The vast majority of our customers will pay less with the minimum payment.
Currently, despite the annual fixed charge of approximately 40 cents a day (or about $12 per month for a contract), the electricity consumption of certain addresses, such as cottages that are closed for the winter, is insufficient to cover service costs (system maintenance, billing, customer services, etc.). As a result, all consumers are required to pay the costs not covered by those uses.
It was within this context that the principle of the minimum payment was presented to the Régie de l’énergie. The Régie accepted Hydro-Québec’s proposal to replace the annual fixed charge with the minimum bill. The terms still need to be determined but the change will be implemented progressively.
Once the minimum bill is in effect, even if the electricity consumption for an address does not reach the minimum amount, it is nevertheless what will be billed for that address.
However, for the vast majority of customers whose bill normally exceeds the minimum amount, the annual fixed charge will be eliminated and they will therefore pay $12 less on their bill.