Explanation Of Electricity Terms On Your
Electricity: This is the cost of
the electricity supplied to you during this billing period
and is the part of the bill that is subject to competition.
The electricity consumed is multiplied by the adjustment factor*.
Rideau St.Lawrence Distribution collects this money and pays this
amount directly to our suppliers.
*When electricity is delivered over a power line, it is normal
for a small amount of power to be consumed or lost as heat.
Equipment, such as wires and transformers, consumes power
before it gets to your home or business. The adjustment factor
accounts for these losses.
Regulatory Charges: Regulatory
charges are the costs of administering the wholesale electricity
system and maintaining the reliability of the provincial grid.
Delivery: These are the costs of
delivering electricity from generating stations across the
province to Rideau St.Lawrence Distribution, then to your home or
business. This includes the costs to build and maintain the
transmission and distribution lines, towers and poles, and
operate provincial and local electricity systems. A portion
of these charges are fixed and do not change from month to
month. The rest are variable and increase or decrease depending
on the amount of electricity you use.
Debt Retirement Charge: The debt
retirement charge pays down the debt of the former Ontario Hydro.
Provincial Benefit: The price of generation in Ontario is
set by a competetive market. Certain generators receive payments
through regulation or contract that differ from the market
price. Your portion of the net adjustment arising from these
different payments is included on your bill. This amount may
be a credit or a charge to you, depending on the current provincial
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