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.

As of on April 1, 2017, the SGS basic charge increases slightly to better reflect our fixed costs of services for things such as metering and billing. However, to offset this increase, there will be a corresponding decrease to the Energy Charge for your electricity use.

Basic Charge

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

$0.3312 per day.
Energy Charge $0.1139 per kWh.

Minimum Charge

$0.3312 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

As of April 1, 2017, the Medium General Service (MGS) rate has changed. Learn more about the new MGS rate.

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.

Basic Charge

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

$0.2429 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.

$4.92 per kW.

Energy Charge

$0.0880 per kWh.

Minimum Charge

A charge that covers the costs of maintaining our equipment during the winter for customers with high electricity usage in the winter but low electricity usage in summer.

Equal to 50% of the highest Demand Charge during the previous November 1 to March 31 period. The Basic Charge, Energy Charge, and Demand Charge are replaced by the Minimum Charge if their sum is less than this amount.

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

As of April 1, 2017, the Large General Service (LGS) rate has changed. Learn more about the new LGS rate.

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.

Basic Charge

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

$0.2429 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.

$11.21 per kW.
Energy Charge $0.0550 per kWh

Minimum Charge

A charge that covers the costs of maintaining our equipment during the winter for customers with high electricity usage in the winter but low electricity usage in summer.

Equal to 50% of the highest Demand Charge during the previous November 1 to March 31 period. The Basic Charge, Energy Charge, and Demand Charge are replaced by the Minimum Charge if their sum is less than this amount. 

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.