How To Read Your Electric Bill
Electric Bill
Items On Your Bill Explained
A flat fee applied each month regardless of the amount of kilowatt (kWh) used.
The current charges for electric service as disclosed in the customer's terms of service document, including applicable taxes and fees. If the customer is on a level or average payment plan, the level or average payment due shall be clearly shown in addition to the current charges.
A charge based on the rate at which electric energy is delivered to or by a system at a given instant, or averaged over a designed period, during the billing cycle.
A charge based on the electric energy (kWh) consumed.
Identifies and itemizes any recurring charges other than for electric service.
A charge assessed to recover a TDU's charges for metering a customer's consumption, to the extent that the TDU is a separate charge exclusively for that purpose that is approved by the Public Utility Commission.
Identifies and itemizes any non-recurring charges such as late fees, returned check fees, restoration of service fees, or other fees disclosed in the Retail Electric Provider's terms of service contract provided to the customer.
Balances from the preceding bill, payments made since the preceding bill, total amount due and a checkbox for the customer to voluntarily donate money to the bill payment assistance program.
A one-time penalty of not more than 5% may be charged on a delinquent bill. Outstanding delinquent balances cannot be re-penalized. Penalty does not apply to residential or small commercial customers of the Provider of Last Resort (POLR).
Sales tax collected by authorities taxing authorities, such as the state, cities, and special purpose districts.
A PUC-authorized charge for electric delivery companies to recover the costs for their Advanced Metering Systems. This charge will be shared among all electricity users who receive an Advanced Meter. Your monthly charge will be added to your electricity bill for the next several years. For more information, contact your Retail Electric Provider.
A charge assessed to recover a TDU's charges for no securitized costs associated with the transition to competition.
A charge assessed to recover a TDU's costs for energy efficiency programs, to the extent that the TDU charge is a separate charge exclusively for that purpose that is approved by the Public Utility Commission.
A fee assessed to recover the statutory fee for administering the Public Utility Regulatory Act.
REP Charges
Retail Electric Providers may bundle all charges associated with your electric service into the price per kWh or they may separate the charges using the following:
Charge to cover the cost of moving electricity from the generation plant to your home.
One or more TDU surcharge(s) on a customer's bill in any combination. Surcharges include charges billed as tariff riders by the TDU.
Utilities are allowed to securitize or refinance their regulatory assets and/or stranded costs (assets that become uneconomical as a result of deregulation) as long as it benefits ratepayers. Securitizing debt provides funding at a lower cost than traditional utility funding. Utilities are also allowed to recover the transaction costs of securitization through this fee.
A non by-passable charge set by the PUC, not to exceed 65 cents per megawatt hour. Pays for energy efficiency and customer education programs.
A fee assessed to recover he miscellaneous gross receipts tax imposed on retail electric providers operating in an incorporated city or town having a population of more than 1000.
Fee that covers the cost of safely removing a nuclear generation facility from service, reducing residual radioactivity to a level that permits release of the property for unrestricted use and termination of license. Only the local wires company or transmission and distribution utility can assess this fee to any company that uses its wires to deliver electricity to consumers.
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