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WHICH RATE IS RIGHT FOR YOUR BUSINESS?


Commercial customers using between 32,000 and 45,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity per year can choose between the Small General (Rate 10) and General (Rate 11) tariff.

  • Switching from Rate 10 to Rate 11 could provide savings if you use more than 32,000 kWh per year and do not have large equipment such as compressors or refrigeration units. (Link to Frequently Asked Questions)
  • Switching from Rate 11 to Rate 10 may be the best option to save money if your business has an uneven electricity use pattern – often referred to as a low “load factor”. (Link to Frequently Asked Questions)

To help determine which rate is best for your business, just enter your previous year’s electricity usage into the calculator. You will see how much your past energy usage would cost at current prices under both rate classes.
It’s important to note, that changes in how much electricity you use – and how much you use at any one time – will vary your actual result.

You can access your past electricity usage data by logging onto MyAccount

COMPARE YOUR RATE CALCULATOR


Month
Energy Used
(kWh)
Demand
(kW)
Rate
Base/
Demand
Charge
1st 200 kWh
per Month
All Additional kWh
Total
Month 1
 
 
RATE 10
RATE 11
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
Month 2
 
 
RATE 10
RATE 11
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
Month 3
 
 
RATE 10
RATE 11
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
Month 4
 
 
RATE 10
RATE 11
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
Month 5
 
 
RATE 10
RATE 11
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
Month 6
 
 
RATE 10
RATE 11
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
Month 7
 
 
RATE 10
RATE 11
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
Month 8
 
 
RATE 10
RATE 11
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
Month 9
 
 
RATE 10
RATE 11
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
Month 10
 
 
RATE 10
RATE 11
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
Month 11
 
 
RATE 10
RATE 11
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
Month 12
 
 
RATE 10
RATE 11
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
Clear Data CALCULATE
Rate 10 Total: $0.00
Rate 11 Total: $0,0.00
Month
Energy Used
(kWh)
Demand
(kW)
Rate
Base/
Demand
Charge
1st 200 kWh
per Month
All Additional kWh
Total
Bill 1
 
 
RATE 10
RATE 11
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
Bill 2
 
 
RATE 10
RATE 11
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
Bill 3
 
 
RATE 10
RATE 11
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
Bill 4
 
 
RATE 10
RATE 11
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
Bill 5
 
 
RATE 10
RATE 11
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
Bill 6
 
 
RATE 10
RATE 11
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00
Clear Data CALCULATE
Rate 10 Total: $0.00
Rate 11 Total: $0,0.00

If you wish to switch your rate class, just complete the request form here.

FAQs


Rates


Where can I learn more about “demand meters,” “demand charges,” and “load factor”?

We have information, video tutorials, and a downloadable brochure at www.nspower.ca/demandmeters.

Why not automatically put all customers using less than 45,000 kilowatt-hours per year on the Small General rate?

For some customers presently on Rate 11, switching to Rate 10 would increase their electricity bills. That’s why we wanted to provide customers with choice. 

We understand that electricity consumption can change over time which is why customers can switch twice during a 24-month period.

Why is this choice only available to customers using between 32,000 and 45,000 kilowatt-hours per year?

This program was implemented to provide choice to small- to medium-sized business owners who, in some cases, limited ability to vary their electricity consumption patterns.

Can you please tell me which rate class would be better for me?

You can use our calculator to compare the two rates based on your historic use over the last year. While NS Power can provide advice, this is a decision eligible customers must make for themselves. Depending on how much electricity you use – and how much you use at any one time – one rate may have an advantage over the other. If you change how your business uses electricity, it might change which rate is more cost effective.

2020 Rate comparison:

 

 Base ChargeDemand Charge / kW1st 200 kWh per MonthAll additional kWh
Small General (Rate 10)$12.65n/a$0.16350$0.14536
General (Rate 11)n/a$10.497$0.12276$0.08997

 

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