Global Adjustment Optimization Program

Proactively Reduce Your Energy Bill Up To 70%

Harness the power of energy efficiency and reduce your carbon footprint to achieve your sustainability goals by strategically reducing your consumption during any of Ontario’s five peak hours. As a “Class A” business, you have the opportunity to substantially decrease your energy bill – up to 70%. Active Business Services empowers your organization with valuable insights into peak probability, energy consumption, and the potential for significant cost savings.


Electricity is Expensive at Times

It’s crucial to have peak response strategies in place to take advantage of the times you can significantly save in the market. For over 95% of the year, your electricity cost is low – but for a few short hours, your electricity becomes extremely expensive. Success in lowering your energy usage costs depends on your peak response strategies. Active Business Services helps you understand when these expensive periods will happen so you can curtail your usage and capture large savings.

What You Can Expect

At Active Business Services, we deliver industry-leading peak notification accuracy with minimal alerts. Simply choose your preferred method of communication - from text, email, to phone calls,  with streamlined communications by adding multiple users to your account. Plus, view comprehensive forecasting data and make.

We partner closely with your business to pinpoint the most effective and impactful ways to curtail your energy consumption that’s tailored specifically to your industry. We bring unique insights and proven techniques to help you achieve your energy efficiency goals.

Throughout the peak season, we keep you informed with regular updates on your curtailment performance - ensuring you're always aware of your energy saving progress. Get custom-developed PDF summaries, developed with consulting expertise.

With our precise, tailored approach in identifying peak periods and effective curtailment strategies, we provide cost savings estimates for the upcoming year. Our forecasting capabilities allow your business to plan ahead and optimize your energy management strategies effectively.

Complimentary Assessments Tailored for Your Business

Active Business Services will build a no cost customized peak notification assessment for your facility, outlining the potential Global Adjustment “Class A: cost savings.

With Active’s expertise, we have experienced substantial savings in our Global Adjustment costs. Within 3 years of partnering with them, Norfolk Fruit Growers has managed to save over $530,000 in Global Adjustment savings. Their innovative solutions and strategies have allowed us to optimize our energy consumption and reduce costs significantly.

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Historical Savings by Industry for “Class A” Customers


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* Example data from Active Business Services – contact us for more information.

Our Process

Active Business Services helps you start saving in just a few steps.

Eliminate Guesswork with Expert Guidance

Simplify the energy landscape and make informed decisions with our consultative approach. Active Business Services offers guidance tailored to your unique energy needs.

If you believe your business is overpaying for the cost of energy, Active Business Services can offer a robust and accurate peak prediction service to large volume consumers to help manage consumption and maximize Global Adjustment cost savings each year.

Global Adjustment (GA) was created as a result of Ontario’s 2009 Green Energy Act, and is a fee billed to all hydro customers in the province. The charge is included on all of consumer’s monthly electricity bills to cover the costs of providing adequate generating capacity and conservation programs throughout Ontario.

The Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI) is a government program introduced by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) to reduce the costs of managing Ontario’s electricity infrastructure. In exchange for reducing electricity usage during the top 5 peak hours each year, large volume consumers are able to reduce their Global Adjustment costs by approximately $500,000 per MW. Larger businesses who are eligible to participate in the ICI program are categorized as ‘Class A’ and their monthly GA charges are based on their electricity demand during the top five hours of system peak from the previous base period.

Everyone in Ontario who uses electricity pays for Global Adjustment. Residential, commercial, and industrial consumers are all assessed GA, which varies each month depending on what’s happening in the real-time energy markets. Most commercial consumers are categorized under “Class B” Global Adjustment. These consumers pay a monthly posted Global Adjustment (GA) rate that is calculated by the IESO. Larger businesses who are eligible to participate in the Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI) are categorized as ‘Class A’ and their monthly GA charges are based on their electricity demand during the top five hours of system peak from the previous base period.

Most commercial consumers are categorized as Class B and have an average monthly peak demand between 50 kW and 1000 kW (1 MW). Manufacturers with an average monthly peak demand greater than 500 kW, and any consumer greater than 1 MW are eligible to enroll as a Class A consumer in the ICI program.

When it comes to the price of electricity, Ontario consumers face two components: the Hourly Ontario Energy Price (HOEP) and Global Adjustment (GA). The Global Adjustment is used to fill the gap between the price as determined in the wholesale market (HOEP) and the price necessary to cover contracted generation. If GA goes up then HOEP goes down and vice versa. The wholesale price of electricity changes hourly based on its demand and the availability of supply.

The GA is calculated each month as a total dollar amount based on the difference between market revenues and the following areas:
  • Wind
  • Solar
  • Biomass, Landfill and Byproduct
  • Hydro
  • Nuclear
  • Natural Gas
  • Industrial Electricity Incentive (IEI) Program
  • Ontario Power Generation – Regulated Nuclear and Hydro
  • Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation – Non-Utility Generation
  • Conservation Programs
  • Funds and Financing
The time-of-use and tiered electricity rates charged by your electricity company include an estimate of the Global Adjustment.

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Let us show you how simple it is to receive accurate and timely peak notifications for curtailment that results in annual savings.