O. Reg. 95/05: CLASSES OF CONSUMERS AND DETERMINATION OF RATESSkip to content
Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998
Classes of Consumers and Determination of Rates
Historical version for the period August 21, 2020 to December 21, 2020.
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This is the English version of a bilingual regulation.
1. In this Regulation,
“generation station service” means energy withdrawn from a distribution system or the IESO-controlled grid to power the on-site maintenance and operation of a generation facility; (“électricité consommée par les centrales”)
“holiday” means New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Civic Holiday, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day and, if any of those days falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the weekday next following that day that is not one of those days; (“jour férié”)
“interval meter” means a meter that measures and records electricity use on at least an hourly basis or a time-of-use meter that is capable of providing data on at least an hourly basis; (“compteur par intervalles”)
“weekday” means any Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday that is not a holiday. (“jour de semaine”) O. Reg. 95/05, s. 1; O. Reg. 494/10, s. 1.
2., 3. Revoked: O. Reg. 58/08, s. 1.
Class of consumers, s. 79.16
4. (1) Revoked: O. Reg. 494/10, s. 2 (1).
(2) On and after November 1, 2009, the following are prescribed as the class of consumers for the purposes of subsection 79.16 (1) of the Act:
1. Low-volume consumers.
2. A consumer who has a demand of 50 kilowatts or less.
3. A consumer who has an account with a distributor, if the account relates to,
i. a dwelling,
ii. a property as defined in the Condominium Act, 1998,
iii. a residential complex as defined in the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006, or
iv. a property that includes one or more dwellings and that is owned or leased by a co-operative as defined in the Co-operative Corporations Act.
4. A consumer who annually uses at least 150,000 but not more than 250,000 kilowatt hours of electricity.
5. A consumer who has an account with a distributor if the consumer,
i. carries on a business that is a farming business for the purposes of the Farm Registration and Farm Organizations Funding Act, 1993, and
ii. holds a valid registration number assigned under that Act or the consumer’s obligation to file a farming business registration form was waived pursuant to an order made under subsection 22 (6) of that Act. O. Reg. 58/08, s. 1; O. Reg. 115/09, s. 1 (2); O. Reg. 494/10, s. 2 (2, 3).
Prescribed date, s. 79.16
5. April 1, 2005 is the prescribed date for the purpose of clause 79.16 (1) (b) of the Act. O. Reg. 95/05, s. 5.
Determining rates, s. 79.16
6. (0.1) In this section,
“Standard Supply Service Code” means the “Standard Supply Service Code for Electricity Distributors” issued by the Board. O. Reg. 460/20, s. 1 (1).
(1) For the purpose of clause 79.16 (1) (b) of the Act, the Board shall determine rates in the following manner:
1. The Board shall determine rates in a manner that is consistent with the Standard Supply Service Code.
2. The first rates determined by the Board shall remain in effect for not less than 12 months. The Board shall determine separate rates after that time for periods of not more than 12 months or for such shorter time periods as the Minister may direct.
3. In determining the rates, the Board shall forecast the cost of electricity to be consumed by the consumers to whom the rates apply, taking into consideration adjustments required under section 25.33 of the Electricity Act, 1998 and shall ensure that the rates reflect those costs.
4. In determining rates commencing May 1, 2011, the Board shall set an off-peak period associated with the regulated price referred to as RPEMOFF in section 3.4 of the “Standard Supply Service Code”,
i. that begins no later than 7 p.m. on every weekday and ends,
A. no earlier than 7 a.m. on the next day if the next day is a weekday, or
B. no earlier than 12 a.m. on the next day if the next day is Saturday, Sunday or a holiday, and
ii. that begins no later than 12 a.m. on every Saturday, Sunday and holiday and ends no earlier than,
A. 12 a.m. on the next day, if the next day is Saturday, Sunday or a holiday, or
B. 7 a.m. on the next day if the next day is a weekday. O. Reg. 95/05, s. 6 (1); O. Reg. 494/10, s. 3 (1); O. Reg. 460/20, s. 1 (2, 3).
(2) The times of day set out in subparagraphs 4 i and ii of subsection (1) are in central standard or daylight saving time or eastern standard or daylight saving time, whichever is then prevailing in the particular location in Ontario. O. Reg. 494/10, s. 3 (2).
(3) Despite paragraph 4 of subsection (1), the Board may set different off-peak periods for the purpose of such electricity price pilot projects as it specifies. O. Reg. 476/16, s. 1.
(4) The rules set out in subsection (1) respecting the determination of rates by the Board that apply on and after November 1, 2020 are subject to a requirement that the Board require distributors to permit consumers prescribed under subsection 4 (2) that would otherwise be charged time-of-use prices for electricity under section 3.4 of the Standard Supply Service Code to elect instead to be charged tiered prices for electricity under section 3.3 of that Code. O. Reg. 460/20, s. 1 (4).
(5) The exercise of the election described in subsection (4) is subject to any conditions that may be specified by the Board. O. Reg. 460/20, s. 1 (4).
Exemptions, s. 79.16
7. (1) Clause 79.16 (1) (b) of the Act does not apply to a consumer in respect of electricity retailed to the consumer by Fort Frances Power Corporation pursuant to its obligations under section 29 of the Electricity Act, 1998 for the volume of electricity supplied to Fort Frances Power Corporation by Abitibi-Consolidated Hydro Limited Partnership. O. Reg. 494/10, s. 4 (1).
(2) Revoked: O. Reg. 494/10, s. 4 (2).
(3) Subsection 79.16 (1) of the Act does not apply to a consumer with respect to generation station service. O. Reg. 95/05, s. 7 (3).
Criteria for purpose of s. 79.16 (4) (b)
8. (1) For the purposes of clause 79.16 (4) (b) of the Act,
(a) the criterion is that the consumer must file a written statement in accordance with clause 79.16 (4) (a) of the Act, if before November 1, 2009, the consumer is not a low-volume consumer or a consumer otherwise referred to in subsection 4 (2); or
(b) the criteria are, if the consumer is a low-volume consumer or a consumer otherwise referred to in subsection 4 (2),
(i) the consumer must file a written statement in accordance with clause 79.16 (4) (a) of the Act, and
(ii) the statement must relate to a property for which an interval meter, that measures the amount of electricity used, is used for billing purposes. O. Reg. 115/09, s. 2.
(2) A consumer who on or before March 31, 2005 meets the criteria of subsection 79.4 (2) of the Act shall be deemed to meet the criteria set out in subsection (1). O. Reg. 95/05, s. 8 (2).
9. Omitted (provides for coming into force of provisions of this Regulation). O. Reg. 95/05, s. 9.