Temporary Dispensation Program – kWh Billing Allowed in Canada

Temporary Dispensation Program

The Temporary Dispensation Program is a new initiative by Measurement Canada. This program allows electric vehicle charging stations in Canada to bill customers based on the amount of electricity they use, measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh). This change aims to make the billing process more transparent and fair for electric vehicle drivers. The purpose of this Program is to address the continued use and oversight of unapproved electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) already deployed in the Canadian marketplace.

This program allows owners of level 1, level 2, and level 3+ EVSE used in both commercial and non-commercial applications to continue using these meters for billing purposes. It is subject to specific conditions that ensure accurate measurement of electricity consumption. The program aims to provide a temporary solution until the devices are either removed from service, type approved by Measurement Canada, or until the program expires on January 1, 2030, whichever comes first.

What is KWh (kilowatt-hour)?

Under the Temporary Dispensation Program, electric vehicle charging stations are now allowed to bill customers based on the amount of electricity they consume, measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh). But what exactly is a kilowatt-hour?

A kilowatt-hour is a unit of energy that represents the amount of electricity used over time. It is calculated by multiplying the power (in kilowatts) by the time (in hours) during which the electricity is used. For example, if an electric vehicle charges at a rate of 6 kilowatts for 2 hours, it would consume 12 kilowatt-hours of electricity (6 kW x 2 hours = 12 kWh).

The Temporary Dispensation Program recognizes the importance of measuring and billing electric vehicle charging based on kWh, as it provides a more accurate representation of the energy consumed by each driver. 

Why is KWh Billing Better & Transparent ? You Pay For What You Take Not Time.

The Temporary Dispensation Program’s adoption of kWh billing for electric vehicle charging stations brings several benefits, making it a more transparent and fair system for all parties involved. Here are some key advantages of kWh billing:

  • Accurate Billing: With kWh billing, we charge drivers for the exact amount of electricity they consume, ensuring that they pay only for what they use. This approach eliminates the possibility of overcharging based on the time spent at the charging station.
  • Fairness: KWh billing ensures fair billing for drivers, regardless of the speed or efficiency of their vehicle’s charging system. This is particularly important for DC fast charging, where charging speeds can vary significantly between vehicles.
  • Transparency: By billing in kWh, charging stations can provide clear and detailed information to drivers about their energy consumption, making it easier for them to track and manage their costs.
  • Efficient Use of Charging Stations: KWh billing incentivizes drivers to move their vehicles once they have reached a sufficient charge, promoting more efficient use of charging stations and reducing congestion.
  • Alignment with Global Standards: The adoption of kWh billing in Canada brings the country in line with global standards for electric vehicle charging, facilitating a more seamless and consistent experience for drivers across different regions.

The Temporary Dispensation Program support for kWh billing is a significant step towards creating a more customer-centric and efficient electric vehicle charging ecosystem in Canada.

How To Register For KWh Filling?

Owners seeking temporary dispensation for Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3+ Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) must complete and submit the “Application for Temporary Dispensation – Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment” form along with all required supporting documents. These can be sent via email to mcdispensation‑dispensemc@ised‑isde.gc.ca or mailed/submitted in person to a local Measurement Canada (MC) office.

We advise owners applying for dispensation for more than fifty (50) EVSE units to provide the necessary device information in a spreadsheet.

The application form must include the following details:

  • Business and contact information
  • Site and location information
  • Device information

Additionally, owners must submit the following documents with their application:

  1. For Level 1 or Level 2 EVSE put into service before January 1, 2024: Accuracy test results for each type of device listed on the form, demonstrating that the meters dispense energy within an acceptable error margin of ±3%. Individual device test results are not required, but each type of EVSE must be tested.
  2. For Level 3+ EVSE put into service between July 1, 2024, and December 31, 2029: Accuracy test results for each type of device listed on the form, demonstrating an error margin of ±3%. As with Levels 1 and 2, you do not need to provide individual device test results, but you must test each type.
  3. For Level 3+ EVSE put into service before July 1, 2024: Accuracy test results for each type of device listed on the form, where testing methods are available.
  4. A signed and dated Declaration of Acceptance of the Terms and Conditions.
  5. A signed and dated indemnification statement.

Owners can obtain the required test results by:

  • Conducting their accuracy testing using methods and standards acceptable to Measurement Canada.
  • Providing documentation from the device manufacturer, such as a letter or report, confirming the accuracy of the EVSE type based on the manufacturer’s evaluation program.

How Can YoCharge Support KWh Billing Under Temporary Dispensation Program?

As electric vehicle charging station owners transition to kWh billing under the Temporary Dispensation Program, YoCharge’s comprehensive Charging Management System (CMS) offers a seamless and integrated solution to support this change. YoCharge’s EV CMS features full compatibility with kWh billing, accurate metering, real-time monitoring, customizable pricing structures, and a user-friendly interface for drivers. Our system ensures transparent and fair billing, flexible rate setting, and efficient management of charging services.

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