As you stated, the roll out of next-generation meters will lead to recurrent savings of $81 million annually. These savings will have a positive impact on rate changes. However, other factors can lead to rate increases, like wind energy purchases or the particularly cold winter last year. That why Hydro-Québec requested a rate increase of 1.7% this year.
Aside from rates, temperature variations and changes in your consumption habits can affect your bill. See the five main factors that influence the amount of your electricity bill.
It should also be noted that these past two winters were particularly cold. In 2015, 50 days were colder than normal, which lead to increased consumption for the majority of our customers. That’s not the case this year!