General Service Business Rates

How we calculate the rate you're charged

For business customers, the rate that you're charged for electricity will depend on your annual peak demand and total annual energy usage.

Small General Service customers

The Small General Service rate is for business customers with an annual peak demand less than 35 kW. They receive service under rate schedules 1300, 1301, 1310, or 1311 of the Electric Tariff. Knowing how to read your Small General Service bill is a good way to manage your electricity usage.

Basic Charge

A small, daily charge that partially covers the fixed cost of services for things such as metering and billing.

$0.2347 per day.
Energy Charge $0.1116 per kWh.

Minimum Charge

$0.2347 per day.

Equal to Basic Charge.

Discounts

1.5% on entire bill if electricity is metered at primary potential.

$0.25 per kW if customer supplies transformation from a primary to a secondary potential.

If eligible for both, the 1.5% discount is applied first.

Rate Rider

The Rate Rider covers additional and unpredictable energy costs resulting from, for example, low water inflows or higher-than-forecast market prices.

 

5% Rate Rider applied to all charges before taxes and levies.

 

Medium General Service customers

The Medium General Service rate is for business customers with an annual peak demand between 35 and 150 kW, and that use less than 550,000 kWh of electricity per year. They receive service under rate schedules 1500, 1501, 1510, or 1511 of the Electric Tariff. Knowing how to read your Medium General Service Rate bill is a good way to manage your electricity usage.

The MGS Rate has special considerations for accounts less than a year old and those experiencing unusual changes in energy usage. See the Medium General Service rate guide [PDF 64 KB] for details.

Basic Charge

A small, daily charge that partially covers the fixed cost of services for things such as metering and billing.

 

$0.2347 per day.

Demand Charge

The rate electricity is used, typically measured in kilowatts (kW). Peak demand is the highest rate of electricity use during a period of time.

$0 per kW for first 35 kW.

$5.72 per kW for next 115 kW.

$10.97 per kW for remaining kW.

Energy Charge

How you pay for your total energy use is split into two parts. In Part 1, you pay for your baseline amount of energy (your account's average energy usage during the month).  

In Part 2, you receive a credit for using less electricity than your baseline, or a charge for using more.

Part 1

$0.1030 per kWh for the first 14,800 kWh of your baseline.

$0.0719 per kWh for remaining kWh up to baseline.

Part 2

$0.1009 per kWh for usage up to 20% above baseline.

$0.1009 per kWh for savings down to 20% below baseline (credit).

Usage or savings beyond 20% of baseline are based on Part 1 prices.

Minimum Charge Equal to 50% of the highest Demand Charge during the previous November 1 to March 31 period. The Basic Charge, Minimum Energy Charge, and Demand Charge are replaced by the Minimum Charge if their sum is less than this amount.
Minimum Energy Charge $0.0343 per kWh applies when the Energy Charge (Part 1 and 2) divide by the total kWh is less than $0.0343 per kWh.

Power Factor Surcharge

A measure of efficiency, and the ratio of usable power (kW) to reactive power (kVar) in a circuit. It varies between 0 and 1, and is normally given as a percentage (1 to 100%). We apply a power factor surcharge to business customers whose power factor drops below 90%.

Learn more about power factor

 

Applicable if power factor is below 90%.

Discounts

1.5% on entire bill if electricity is metered at primary potential.

$0.25 per kW if customer supplies transformation from a primary to a secondary potential.

If eligible for both, the 1.5% discount is applied first.

Rate Rider

The Rate Rider covers additional and unpredictable energy costs resulting from, for example, low water inflows or higher-than-forecast market prices.

5% Rate Rider applied to all charges before taxes and levies.

 

Large General Service customers

The Large General Service rate is for business customers with an annual peak demand of at least 150 kW, or that use more than 550,000 kWh of electricity per year. They receive service under rate schedules 1600, 1601, 1610, or 1611 of the Electric Tariff. Knowing how to read your Large General Service Rate bill is a good way to manage your electricity usage.

The LGS Rate has special considerations for accounts less than a year old and those experiencing unusual changes in energy usage. See the  Large General Service rate guide [PDF 71 KB] for details.

Basic Charge

A small, daily charge that partially covers the fixed cost of services for things such as metering and billing.

 

$0.2347 per day

Demand Charge

The rate electricity is used, typically measured in kilowatts (kW). Peak demand is the highest rate of electricity use during a period of time.

$0 per kW for first 35 kW.

$5.72 per kW for next 115 kW.

$10.97 per kW for remaining kW.

 

Energy Charge

How you pay for your total energy use is split into two parts. In Part 1, you pay for your baseline amount of energy (your account's average energy usage during the month).

 

In Part 2, you receive a credit for using less electricity than your baseline, or a charge for using more.

Part 1

$0.1114 per kWh for first 14,800 kWh of your baseline.

$0.0536 per kWh for remaining kWh up to baseline.

Part 2

$0.1009 per kWh for usage up to 20% above baseline.

$0.1009 per kWh for savings down to 20% below baseline (credit).

Usage or savings beyond 20% of baseline are based on Part 1 prices.

Minimum Charge Equal to 50% of the highest Demand Charge during the previous November 1 to March 31 period. The Basic Charge, Minimum Energy Charge, and Demand Charge are replaced by the Minimum Charge if their sum is less than this amount. 
Minimum Energy Charge $0.0343 per kWh applies when the Energy Charge (Part 1 and 2) divide by the total kWh is less than $0.0343 per kWh.

Power Factor Surcharge

A measure of efficiency, and the ratio of usable power (kW) to reactive power (kVar) in a circuit. It varies between 0 and 1, and is normally given as a percentage (1 to 100%). We apply a power factor surcharge to business customers whose power factor drops below 90%.

Learn more about power factor

 

Applicable if power factor is below 90%.

Discounts

1.5% on entire bill if electricity is metered at primary potential.

$0.25 per kW if customer supplies transformation from a primary to a secondary potential.

If eligible for both, the 1.5% discount is applied first.

Rate Rider

The Rate Rider covers additional and unpredictable energy costs resulting from, for example, low water inflows or higher-than-forecast market prices.

 

5% Rate Rider applied to all charges before taxes and levies.

Please note that in the event of differences between the details noted here and the official Electric Tariff issued by BC Hydro, the official Electric Tariff will prevail.