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Upstate NY customers can reduce your costs with the voluntary time-of-use rate (SC-1 VTOU) by charging your electric vehicle during the off-peak hours of 11pm to 7am. Most EVs can be easily programmed to charge during these hours using an onboard timer, mobile app, outlet timer, or EV charging station.
This rate has three key features for EV drivers:
To sign up, email us to express interest in the VTOU rate or call 1-800-664-6729, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The following FAQS explain some of the differences between VTOU and TOU. Click here to view a table of this information.
Both rates are designed for customers who can shift their electric use to off-peak time periods.
Supply rates are located here:
TOU Customers are billed for electricity based on kWh usage in the periods outlined in the above question - rates change monthly
VTOUSC1-VTOU customers are billed for electricity based on kWh usage in the periods outlined in the above question. Customers will be charged the lowest delivery and commodity rates during the off-peak period, higher deliver and commodity rates during the on-peak period, and the highest commodity rate during the super-peak period.
Savings are contingent on the customer's ability to shift their use to off-peak time periods.
TOU The Time of Use meter records the consumption as well as the time of day and season of the year in which it is used. The Time of Use rate will likely provide you with a savings if you use at least 2500 kwh/ month and can shift 80% of your electric usage to off peak/off season periods.
VTOU: Yes. Customers will be charged the applicable on-peak and off-peak delivery rates and supply will continue to be billed in accordance with the terms of your ESCo agreement. However, you cannot be enrolled with an ESCo if you want/have the comparison rate.
VTOU National Grid at this time does not have an EV charging rate for MA and RI customers.
The SC-1 VTOU rate includes three rate periods: on-peak, off-peak and super-peak. The hour breakdown is as follows:
SC1-VTOU customers are billed for electricity based on kWh usage in the periods outlined in the above question. Customers will be charged the lowest delivery and commodity rates during the off-peak period, higher deliver and commodity rates during the on-peak period, and the highest commodity rate during the super-peak period.
Each customer’s savings will vary based on factors such as the number of EV miles driven, percent of EV home charging, time the vehicle charges (e.g. on-peak, off-peak, super-peak) and the ability to shift other equipment in the home to off-peak.
For example, a household using 650 kWh per month and 360 kWh per month for off-peak EV charging (approximately 12,000 miles per year) is estimated to save approximately $175 per year.
EV drivers on the SC-1 VTOU rate receiving commodity through National Grid have the option of receiving a one-time comparison of one year of charges on the SC-1 VTOU services versus the SC-1 standard tariff (excluding incremental customer charge of $3.36/month for a new meter and the hedge adjustment component of the Electric Supply Reconciliation Mechanism.) The comparison is based on the 12-month period beginning with the bill period following the Company’s receipt of vehicle registration. If the comparison indicates you would have paid less on the SC-1 standard tariff rate then the Company will provide you with a one-time bill credit for the difference. At that time, and on an annual basis, you may choose to stay on the SC-1 VTOU or leave it.
Please note: eligibility for the one-time reconcilement requires that:
Yes. Customers are required to stay on the rate for one year. At the end of the year customers can opt to move back to SC-1 Standard tariff rate or to the SC-1C Optional Large Time of Use rate.
Yes. SC-1 VTOU customers require a time-of-use meter. SC-1 VTOU customers are charged a monthly $3.36 fee to cover the cost of the enhanced metering necessary to record the usage in the three time periods.
If you are ready to enroll, simply download the enrollment form, fill it out, and return to:
National Grid300 Erie Blvd. WestSyracuse, NY 13202Attn: AMO - C&I
For more details, please email us anytime or call us at 1-800-664-6729, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
You can view a full breakdown of the rate components here.
National Grid at this time does not have an EV charging rate for MA and RI customers. Please check back periodically for updates.