Duquesne Light is now offering time-based electricity supply rates during peak, off-peak, and super off-peak periods for our business customers that own or lease electric vehicles or have an EV charging station at their location. During off-peak and super off-peak periods, the electricity supply rates are lower than the standard default service supply rate and, during the peak time period, the rate is higher. As a reminder, you can select your electric supply from an electric generation supplier (EGS) or Duquesne Light will provide it through one of our default service options.
Make an informed decision
While your business must own or lease at least one EV or have an EV charging station on its premise to enroll in the Business EV Rate, the time-based rate applies to the supply portion for all electricity used on your business’s premise, not just EV charging. If your business is able to shift electric use outside of peak times, this could be a good option for you.
Your business’s cost on this plan will depend on how much electricity your business uses and when it’s used. The graphic below shows how the time-based electricity supply rate will change throughout the day and how it compares to the standard default service supply rate.
Rates are measured in ¢/kWh
The above rates are applicable to small commercial and industrial customers with monthly metered demand less than 25 kW.
Rates for medium commercial and industrial customers with monthly metered demand equal to or greater than 25 kW and less than 200 kW are as follows: 8.39¢ (Peak), 3.72¢ (Off-Peak), and 2.65¢ (Super Off-Peak). For comparison, the standard default service supply rate for these customers is 5.20¢.
The Business EV Rate is a time-based electricity supply offering from Duquesne Light. This means the rate only applies to your supply charges and does not impact any other charges your business may see on its monthly electric bill, such as distribution charges. These supply charges will be listed on the final page of your electric bill, under “Supply Charges,” and will be broken out by peak, off-peak, and super off-peak.
You may compare the supply rates above with DLC’s standard default service supply rate or with offerings from other electric generation suppliers. This rate may not be the right choice for all business customers so review the information carefully.
Enrolling is simple.
If you think the Business EV Rate is right for your business, fill out the enrollment form today. You’ll need a digital copy of your EV registration and/or photos or documentation of the installed charging stations, as well as your DLC online account login information. If you still have questions, please review our frequently asked questions below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Only small and medium-sized businesses with a monthly metered demand of less than 200 kilowatts are qualified for the Business EV Rate. Customers using virtual meter aggregation are not qualified.
After you enroll in the Business EV Rate, you may un-enroll at any time and go back to Duquesne Light’s standard default service supply rate or select an electric generation supplier. Once you un-enroll from the Business EV Rate, you may not re-enroll for 12 months.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Small and medium-sized businesses that lease or own at least one electric vehicle or have an electric vehicle charging station on their premise are qualified for this rate. Customers who are have a monthly metered demand of greater than 200 kilowatts are not qualified for the Business EV Rate.
The potential for savings will vary for each customer and will depend on how much electricity you consume and when you consume it. Review the supply rate for peak, off-peak, and super off-peak times above to determine if this rate could work for you. You may also compare this plan with Duquesne Light’s standard default service supply rate and offerings from other electric generation suppliers.
Eligible customers can enroll by completing our simple online application. . You’ll need your DLC web login information and an electronic copy of your EV registration and/or photos or documentation of the installed charging stations.
No problem! You may un-enroll anytime and return to Duquesne Light’s standard default service supply rate or choose an electric generation supplier. Please note, once you un-enroll in the Business EV Rate, you may not re-enroll for 12 months from the date you moved back to DLC’s standard default service supply rate or switched to an electric generation supplier.
Your supply charges are how much it costs to produce the electricity delivered to your business. These costs appear under “Supply Charges” on the last page of your monthly electric bill and are charged by Duquesne Light or your electric generation supplier (EGS). By default, Duquesne Light supplies your electricity, unless you choose an EGS. The Business EV Rate is a time-based electric supply offering from Duquesne Light and will only impact your supply charges once you enroll.
Just like the standard default service supply rate, these rates are locked in for three months at a time, meaning they may change up to four times per year on June 1, September 1, December 1, and March 1 for commercial and industrial customers with a monthly metered demand equal to or greater than 25 kilowatts and less than 200 kilowatts. Rates for commercial and industrial customers with a monthly metered demand of less than 25 kilowatts change twice a year on June 1 and December 1. The off-peak and super off-peak rates will always be less than the standard default service supply rate, while the on-peak rate will always be higher.
No, it applies to all of your businesses’ electric usage on the same meter as your EV charging, meaning the more usage you’re able to shift to off-peak times, the higher your potential savings.
No. If you choose to enroll in the Business EV Rate, you are not required to install a separate meter.
Yes, you are permitted to install a separate meter so the time-based electric supply rates only apply to your EV charging, while the rest of your business’s load remains on the standard default service supply rate or an ESG offering. There are additional costs associated with installing a separate meter that you would be responsible for, including the electrical work to install a meter socket and housing, as well as a new panel or breaker, as necessary. Also, since this second meter would be a separate account, you would receive a separate bill for this service. This bill will include the customer charges, as well as any other applicable charges as found in and which apply to the respective rate schedule. If you would like to install a separate meter, please contact us at email@example.com for more information.
You’re still eligible to participate in the Business EV Rate. As a net metering customer, you may sometimes generate more electricity than you use.
If you supply more electricity to Duquesne Light than what you have used in a given billing period, the excess kilowatt-hours will be carried forward and credited against your usage in subsequent billing periods using the same on-peak, off-peak, and super off-peak rates corresponding to the time of day the excess electricity was generated. Even when you generate more power than you use, you will still receive a bill for DLC’s customer charge and any other charges, as applicable.
In any month where you use more than you generate, then any previously “banked” excess generation will be applied chronologically, meaning your oldest hours will be applied first to offset your usage. Annually, you’ll be compensated for any excess kilowatt-hours generated over the amount of kilowatt-hours we delivered.
For more information about net metering at DLC, please visit our net metering frequently-asked questions page.
Yes. Please visit here to learn more about our WholeHome EV Rate for residential customers.