When You Use Energy Matters

Beginning this year new residential pricing plans, called Time of Use, are available.  You have a choice of plans with different time periods.  With Time of Use pricing plans, or TOU, it’s important to be aware of when you use energy. 

Make your choice in My Account

You can log into My Account to see your current pricing plan cost comparisons and to make a selection of new plan, or elect to remain on your current plan. 

When you log into My Account click on “Bills and Payments” and then “Compare Pricing Plans.”  You can select a new plan by clicking on “Enroll in This Plan.”  Or keep your current plan by clicking on “Keep current plan.”

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Now, it's about when you use energy too

With the new Time of Use pricing plans, each day is broken into on-peak and off-peak time zones (and sometimes even super off-peak), with energy costing less during the off-peak hours. During on-peak hours, the grid is working harder than usual to produce energy, making the cost of electricity go up. By shifting more of your energy use to off-peak hours, and by staying under 130% of your baseline, you’ll pay less on your monthly bill.

The switch to Time of Use pricing is happening as part of a statewide initiative to help give everyone more choices on energy pricing.

Baseline is still important

The electricity you use in a month is broken up into two tiers, or usage levels. As you use electricity during the month, you start in your baseline.  If you use more energy than your baseline plus 30%, you move to the next level and the price goes up.

The baseline allowance is calculated based on your climate zone, if you use natural gas for water and space heating, and the time of year. Click here for a more detailed explanation of baseline.

How Time of Use and baseline work together

It’s important to understand that TOU is not replacing the baseline system, but rather, working in combination with it. Your energy prices have both a time period component and a baseline component.   

Here are the current winter prices for the Standard residential rate and the residential TOU rates.

Winter Prices
November 1, 2018 - May 31, 2019

Baseline and TOU chart

 

Summer Prices
June 1, 2018 - October 31, 2018

Baseline and TOU

Time of Use plans

TOU plans give you two ways to save – by shifting your electricity use to lower cost hours of the day or by reducing your overall usage. Shifting your electricity use means that you don’t have to stop using energy during on-peak hours, just change when you do things. For example, do laundry and run your dishwasher during the less expensive non-peak hours.

Here are three TOU plans for your home.  TOU-DR1 and TOU-DR2 include one year no-risk pricing, with some restrictions.  Check the terms and conditions in My Account if you select one of these plan.

Time of Use (TOU-DR1)

A good option for people who have greater flexibility over when they use energy.

  • The TOU-DR1 plan breaks your day into three periods: on-peak, off-peak and super off-peak.
  • Your energy costs will be higher during the on-peak hours from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • The off-peak and super off-peak hours change by weekdays, weekends and holidays to give you more super off-peak prices.
  • Save by keeping your energy use below 130% of your Baseline Allowance and shifting your energy use to non-peak hours.

TOU-DR1 Chart

Time of Use (TOU-DR2)

A good option for people who have some flexibility over when they use energy.

  • The TOU-DR2 plan breaks your day into two periods: on-peak and off-peak.
  • Your energy costs will be higher during the on-peak hours from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • The on-peak and off-peak hours stay the same every day of the week.
  • Save by keeping your energy use below 130% of your Baseline Allowance and shifting your energy use to off-peak hours.

TOU-DR2 chart

Time of Use PLUS (TOU-PLUS)

A good option for people who can reduce their on-peak energy use on days when the region's energy use is higher.

  • The TOU-PLUS plan breaks your day into three periods: on-peak, off-peak and super off-peak, plus Reduce Your Use times on critical days.
  • Less expensive pricing than other plans in exchange for your commitment to participate on Reduce Your Use days when they are called.
  • Your energy costs will be most expensive during the Reduce Your Use hours of 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on a Reduce Your Use day (max 18 days/avg 5 days per year).
  • On normal days, your energy costs will be higher during the on-peak hours from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • The off-peak and super off-peak hours change by weekdays, weekends and holidays to give you more super off-peak prices.

TOU-Plus chart

Manage your energy use for savings

Here are a few ways to manage your energy use and find savings for your home:

  1. Sign up for text or email alerts.
  2. Analyze your home’s energy use with the energy management tool.
  3. Get rebates when updating and replacing home appliances.
  4. Look for low cost ways to save around your home.