Hydro-Québec announced today that it would freeze electricity rates beginning 2020-2021 season. Beginning on April 1st, 2020, Hydro-Québec customers across the board will save a total of $1 billion dollars.\nAccording to Hydro-Québec's official press release, the rate freeze is coming after Bill 34, "which will guarantee low electricity rates and simplify the rate-setting process".\nOver the next five years, Hydro-Québec won't be filing a rate adjustment with the Régie de l’énergie, which have heavily scrutinized the corporation's annual expenditures, according to TVA Nouvelles.\nI spoke with Gary Sutherland, Senior Strategic Councillor for Hydro-Québec, to help us better understand how these savings will affect the average residential customer.\nMr. Sutherland explained that the tariff freeze was decided after much negotiation with the government. If you remember, Hydro-Québec owes $1.5 billion dollars to customers because of overcharges.\nPosted by Hydro-Québec on Saturday, October 20, 2018\nThe Quebec government tabled Bill 34, their solution to Hydro-Québec's $1.5 billion dollar problem. The bill has stringent terms that dictate how Hydro-Québec can set their rates.\nThe government finally decided on a $500 million dollar reimbursement package that will be spread out to Hydro-Québec's residential customers.\nView this post on Instagram Photo prise par Angela Pérez (@la_mucha_chat) dans le sentier de la Rivière St-Charles à la hauteur de Wendake, près de Québec. * #hydroquebec #pylone #soleil #nature #randonnee #pleinair #riviere #leverdesoleil #quebecoriginal #tourismequebec #outdoors #sunshine #water #eau A post shared by Hydro-Québec (@hydroquebec) on Sep 26, 2018 at 7:56am PDT\nMr. Sutherland explains that along with the details of Hydro-Québec's tariff freeze that, "there was the idea there is going to be a $500 million dollar reimbursement to all Hydro-Québec customers and that comes down to about $60 dollars [of savings] per your average residential client."\nREAD ALSO: You Can Be Compensated Up To $1100 If You Were Stranded During Montreal's Infamous Highway 13 Blizzard\nHydro-Québec's tariff freeze is a five-year plan that will in total, save customers $1 billion dollars.\nPosted by Hydro-Québec on Wednesday, July 18, 2018\nMr. Sutherland says that "the five-year tariff freeze ends up being a savings, collectively, for all our clients - commercial, residential, industrial, across the board - of a $1 billion". Keep in mind that this still part of a government-mandated reimbursement as part of Bill 34.\nEn 2018, nos exportations nettes d’électricité ont évité des émissions de GES équivalentes à environ 8 millions de tonnes ou 2 millions de voitures. Depuis 10 ans, ce sont + de 100 millions de tonnes évitées, ou 30 millions de voitures. #énergiepropre👉 https://t.co/FnmXqyEehQ pic.twitter.com/ikzDn41hHe— Hydro-Québec (@hydroquebec) June 20, 2019\n"Therefore, there is a $60 reimbursement per residential client that is linked to the $500 million dollar reimbursement and then a total of $1 billion in savings that are linked to the tariff freeze", says Sutherland.\nView this post on Instagram 75 bougies? Nous nous sommes dit que nous pouvions faire mieux. #1944 #75ans #anniversaire #Histoire #montreal #centreville #yul #mtl #québec A post shared by Hydro-Québec (@hydroquebec) on Apr 14, 2019 at 4:52pm PDT\nHydro-Québec customers should expect to see savings in the 2020-2021 season. The tariff freeze will be in place for five years.\nTo contact Hydro-Québec and to access your customer account to see how savings will affect you, please visit their official website.