A great rate for residential and farm customers
As shown in the table below on the rate structure, Rate D is made up of a fixed charge, the system access charge, and a variable amount reflecting your energy consumption, divided into two tiers. The first tier is billed at a lower price than the second tier.
More kilowatthours at the lowest price
From 1978 to March 31, 2017, the 1st tier was set at 30 kWh a day, or 900 kWh a month. Between April 1, 2017, and April 1, 2019, it was gradually increased from 30 to 40 kWh a day. This is advantageous for small consumers, especially low-income households that use electricity for heating.
The 10 kWh a day that have been gradually added to the 1st tier translate into:
- Up to 300 kWh a month billed at a lower price
- Up to almost 35% in savings
Structure of Rate D
- System access charge for each day in the consumption period: 40.64¢
- Price applicable to energy consumed up to 40 kWh times the number of days in the consumption period (1st tier): 6.08¢/kWh
- Price applicable to remaining energy consumed (2nd tier): 9.38¢/kWh
Rates in effect April 1, 2019. This table does not replace the Electricity Rates document in any way whatsoever.How to read your Rate D bill
Rates generally have three components that reflect the actual costs incurred by Hydro‑Québec to provide electricity service.
System access charge
Electricity rates also include other components
Credit for supply at medium or high voltage
Hydro‑Québec grants a supply credit of 0.241¢ per kilowatthour to Rate D customers to whom it supplies electricity at 5 kilovolts or higher.
The domestic rates, like the other rates, assume that electricity will be supplied at low voltage. Customers who have equipment to step down the voltage of the electricity they are supplied, or who use electricity at medium or high voltage, represent reduced costs for Hydro‑Québec. In return, they are granted a monthly credit.