Understanding Power Costs

Components of your electric bill

The monthly basic service charge covers the cost of maintaining your electric meter and the wires that bring electrical service to your home or business. The basic service charge also covers the cost of maintaining customer records, accounting for bill payments, credit and other transactions affecting your account. The basic service charge is incurred even if electricity is not used during the month.

The monthly energy charge includes all other costs of producing the electricity you purchase, except fuel. This includes base rates, conservation, environmental and capacity cost recovery charges.

The monthly fuel charge is the cost of fuel used to produce your electricity. Fuel costs are passed through from fuel suppliers to our customers with no markup or profit to Tampa Electric.

The Storm Protection Plan charge supports work to strengthen our electrical infrastructure that delivers power to your home or business. These investments will help minimize power outages and reduce power restoration time.

The charges below appear on a residential electric bill and are effective January 1, 2021.

Bill Components Charges

Basic Service Charge


Base Rates




Storm Protection Charge








Gross Receipts Tax


Cost for 1,000 Kilowatt-hours


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