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Ontario extends deferral of global adjustment charges


June 9, 2020
By Government of Ontario (edited)

The province of Ontario extended an emergency order to provide electricity bill relief for industrial and commercial consumers during COVID-19, deferring a portion of global adjustment charges until the end of June 2020.

The original emergency order was first introduced on May 1, 2020 to defer a portion of the Global Adjustment charges from April and May 2020. Through the extended emergency order and a related regulatory amendment, this extended support was announced on May 30, 2020.

This relief is intended to prevent a marked increase in Global Adjustment charges due to the low electricity demand caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Without this emergency order, a small industrial or commercial consumer (i.e., Class B) could have seen bills increase by 15 per cent or more. This emergency order will hold GA rates in line with pre-COVID-19 levels.

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The GA rate for smaller industrial and commercial consumers (i.e., Class B) has been set at $115 per megawatt-hour, which is roughly in line with the March 2020 value. Large industrial and commercial consumers (i.e., Class A) will receive the same percentage reduction in GA charges as Class B consumers.

Subject to the approval of subsequent amendments, deferred costs would be recovered over a 12-month period beginning in January 2021.