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Time-of-Day (TOD) Residential Electric Pricing - Effective October 2018

Fort Collins Utilities is transitioning to Time-of-Day (TOD) electric pricing for all residential customers in October 2018. With TOD pricing, when you use electricity is as important as how much electricity you use. The price you pay (see TOD pricing below) changes based on the time of day and includes off-peak and on-peak hours. Off-peak hours cost less than what you currently pay with higher prices during on-peak hours. Price comparison of average TOD pricing to current electric rates.

The transition to TOD pricing is a rate structure change and not a rate increase. Utilities does not anticipate additional revenue based on TOD prices.

Here's How It Works

TOD has two levels of pricing: off-peak and on-peak, and two seasons: non-summer and summer. Off-peak hours cost approximately 30 percent less than current electric rates. On-peak prices are approximately three times higher than off-peak prices because that's when both demand and utility costs for electricity increase.

  • Off-peak: 19-20 hours each weekday, all weekend hours and major holidays*
  • On-peak non-summer (October-April) hours: 5-9 p.m., weekdays only
  • On-peak summer (May-September) hours: 2-7 p.m., weekdays only

TOD pricing is similar to the way you pay for other services, including rideshare programs (Uber, Lyft) and matinee movies, with costs that vary based on off-peak and on-peak times.

*Major holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas


Time of Day Clocks
Why Transition to TOD?

The cost of electricity fluctuates throughout the day based on supply and demand—with prices going up as customer demand increases (think hot summer afternoons with increased AC use or evening hours when people are arriving home from work and turning on lights and using more appliances).

As electric use (demand) increases, so do utility costs to purchase and distribute it. TOD prices reflect the varying costs of electricity (known as off-peak and on-peak hours) and provide a more equitable way to charge customers.

The decision to change to TOD pricing was the result of a multi-year process of deliberation, pilot study and public input through City Council and Energy Board meetings.

In our pilot study, TOD pricing also resulted in a reduction of the overall amount of electricity used by the community. Details: 2015-2016 TOU Pilot Study (PDF 639KB)


Off-Peak and On-Peak Hours

TOD has two levels of pricing: off-peak and on-peak, and two seasons: non-summer and summer. On-peak prices are higher than off-peak prices because that's when both demand and utility costs for electricity increase. 

People are coming home from work, turning on their air conditioners, TVs, ovens, appliances, etc. An increase in rates during on-peak times reflects the higher costs to purchase and distribute power during that time.

Off-peak hours: 19-20 hours each weekday (depending on the season), all weekend hours and the six major holidays, including New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas

  • See below pricing links for specific prices

On-peak non-summer (October-April) hours: 5-9 p.m., weekdays only

  • See below pricing links for specific prices

On-peak summer (May-September) hours: 2-7 p.m., weekdays only

  • See below pricing links for specific prices

TOD Pricing

Fort Collins Utilities is working to verify rate assignments based on whether a residence is heated entirely by non-electric heat sources (gas furnaces or gas boilers) or all-electric heat sources (electric baseboards or electric heat pumps). 

Residential customers with gas furnaces or gas boilers (approximately 90+ percent of customers) will be on the TOD Rate as shown below. See rate comparisons.

Residential customers with electric baseboards or electric heat pumps (those with all-electric heat homes without gas heating) will be placed on the Electric Heat TOD Rate as shown in the 'TOD Pricing - Electric Heat Customers' section.

TOD Rate (Includes PILOTs*)
This rate applies to all residential customers who have a gas furnace or gas boiler that serves as the primary heat source.

Examples:

  • Residences heated with a gas furnace for any portion of the home.
  • Residences heated by hot water baseboards via a gas boiler.
  • Residences heated by a geothermal or mini-split heat pump without backup electric baseboard heat.
Effective in October 2018
Fixed Charge
Paid by all customers each month
$6.16

Summer
May-September

On-Peak
Monday-Friday
2-7 p.m.

