Northern Industrial Electricity Rate Program

The Northern Industrial Electricity Rate (NIER) Program assists Northern Ontario’s largest industrial electricity consumers to reduce energy costs, sustain jobs and maintain global competitiveness. The NIER program is part of the government's plan to strengthen the economy and support a dynamic and innovative business climate that attracts investment and helps create jobs.

NIER program participants receive a rebate of two cents per kilowatt hour, with individual rebates capped at 2011-12 consumption levels, or $20 million per year per company – whichever is lower. On average, industrial electricity prices can be reduced by up to 25 per cent through the program.

Participants are required to develop and implement an energy management plan to manage their energy usage and reduce costs.

Who Can Participate?

The Extended Northern Industrial Electricity Rate (NIER) Program is open to current participants (those participants who were enrolled in the program from 2010 to 2013 and entered into a NIER Program agreement prior to December 14, 2012).

Applications of participants in the Original NIER Program who are not current participants will now be accepted and assessed. It is expected that the NIER Program budget ($120 million/year for 3 years) will be fully allocated upon the participation of these two categories. 

The NIER program is now accepting new applications for participation.  These will be considered and evaluated in the order in which they are received if sufficient program funding becomes available (>$1M).

Please see the NIER - Program Rules and the NIER – Application Form for further details on program requirements, eligibility criteria and the application process.

Do You Have Questions?

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