included in the last 12 monthly periods.
Rate that applies to an annual contract whose contract power is 5,000 kilowatts (kW) or more and which is principally related to an industrial activity.
Rate that applies to an annual contract whose minimum billing demand is 5,000 kilowatts (kW) or more and which is not principally related to an industrial activity.
Rate Flex G
Rate Flex G is a dynamic rate that enables customers to save money in winter by shifting, at Hydro-Québec’s request, their nonessential electricity consumption to outside critical peak events or by using less electricity during those events. It applies to Rate G contracts that are not billed for power demand, that is, those with a power demand below 50 kW.
Rate that applies to large- or medium‑power customers whose power demand is limited. This rate can be advantageous for companies with equipment that uses a significant amount of power over short periods — for example, golf course irrigation pumps or ski hill snow cannons.
Optional medium‑power rate offered on backup power Hydro‑Québec sells to independent producers whose main generating source is temporarily unavailable or under maintenance. The electricity purchased is used to power essential loads and auxiliary services.
Experimental Rate BR
Rate that applies to contracts for electricity supplied to one or more electric vehicle charging stations rated 400 volts DC or more. It can also apply to a contract for electricity supplied to one or more 240-V charging stations.
Business rates north of the 53rd parallel
Rates that apply to the use of electricity by business customers when the electricity is supplied by an off-grid system located north of the 53rd parallel, except for the Schefferville system.
Public lighting rates
General electricity rates that apply to the public lighting service offered to federal, provincial and municipal authorities or to any person duly authorized by them.
Sentinel lighting rates
Lighting rates for the supply, operation and powering of Sentinel photoelectric‑cell luminaires. These luminaires are the property of Hydro‑Québec and are used for outdoor lighting, but not for public lighting. Hydro‑Québec has been gradually phasing out these rates since April 1, 2013.
Rate options and conditions
Winter Credit Option for Rate G customers
The Winter Credit Option allows you to save during winter when you use less electricity than usual during peak periods, at Hydro-Québec’s request. This option is risk-free, because your electricity bill can only go down.
Economic Development Rate
Rate that entails a rate reduction for large- or medium‑power customers (Rate M, G9, L or LG) who undertake to build and commission a new facility with a power demand of at least 1,000 kW or to add at least 500 kW of power demand to an existing facility.
Industrial Revitalization Rate
Under this rate, Rate M or L industrial customers can benefit from an advantageous price to return unused production capacity to operation or to convert an industrial process that is currently powered by fossil fuel to electricity.
- Details on the Industrial Revitalization Rate for Rate M customers (New)
- Details on the Industrial Revitalization Rate for Rate L customers
Additional Electricity Option
Option that allows large- or medium‑power customers (Rate M, G9, L or LG) to use electricity beyond their normal consumption during Hydro‑Québec’s off-peak hours to fill a short-term order or meet an exceptional need.
- Additional electricity option – medium‑power customers
- Additional electricity option – large‑power customers
Interruptible Electricity Options
Rate options under which Hydro‑Québec offers credits to large- or medium‑power customers (Rate M, G9, L or LG) in exchange for curtailing their electricity consumption at its request.
- Interruptible Electricity Options – medium‑power or Rate LG customers
- Interruptible Electricity Options – Rate L customers
Running-in of new equipment
Conditions available to large- or medium‑power customers (Rate M, L or LG) wishing to put new equipment into service, which can result in a higher power demand for a few months until their operations have been optimized. Under these conditions, such customers can be temporarily exempt from certain rate provisions applicable to power demand billing.
- Running-in of new equipment – medium‑power customers
- Running-in of new equipment – large‑power customers
Conditions available to large- and medium‑power customers (Rate M, G9, L or LG) who need to run short tests after adding new equipment or modifying or optimizing existing equipment, a situation that risks temporarily increasing their power demand. These conditions allow the equipment to be tested without the customer being billed for the excess power used during the test period(s).
Additional Electricity Option for photosynthetic lighting or for space heating to raise crops
This option targets greenhouse growers who use all or part of the electricity supplied by Hydro Québec for photosynthetic lighting or space heating to raise crops. More specifically, it applies to Rate D, DP, DM, G, M, G9 and LG contracts where the electricity is used for the purposes stated above and the maximum power demand has been at least 50 kilowatts (kW) during a consumption period included in the 12 consecutive monthly periods preceding the date of the sign-up request.
Net Metering Option for a Rate G customer-generator
Rate option that allows a Rate G customer-generator to feed its surplus electricity back into the Hydro‑Québec grid in exchange for credits applied to the electricity bill.
Interim rate for the Demand Response (DR) Option
The interim rate for the Demand Response Option came into effect on September 14. Consult the Addendum to Electricity rates and Conditions of service – Interim rate for the Demand Response (DR) Option.
Two offerings to help you save during winter!
The Winter Credit Option for Rate G customers and Rate Flex G were rolled out in winter 2019–2020. These rate offerings enable registered customers to save money by reducing their electricity use when demand is the greatest. They are being rolled out gradually and to a limited number of customers so that we can assure optimum support.
We are also conducting a pilot project on dynamic pricing for Rate M and G9 customers. If you would like more information about this project and whether it could apply to your business, please call us at 1 800 463-9900 or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farms or residential buildings
Do you run a farm or own or manage residential buildings (single-family homes, duplexes, triplexes, apartment buildings, etc.)? Find out more about the rates for which you may be eligible.
Electricity Rates – 2019 edition
The 2019 edition of the Electricity Rates presents the various rates applicable to residential, farm and business customers.
To find out more about the charges related to electricity service, consult Chapter 20 of the Conditions of Service [PDF 4.69 MB].