23.45¢ / kWh
Off-Peak
All other hours, weekends and holidays
6.63¢ / kWh
Non-Summer
October-April
On-Peak
Monday-Friday
5-9 p.m.
21.05¢ / kWh
Off-Peak
All other hours, weekends and holidays
6.45¢ / kWh

Tier Charge
Additional charge for all kWh used in excess of 700 kWh in any month

1.76¢ / kWh

*PILOTs: A 6 percent payment in lieu of taxes that is calculated on electric, water and wastewater rates. PILOTs are a payment to the City's general fund to replace revenue the City would have received from the utility in taxes and franchise fees if the utility were privately owned.

Only the primary heating source determines the type of TOD rate for customers, not solar (PV), electric vehicle charging or other factors.

TOD Pricing - Electric Heat Customers

Fort Collins Utilities is working to verify rate assignments based on whether a residence is heated entirely by non-electric heat sources (gas furnaces or gas boilers) or all-electric heat sources (electric baseboards or electric heat pumps).

Residential customers with electric baseboards or electric heat pumps (those with all-electric heat homes without gas heating) will be placed on the Electric Heat TOD Rate, as shown below, without a tier charge for use over 700 kWh. See rate comparison.

Customers with gas furnaces or gas boilers will be placed on the TOD Rate as shown in the above 'TOD Pricing' section. 

Electric Heat TOD Rate (Includes PILOTs)
This rate applies to all residential customers with electric-resistive (all-electric) heating as the primary heat source for the home.

Examples:

  • Residences heated solely by electric baseboard heaters.
  • Residences heated by an electric heat pump through a central duct system.
  • Residences heated by a geothermal or mini-split heat pump with backup electric baseboard heat.
Effective in October 2018

Fixed Charge
Paid by all customers each month

$6.16

Summer
May-September

On-Peak
Monday-Friday
2-7 p.m.
24.09¢ / kWh
Off-Peak
All other hours, weekends and holidays
7.27¢ / kWh
Non-Summer
October-April
On-Peak
Monday-Friday
5-9 p.m.
21.68¢ / kWh
Off-Peak
All other hours, weekends and holidays
7.08¢ / kWh
Tier Charge
Additional charge for all kWh used in excess of 700 kWh in any month
0

*PILOTs: A 6 percent payment in lieu of taxes that is calculated on electric, water and wastewater rates. PILOTs are a payment to the City's general fund to replace revenue the City would have received from the utility in taxes and franchise fees if the utility were privately owned.

Only the primary heating source determines the type of TOD rate for customers, not solar (PV), electric vehicle charging or other factors.

TOD Pricing - Solar Credits

Residential Solar

Solar PV (net-metered) customers will continue to receive credits for solar energy returned to the grid, based on the off-peak and on-peak hours as shown below.

Fort Collins Utilities is currently working to verify TOD rate assignments based on whether a residence is heated entirely by non-electric heat sources (gas furnaces or gas boilers) or by all-electric heat sources (electric baseboards or electric heat pumps).

Only the primary heating source determines the type of TOD rate for customers, not solar (PV), electric vehicle charging or other factors.

Residential customers with gas furnaces or gas boilers (approximately 90+ percent of customers) will be on the TOD Rate. Residential customers with electric baseboards or electric heat pumps (those with all-electric heat homes without gas heating) will be placed on the Electric Heat TOD Rate.

TOD Rate  Electric Heat TOD Rate 
This rate applies to all residential customers who have a gas furnace or gas boiler that serves as the primary heat source. This rate applies to all residential customers with electric-resistive (all-electric) heating as the primary heat source for the home.

Examples:

  • Residences heated with a gas furnace or boiler for any portion of the home.
  • Residences heated by hot water baseboards via a gas boiler.
  • Residences heated by a geothermal or mini-split heat pump without backup electric baseboard heat.
Solar Credits

Examples:

  • Residences heated solely by electric baseboard heaters.
  • Residences heated by an electric heat pump through a central duct system.
  • Residences heated by a geothermal or mini-split heat pump with backup electric baseboard heat.
Solar Credits
Summer
May-September
On-Peak
Monday-Friday
2-7 p.m.

