Fuel Adjustment Mechanism (FAM)

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Fuel Adjustment Mechanism (FAM)

What is the FAM?

The fuel adjustment mechanism ensures that power rates reflect the actual cost of fuel, not a forecast.

At the end of each year, rates are adjusted to reflect the true cost of fuel, meaning they could go up or down if the actual cost of fuel differed from the forecast. Customers pay only the true cost of fuel used to produce electricity – no more, no less.


This schedule is a mandatory rider to all electric rate schedules, except the following tariffs: Generation Replacement and Load Following, Extra High Voltage Time-of-Use Real Time Pricing, High Voltage Time-of-Use Real Time Pricing, Distribution Voltage Time-of-Use Real Time Pricing. FAM adjustments will apply to the Standard Energy Charge of the Extra Large Industrial 2P-RTP tariff. FAM adjustments will apply to Additional Energy supplied under the Mersey System Agreement when Additional Energy is priced at a tariff to which FAM adjustments apply.


The applicable charges by rate class for the calendar year 2016 effective on and after January 1st, are as follows.

Rate Class Actual Adjustment ("AA") in cents per kWh  Balance Adjustment ("BA") in cents per kWh  FAM AA/BA Combined IN CENTS PER KWH
Domestic Service 0.367
Domestic Service Time-of-Day 0.367 -0.213 0.154
Small General 0.308 -0.308
General 0.271 -0.089 0.182
Large General 0.007 -0.026 -0.019
Small Industrial 0.211 -0.109 0.102
Medium Industrial 0.016 0.018 0.034
Large Industrial Firm
0.011 0.117 0.128
 Large Industrial Interruptible
0.011 0.097 0.108
Municipal 0.331 -0.142 0.189
Unmetered 0.222 -0.221 0.001


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Tariffs, rates and descriptors shown are for information purposes only. Official tariffs as per Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board approved Rates and Regulations schedules.