A time period during which Hydro‑Québec has determined that electricity demand will be very high. There may be 25 to 33 events per winter, at most, for a maximum of 100 hours in all.
Period from December 1 through March 31 of the next year, inclusive.
Total amount of electricity supplied at a given time. Expressed in kilowatts (kW), power is the combined effect of voltage, expressed in kilovolts (kV), and current, expressed in amperes (A).
Power a customer requires to meet energy needs at a given time. The higher the customer’s energy consumption at a given time, the higher the power demand.
Power used by electrical equipment over a given period of time. Expressed in kilowatthours (kWh), energy is calculated as power, expressed in kilowatts (kW), multiplied by the time during which the power is used, expressed in hours (h).
Minimum amount billable for electricity service even if little or no electricity has been used in the billing period.
A set amount, expressed in dollars per month or cents per day depending on the rate, to be paid monthly the electricity service itself.
The expression “fixed charge” has been replaced by “system access charge” as of April, 2019.