-22.13¢ / kWh

Summer
May-September

On-Peak
Monday-Friday
2-7 p.m.
-22.72¢ / kWh
Off-Peak
All other hours, weekends and holidays
-6.26¢ / kWh Off-Peak
All other hours, weekends and holidays
-6.85¢ / kWh
Non-Summer
October-April
On-Peak
Monday-Friday
5-9 p.m.
-19.86¢ / kWh Non-Summer
October-April
On-Peak
Monday-Friday
5-9 p.m.
-20.45¢ / kWh
Off-Peak
All other hours, weekends and holidays
-6.08¢ / kWh Off-Peak
All other hours, weekends and holidays
-6.68¢ / kWh

Credits for returned energy do not have a tiered rate component.

Only the primary heating source determines the type of TOD rate for customers, not solar (PV), electric vehicle charging or other factors.

 

Community Solar

Community Solar customers will continue to receive credits for solar energy returned to the grid by the Riverside array, based on the off-peak and on-peak hours as shown below. 

Community Solar TOD Rate 
  Community Solar Credits 

Summer
May-September 

On-Peak
Monday-Friday
2-7 p.m. 

-21.14¢ / kWh

Off-Peak
All other hours, weekends and holidays 

-5.27¢ / kWh

Non-Summer
October-April 

On-Peak
Monday-Friday
5-9 p.m. 

-18.87¢ / kWh

Off-Peak
All other hours, weekends and holidays

-5.10¢ / kWh

Credits for returned energy do not have a tiered rate component.

When TOD Prices Will Be Reflected on Utility Bills

TOD prices will be reflected on your November utility bill based on your October/November electric use. 


When You Use Electricity Matters

As electric use increases during on-peak times, so do the costs to purchase and distribute it. TOD prices reflect the varying costs of electricity throughout the day and provide a more equitable way to charge customers.

During the non-summer months (October-April), costs and electricity use are highest in the early evening due to lighting and heating.

In summer months (May-September), costs and electricity use are highest in the late afternoon and early evening hours due to air conditioning.

Electricity prices are lower on nights and weekends when demand is lower and the cost to provide energy is less expensive.


Tips to Save Money By Shifting and Reducing Your Use

TOD pricing gives you the flexibility to control your electric bill:

  • Shift your electric use to off-peak times.
  • Use less during on-peak hours.
  • Reduce your overall use.

Consider these simple actions:

  • Run your clothes dryer and dishwasher in the morning, later in the evening/night or on weekends.
  • Pre-heat your home before 5 p.m. in the non-summer months, and pre-cool it before 2 p.m. during summer months.
  • Charge electronics and electric vehicles overnight.
  • Do laundry in the morning or on weekends
  • Unplug electronics and devices that are not in use.
  • Use programmable thermostats to better control heating and cooling costs (Energy.Gov recommends setting thermostats to 78° in the summer and 68° in the winter).
  • Make meals that don't require the oven.
  • Use fans during the on-peak hours of the summer instead of air conditioning.
  • Install LED light bulbs, and be sure to turn them off when not needed.

Learn about our efficiency and conservation programs, services, rebates and home energy audits.

Remember, it’s not just about using less electricity, it’s also about using it at the right time of day.


Need Help Paying Your Bill?

Fort Collins Utilities partners with local organizations to provide efficiency, conservation and bill payment assistance programs, including the Payment Assistance Fund and Income-Qualified Assistance Program, through our Affordability Portfolio.


How Your Bill Will Look

The electric line item descriptions on your bill will be associated with your off-peak and on-peak energy use. If the billing period crosses between a non-summer and summer month, your bill will breakout the use for each season according to the different prices.

We will post bill samples as soon as they are available.