New: A revised credit structure

Hydro‑Québec has revised the credit tiers to make the DR Option even more advantageous for customers who make significant efforts to reduce their power demand.

In winter 2023‑2024, you can use one of two tiers to calculate the credit. The structure that’s most advantageous for your company—the one that will give the highest credit—will apply.

Calculate the credit that could be applied to your electricity bill

Use this calculator to estimate the amount of the credit* your company may be entitled to based on various assumptions. Try it today.**

You have several service contracts and you’d like to know the total credit amount you could receive? To find out, use the calculator to estimate the credit for each service contract and then add them together.

Applicable credit

$0.00

*Important note: The calculator estimates the amount of the credit, which is for information purposes only. The actual credit applied to your bill may differ from the estimated amount since the rates used to calculate the credit are those in effect at the time of the peak demand event. Your company is solely responsible for implementing the required curtailment measures and fulfilling the conditions of the rate option to receive the credit.

**For winter 2023–2024, two credit structures may be used to calculate the credit. The most advantageous credit structure will apply, that is, the one that gives the highest credit.

Sample calculations with the four-tier credit structure applicable in winter 2023–2024

The following example is based on a 2,100 kW effective interruptible power reduction.

Block of power reduction Applicable credit
($/kW of effective interruptible power)
Power Credit amount
From 10 to 100 kW $75.000 100.0 kW $7,500.00
More than 100 to 400 kW $65.000 300.0 kW $19,500.00
More than 400 to 1,200 kW $60.000 800.0 kW $48,000.00
More than 1,200 kW $55.000 900.0 kW $49,500.00

Applicable credit

$124,500.00

Sample calculations with the five-tier credit structure applicable in winter 2023–2024

The following example is based on a 2,100 kW effective interruptible power reduction.

Block of power reduction Applicable credit
($/kW of effective interruptible power)
Power Credit amount
From 10 to 199 kW $71.025 199.0 kW $14,133.98
More than 199 to 599 kW $65.561 400.0 kW $26,224.40
More than 599 to 1,199 kW $60.098 600.0 kW $36,058.80
More than 1,199 to 1,799 kW $54.635 600.0 kW $32,781.00
More than 1,799 kW $49.171 301.0 kW $14,800.47

Applicable credit

$123,998.65

Structure of the option

When you sign up for the Demand Response Option, the prices and conditions in effect for your base rate continue to apply.

You will receive a credit if you reduce your power demand during peak demand events at Hydro-Québec’s request.

Before each peak demand event, your designated contacts will be notified via email of the date and time the event will start and end.

At the end of the winter period, you will receive a credit determined based on blocks of power demand reduction for each kilowatt (kW) of effective interruptible power, provided that the reduction threshold of 10 kW is reached and you lower your power demand during all but a maximum of four peak demand events. This credit will be applied to your bill no later than the end of the third billing cycle following the winter period.

Changes to the credit structure

The credit tiers have been revised. For winter 2023–2024, the credit to which your company could be entitled will correspond to the structure that’s most advantageous for your company—the one that will give the highest credit.

Four-tier credit structure*

Block of power reduction Applicable credit
($/kW of effective interruptible power)
From 10 to 100 kW $75.000
More than 100 to 400 kW $65.000
More than 400 to 1,200 kW $60.000
More than 1,200 kW $55.000

*In keeping with the Régie de l’énergie ruling D‑2023‑061. This table can in no way replace the addendum to the Electricity Rates Effective April 1, 2023, entitled the The Demand Response Option [PDF – 122 kB].

Five-tier credit structure*

Block of power reduction Applicable credit
($/kW of effective interruptible power)
From 10 to 199 kW $71.025
More than 199 to 599 kW $65.561
More than 599 to 1,199 kW $60.098
More than 1,199 to 1,799 kW $54.635
More than 1,799 kW $49.171

*In keeping with the Régie de l’énergie ruling D‑2023‑131. This table can in no way replace the addendum to the Electricity Rates Effective April 1, 2023, entitled the The Demand Response Option [PDF – 122 kB].

Detailed explanation of the credit

A report detailing the credit applied to your electricity bill will be added to your company’s Customer Space or large‑power customer portal, as applicable. Titled Details of the credit applied to the bill, the report can only be viewed by the account managers or representatives who are duly authorized to make changes to the Demand Response Option. For large-power customers, only the person who oversees access authorizations and the individuals designated by that person will have access to the report.

Sample report (2022–2023)

Calculation of effective interruptible power
Peak demand events Reference power (kW) Real power demand (kW) Power reduction (kW)
2022-12-22 – 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. 4,000 2,800.0 1,200
2023-02-01 – 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. 4,000 3,000.0 1,000
2023-02-03 – 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. 4,000 3,900.0 100
2023-02-03 – 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 4,000 3,000.0 1,000
2023-02-23 – 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. 4,000 3,012.2 987.8
2023-03-01 – 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. 4,000 3,600.0 400
2023-03-02 – 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. 4,000 4,000.0 0
2023-03-07 – 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. 4,000 3,650.0 350

Calculation of credit at the end of the winter period

  • If you are unable to reduce your power demand during more than four peak demand events, you will not be entitled to a credit.
  • Your effective interruptible power must be at least 10 kW. Otherwise, dynamic pricing may be a better fit for your company.
  • If we do not send you any peak demand event notifications during the winter period, we will grant you a credit equivalent to the lesser of the following values:
    • 15% of the contract’s maximum power demand for the winter period multiplied by $66.000 per kilowatt or
    • $20,000
  • The amount of your credit will be confirmed no later than the end of the third billing cycle following the winter period in question. A report detailing the credit applied to the bill will be added directly to the Customer Space of customers with contracts at rates DP, DM, G, G9 or M, and in the large-power customer portal for Rate LG customers.
  • Hydro-Québec reserves the right to deduct any amount you owe from the credit.

Groupe Robert

Close to $500,000

credit on its electricity bills since it began participating in the Demand Response Option

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IGA Convivio

Close to $70,000

credit on its electricity bill last winter

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