The Ontario Energy Board (the "Board"), with the support of Hydro Ottawa, implemented the Ontario Smart Price Pilot project in early August 2006. The pilot was designed to help the Board better understand the degree to which Ontario consumers change their electricity consumption behaviour with smart meters and "time-of-use" (TOU) prices in advance of the province's plan to provide smart meters to all homes and small businesses by 2010.
The project helped provide participating consumers with more information on how they better manage electricity consumption by shifting usage to off-peak periods.
The Board formed three separate groups of Hydro Ottawa consumer volunteers with smart meters, looking for potential consumption differences between those charged according to:
standard Regulated Price Plan TOU pricing;
RPP TOU pricing + critical peak pricing (CPP), and;
RPP TOU pricing + critical peak rebates (CPR).
A Final Report with the results was presented on July 26, 2007.
This web page also includes references to other TOU pricing pilots of other Ontario electricity distributors that the Board has approved.