Legacy Time-of-Use Billing

(For customers enrolled in Time-of-Use Billing prior to Dec. 1, 2017) 

The following information pertains to Central Hudson's Time-of-Use Billing Program for customers enrolled prior to Dec. 1, 2017. This version is not accepting new applications. If you wish to enroll in our current Time-of-Use billing program, click here  

Time-of-Use Service is an optional billing method for residential customers to purchase their electricity base on when the actual use of electricity occurs. Pricing for Time-of-Use Service is lower for electricity use during periods of low overall electric demand (off-peak hours) and higher during periods of higher electric demand (on-peak hours). By shifting the consumption of electricity to periods of lower demand, you may take advantage of lower-cost energy.

How does Time-of-Use Billing work?
Customers who use Time-of-Use Billing have special meters installed at their homes that measure how much and when electricity is used. Customers are billed on-peak and off-peak rates for the Energy Delivery charge, and on and off-peak rates for the Market Price Charge and Market Price Adjustment. Participants will receive an annual letter that compare total charges for their usage under the Time-of-Use and standard rates.

What are the peak hours?
Customers can choose from three time periods for their weekday, on-peak usage: 1) 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 2) 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., or 3) 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The on-peak and off-peak rates are the same for all three periods. All weekends and six major holidays per year (New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas) are considered off-peak.

Can I sign up for a short time and then switch back to a standard rate?
Customers must sign on for a minimum of one year.

What is the difference between the two rates?
The chart below compares on- and off-peak charges under the Time-of-Use program, and standard residential electric charges:

Billing Line Items Time-of-Use Charges Standard Residential Charges
Customer Charge
Energy Delivery charge, per kWh  
On-peak energy delivery charge, per kWh
Off-peak energy delivery charge, per kWh
Base MFC Administration Charge
Base MFC Supply Charge
Electric Bill Credit
Market Price Charges  
Market supply charges
On-peak market price charge
120% of standard charge
Off-peak market price charge
89% of standard charge

All other billing charges that apply to both standard and Time-of-Use rates are the same.

How does Central Hudson calculate the peak and off-peak supply charges?
Using historical supply prices and load research data to understand how each type of customer uses electricity, Central Hudson calculated price usage ratios. The time-of-use rates are expressed as percentages of the standard residential supply rate, which changes each month, in contrast to delivery rates which are stable and set through regulatory procedures wtih New York state.

Will this save money on my bill?

It takes a significant commitment to limit energy to the off-peak period. In order to realize a savings, you must use approximately 42 percent of your electricity during off-peak hours, depending on your monthly usage (see the chart, below). Changes in market prices for electricity may require higher levels to be used during off-peak hours in order to realize savings and avoid higher charges. Even if you can change your lifestyle to fit on of the off-peak time periods, only a few days of elevated on-peak usage could eliminate any potential savings and may result in higher charges than using standard rates. You may be able to limit your on-peak use during on season, however varying weather conditions and daylight changes may make it difficult during others.

How much energy must be used during off-peak hours?

The following provides examples of the proportion of electricity that must be used during off-peak hours to break even under the program at various levels of total electric use per month, using base delivery rates effective July 1, 2019 and ECAM rates for the 12 months ending June 2019:

Total Monthly usage: 1000 kWh 1250 kWh 1,500 kWh 1,750 kWh 2,000 kWh
Percent needed to be used during 
off-peak hours to break even
42% 41% 41% 41% 40%

For example, a resident enrolled in the Time-of-Use program using 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month and shifting 42 percent of their electricity use to off-peak hours will pay the same amount under standard residential electric service and the Time-of-Use program. Using more electricity during off-peak hours will provide savings as compared to the standard rates, while using less than 42 percent will result in higher charges.

How do I sign up?
Central Hudson is not accepting new applications for this version of the Time of Use Program. To sign up for the new program on or after Dec. 1, 2017, click here

Does this apply to non-residential customers?
Large electric-usage customers are required to participate in the Company’s hourly pricing program when purchasing supply from Central Hudson, which is different than time-of-use billing. Medium size commercial and industrial customers can opt for the hourly pricing program.