Each month, you'll see three charges on your electric bill:
Our monthly Basic Service Charge covers the cost of maintaining your electric meter and the wires that bring electrical service to your home or business. It also covers the cost of reading the meter, maintaining customer records and accounting for bill payments, credit and other transactions. Every customer incurs this charge – even if electricity isn't used during the month.
The monthly Energy Charge includes all other costs of producing the electricity you purchase, except fuel. This includes conservation, environmental and capacity cost recovery charges.
The monthly Fuel Charge translates to the cost of fuel used to produce your electricity. Fuel costs are passed through from our fuel suppliers to our customers with no markup. Depending on the programs you participate in, you may see other items on your bill such as Zap Cap Systems®, Renewable Energy, Outdoor Lighting, Share and others. View items on the back of your bill.
Learn more about your rates.
When estimating meters, we use a multi-step calculation that factors your past electric usage with recent weather impacts. This helps us make an accurate estimate when a physical reading isn't possible. Any corrections will be reflected on your bill after we're able to read your meter, which typically occurs one month after a meter estimation.
Customers who want more control over seasonal variability in their rates may want to consider using energy-saving practices in their homes.
Learn how to reduce energy costs.
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