The Régie de l’énergie has ruled that only customers whose electricity is provided at single-phase 120/240 volts (200 A and less) and who are not billed for power demand may opt out. These customers represent nearly all of our residential customers.
Only about 1 % of our residential customers have a service entrance of 400 amperes, which is generally used by small businesses and small industrial customers. In cases where power demand is billed, Hydro-Québec must read the meter on a monthly basis. The opt-out alternative only calls for three readings per year.
Note that only about 2 % of customers have opted out.