How to Read Your Bill

We understand that your electric bill is sometimes hard to understand.

There are many required elements that we must include on your bill for transparency that are mandated by the Ontario Energy Board. Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro also bills your water and sewer charges on behalf of the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. All water and sewer charges have separate line items.

Your Bill Explained

We have created a document that helps to explain the different components of your bill as well as the different terminology used on your actual printed bill. The average electrical bill for a residential customer with a monthly consumption of 800kWh would be approximately $112.55. It doesn’t all go to Niagara-on-the-Lake Hydro though (numbers are approximate as of Jan 1, 2017):

  • 60% – Generation – Covers the cost to generate the electricity that you use and is passed through to generators.
  • 19% – Distribution – This amount goes to NOTL Hydro to deliver electricity to your home or business.
  • 5% – Transmission – Pays for the system that carries electricity from generators to the NOTL grid.
  • 4% – Regulatory – Covers the cost of the system procurement and planning along with some social programs.
  • 12% – HST – Tax
  • NOTE – We did not take the 8% Provincial Rebate into consideration in these numbers.