If you think your power bills are high now, wait until 2018

Power Bills

The cost of your monthly electrical bills will be going up May 1st but that’s not the end of it. Customers can expect multiple increases every year until 2018. At that point you’ll be paying 45 percent more than you did in 2013.

The increases were announced three years ago. You’ll see your bills increase twice a year until 2018. The May 1st increase will add about $3.13 a month on the average bill.

Time-of-use electricity prices will jump half-a-cent to 18 cents a kilowatt hour for peak periods, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, starting May 1.

The rates are up slightly less for mid-peak periods — between 7 and 11 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. — at 13.2 cents a kwh.

Off peak rates — in effect from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and all day weekends and holidays — are up less than half a cent to 7.7 cents a kwh.

In 2013, the average bill was $125 (that’s just power consumption, it does not include water, taxes and delivery charges) Once you factor in those charges the monthly bill was more in the $250 a month range.

Next year the average power consumption per household will be $170 and by Spring of 2018, that will increase to $178. Again, when factoring in the other charges that bill raises to over $300 a month.  In 2019, the rates are expected to decrease but only slightly, to $177 a month (power only) and by 2030 the average power bill will be pegged at $205 a month.

Consumers are getting anxious about the mounting utility costs. The PUC in Sault Ste. Marie has issued more late notices than ever before, many complaining that their monthly bills are equal to a average mortgage payment.

Premier Kathleen Wynne said the new on-peak/off-peak rate differential should encourage conservation which ultimately helps keep bills down.


  1. yes our bills is way to high, no thanks to our government, he rises our tax and make us paid in for his bills also, he doesn’t try to help his peoples, he only help himself, and his party people they keep on getting rich, wild we break our bones and try to make a living, he doesn’t think about us poor people who try to keep up with everything, he should give us aless a 20% more in our money,

  2. The cost of power is going up for two reasons mainly gross mismanagement of the energy file by the Liberals and incompetence at OPG.

    I’ve already posted this, but for those who missed it, read the auditor general’s report on liberal mismanagement of the energy file.

    “Lysyk found that between 2006 and 2014, Ontarians paid $37 billion over the market price for electricity. Prices for residential usage has gone up 70 per cent over the same time period and the province has made a habit of ignoring expert advice in pursuing costly energy initiatives..”



    It also doesn’t help that executives at OPG have severely neglected maintenance of infrastructure for decades. Now so much work needs to be done to upgrade the grid it’s going to cost a fortune, which is why the Liberals are selling off assets in power generation. The executives at OPG have been extremely generous to themselves and employees over the years rewarding themselves financially instead of using the money for maintenance.

    I suggest everyone contacts the great David O, maybe if he gets enough complaints he will actually have to get off his ### and do something.

    [email protected]

  3. PUC is going up now because we didnt use enough this past winter. LOL you can have it both ways on this side of the looking glass, who knew? I doubt this government is legit but if there are people voting liberal thanks a whole lot. What a bright future you’ve created. I’m sure ontario looks like north korea from space at night (dark if you miss the reference )

  4. well I think we are getting mixed messages .yesterday we were told our power is going up because we didn’t use enough this winter .now wynne is telling us that the price is rising so it will encourage us to conserve. just goes to show the corruption of the power companies and the provincial goverment

  5. Why is there so much concern about conserving power when we have 10 times the amount that we need?
    Which, by the way is sold to the USA as “excess” power at pennies on the dollar.
    Are they going to start sending a tube of lube with each bill as there is no question that we are getting royally dry humped!
    The same goes for gasoline and other fuels for cooking and warmth.

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