We don't want you to give up the comforts you love. That's why we're always working towards a way for you to live better while saving on your energy bill. Advantage Power Pricing (APP) gives you options to do just that.
Originally launched May 1, 2015, this program has been improved with new options and features, and extended to run until March 31, 2019. Customers can register until the program is fully subscribed (expected in March 2018), and can end their participation in this voluntary program at any time.
We're providing this program to empower customers to take charge of their electricity bills — you don't have to give up comforts to save on energy costs, you just have to pick the program that best fits your lifestyle, so that savings come naturally. You can even get an incentive on a smart thermostat!
Ideal if you're a shift worker or have an electric vehicle, APP-Overnight gives you a window (12:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m.) with an extra low rate for electricity. On-peak rates are somewhat higher to compensate for this discount and provide even more incentive to shift some of your electricity consumption to Off-peak and Super Off-peak periods.
Advantage Power Pricing – Overnight: Weekday price schedule
Current Time-of-Use: Winter weekdays (November 1, 2017 - April 30, 2018)
To help maximize your savings from the program, Alectra Utilities offers support to provide additional features for smart thermostats while helping the electricity system avoid high peaks. You can get an incentive of $75 by enabling this feature through your smart thermostat (Honeywell, Energate, Nest, or ecobee). This feature will also make it easier to reduce your costs by automatically adjusting your thermostat during higher-priced periods. You are able to override these adjustments.
A limited number of eligible customers could receive free installation of a new Energate Foundation thermostat instead of the $75 incentive.
Visit our APP Technology page for more information.
September 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018 is a risk-free trial period. During this period, you will be able to develop savings from participating in APP-Overnight by taking advantage of the new rates associated with the trial. At the end of Phase 1, you will receive a bill credit for the amount that you’ve saved, up to a maximum of $500. If APP-Overnight would have cost you more, you’re protected. You only have to pay your regular bill from Alectra Utilities according to standard Time-of-Use rates.
During the period of March 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019, your electricity costs will be based on APP-Overnight rates. On your monthly reports, you’ll be able to see how these costs compare to TOU rates, and understand whether your bill is higher or lower each month depending on when you used electricity.
While your regular Alectra Utilities bill will still show costs under Time-of-Use rates, there will be an adjustment on your next bill that will match the cost shown on your monthly report. For example, you will receive your first monthly APP report for the period beginning March 1 in mid-April/early May. The report will indicate how much you saved for that period. Your next Alectra Utilities bill will be adjusted by the amount indicated on the previous months's report.
While we designed this program to create opportunities for customers to reduce their electricity costs, some customers could pay more. Customers are advised to monitor their bill savings and electricity consumption profile using their monthly report and the web portal, and assess opportunities to shift consumption to lower-priced periods. These tools can inform customers whether to stay in or opt-out of the program. Customers are not obligated to stay in the program and can opt-out at any time.
Summer and winter rate periods
People use electricity differently depending on the season, so we established two sets of Time-of-Use rate periods: summer and winter. No matter which season, on weekends and holidays the lowest rates are in effect all day. For the APP-Overnight plan, this means the Off-peak rate is in effect all day on weekends and holidays, except 12:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m. when the Super Off-peak rate is in effect. Prices in Advantage Power Pricing may change on May 1, 2018 to coincide with any changes to Ontario’s Regulated Price Plan. Customers will be informed in advance of any changes to the plan.
The charts below show when standard APP-Overnight rates apply in summer (May 1-October 31) and in winter (November 1-April 30).
May 1 – October 31
In summer, electricity use peaks during the hottest part of the afternoon, when air conditioners are running on high. On-peak hours are mid-day.
November 1 – April 30
In winter, less daylight means electricity use peaks twice: once in the morning when people wake up and turn on their lights and appliances, then again when people get home from work. There are two sets of On-peak hours to reflect this.
For more detailed information, please review the additional resources below:
- APP-Overnight Participant Brochure
- APP General Terms and Conditions
- APP Thermostat Installation Terms and Conditions
- APP Enrolling Existing Thermostat Terms and Conditions
- APP Impact and Process Evaluation: Winter 2015/2016 and Summer 2016
This is one of a series of pilots under way across Ontario led by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) whose mandate is to promote a sustainable and efficient energy sector that provides consumers with reliable energy services at a reasonable cost. With the participation of utilities and their customers, the OEB’s goal with these pilots is to test different electricity price plans designed to give greater consumer control and help Ontario’s power system run more efficiently.