The Ontario government has announced the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit will provide eligible customers a 10 per cent rebate on the total cost of electricity charges related to electricity consumption on their bills including HST, effective with electricity consumed January 1, 2011. This rebate will be in effect for five years until December 31, 2015.
The government estimates Ontarians will be faced with a 46 per cent increase in home electricity costs over the next five years to pay for much needed electricity system upgrades. The Ontario Clean Energy Benefit will help customers manage the rising cost of electricity.
What is changing?
Beginning September 1, 2012, the 10 per cent rebate will be applied to the first 3,000 kilowatt hours of electricity consumed per month. With the 3,000 kilowatt hour per month cap in place the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit will continue to provide a full 10 per cent rebate to almost all residential consumers, while allowing small businesses and farms to continue to receive the benefit on the first 3,000 kilowatt hours they use.
A typical family of four people uses, on average, 800 kilowatt hours per month and will continue to receive the full rebate of 10 per cent off their electricity bill.
Who is exempt from the cap?
A medical exemption [BROKEN LINK] from the 3,000 kilowatt hour per month cap is available for accounts in which a person living at the premises uses medical equipment that requires electricity and has been prescribed by a health practitioner.
Who is Eligible?
Residential and seasonal customers are eligible for the rebate, as well as farm and small business customers as long as they do not use more than 250,000 kWh annually.
Customers eligible for the Regulated Price Plan (RPP) two-tiered prices and Time-of-Use (TOU) prices are eligible for this rebate, including retailer enrolled customers and customers on spot market pricing as long as they would otherwise be RPP eligible.
For more information, go to www.ontario.ca/energyplan or call 1-888-668-4636.