Understanding Power Costs

Rates Illustration The diagram on the right provides you with a better understanding of the energy costs on your monthly electric bill.

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 also includes 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.

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