These are trying times for all residents and businesses in Oshawa as COVID-19 continues to spread, but Oshawa power remains open.
Recently the provincial government announced a reduction in the cost of power to reflect off peak rates 24 hours per day. The province is providing temporary 45-day emergency relief to support Ontarians impacted by the global COVID-19 outbreak.
As of Tuesday, March 24, households, farms and small businesses who pay time-of-use (TOU) electricity rates will be charged off-peak rates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
This change will generate savings for residential, small commercial and farming customers who are currently paying time of use rates. It is expected this will save the average residential TOU consumer about $24.00 over the 45-day period, and about $300.00 for a small commercial TOU customer.
No action is required by electricity consumers: this change will be applied automatically for everyone paying TOU rates, for electricity consumed starting at 12 a.m. EST on March 24.
“We are offering Oshawa customers payment flexibility and financial assistance and have suspended all disconnections until further notice. We want to give our customer’s the peace of mind that there are options for them and we will keep the power flowing. This combined with the province’s decision to temporarily reduce the price per kWh will give our customers some much-needed relief,” says Ivano Labricciosa, President and CEO of Oshawa Power.
Oshawa customers will start receiving their bills in April that will reflect TOU rates. Consumption used after March 24 will be at the rate of 10.1¢, 24 hours/day for the next 45-days, or until May 9.
Oshawa Power is encouraging any customers who have been affected by the COVID-19 virus and need assistance with their hydro accounts to contact their office to discuss options.
The office is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and can be reached by calling 905-723-6623, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org