Street Lighting Service Rates

In some cases, customers will be charged a flat rate amount each month for their electricity use because it's not practical for us to bill some customers using a meter. A common example is street lighting.

They're on for a set number of hours each day, we know the number of lights, and we know how much electricity each light uses in an hour. So we charge our customers a flat rate amount instead of metering each individual light.

There may be other situations where unmetered rates are suitable for customers. To learn more about special conditions for unmetered rates, refer to the Electric Tariff for these rates.

Customers with Overhead Street Lighting, Public Area Ornamental Street Lighting and Traffic Control Equipment accounts can manage their street lights using the Street Light Information Management System (SLIM).

We provide street lighting service to communities across the province where there are suitable overhead distribution lines. We own and operate these street lights, which are attached to our poles. Customers who require street lighting service from us are billed a flat rate each month, which covers the cost of the light fixture, maintenance and the electricity use.

Customers with overhead street lighting service are billed under Rate Schedule 1701 of the Electric Tariff.

The rate charged each month depends on the wattage of the street light.

Fixture type Per fixture per month
100 watt H.P. sodium vapor unit $18.34
150 watt H.P. sodium vapor unit
$21.88
200 watt H.P. sodium vapor unit
$25.26
175 watt mercury vapor unit $20.16
250 watt mercury vapor unit $23.23
400 watt mercury vapor unit
$29.94
Wattages are lamp watts

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.


The Public Area Ornamental Street Lighting rate is available across the province for customers who own and operate their own street lights that are not attached to our poles. These street lights may be either unmetered or metered.

Customers with public area ornamental street lighting service are billed under Rate Schedule 1702 of the Electric Tariff.

Energy Charge

$0.0353 per watt of billing wattage for each unmetered fixture per month.

$0.1059 per kWh for each metered fixture.

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.


The Street Lighting Service rate is for customers who own and operate their own street lights that are attached to our poles. This rate is closed to new customers.

Customers with street lighting service are billed under Rate Schedule 1703 of the Electric Tariff.

Energy Charge

$0.0353 per watt of billing wattage per month.

Contact Charge

$1.0609 per contact per month.

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.


The Traffic Control Equipment rate is available across the province and is for customers who require lighting for traffic signals, traffic signs and traffic warning devices, and other equipment for controlling or directing vehicle or pedestrian traffic on public highways where the customer owns, installs, and maintains the standards, fixtures, controls and associated equipment. The traffic control equipment may be either unmetered or metered.

Customers with traffic control equipment service are billed under Rate Schedule 1704 of the Electric Tariff.

Energy Charge

$0.1059 per kWh.

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.


The Private Outdoor Lighting rate is for customers who require lighting of private property from dusk to dawn. This rate is closed to new customers and is only available at service locations currently receiving service under this rate.

Customers with private outdoor lighting service are billed under Rate Schedule 1755 of the Electric Tariff.

Where lighting is on a pole that was installed at the customer's expense:

Fixture type Per fixture per month
175 watt mercury vapor unit or replacement 100 watt H.P. sodium vapor unit
$17.19
400 watt mercury vapor unit or replacement 150 watt H.P. sodium vapor unit
$29.63

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.


Where lighting is on a pole that is on public property, or an easement, and is part of BC Hydro's distribution system:

Fixture type Per fixture per month
175 watt mercury vapor unit or replacement 100 watt H.P. sodium vapor unit
$18.26
400 watt mercury vapor unit or replacement 150 watt H.P. sodium vapor unit $30.71

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.


Where lighting is on a pole that was installed on the customer's property by BC Hydro:

Fixture type Per fixture per month
175 watt mercury vapor unit or replacement 100 watt H.P. sodium vapor unit
$22.48
400 watt mercury vapor unit or replacement 150 watt H.P. sodium vapor unit
$35.39

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.


Unmetered service under the Small General Service Rate is available, if allowed by BC Hydro, to customers with an annual peak demand less than 35kW in Rate Zone I and 1B who require lighting, display signs or sign boards during established hours for private property, or for telecommunications infrastructure and other uses where it’s not practical for BC Hydro to install and maintain a meter.

Customers with unmetered service under the Small General Service rate receive service under Rate Schedule 1300 of the Electric Tariff.

Basic Charge

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

$0.3411 per day.

Energy Charge

The energy charge is calculated on the BC Hydro estimated electricity usage, in kWh, over a two month period based on the connected load and the hours to use.

$0.1173 per kWh.

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.


Unmetered service under the Small General Service Rate – Zone II is available, if allowed by BC Hydro, to customers with an annual peak demand less than 35kW in Rate Zone II who require lighting, display signs or sign boards during established hours for private property, or for telecommunications infrastructure and other uses where it's not practical for BC Hydro to install and maintain a meter.

Customers with unmetered service under the Small General Service – Zone II rate receive service under Rate Schedule 1234 of the Electric Tariff.

See a map of BC Hydro rate zones [PDF, 172 KB].

Basic Charge

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

$0.2502 per day.

Energy Charge

The energy charge is calculated on the BC Hydro estimated electricity usage, in kWh, over a two month period based on the connected load and the hours to use.

First 7,000 kWh per month at $0.1190 per kWh.

All additional kWh per month at $0.1981 per kWh.

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 approved Electric Tariff issued by BC Hydro, the approved Electric Tariff will prevail.