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What are the possible charges on my Electric Bill ?

Per the Public Utility Commission of Texas's website

Charge Description
Base Chargea flat fee applied each month regardless of the amount of kilowatt (kWh) used.
Current Chargesthe current charges for electric service as disclosed in your terms of service document, including applicable taxes and fees. If you are on a level or average payment plan, the level or average payment due shall be clearly shown in addition to the current charges.
Demand Chargea charge based on the rate at which electric energy is delivered to or by a system at a given instant during the billing cycle.
Energy Chargea charge based on the electric energy (kWh) consumed.
Meter Chargea charge assessed to recover a TDU’s charges for metering your consumption, to the extent that the TDU is a separate charge exclusively for that purpose that is approved by the Public Utility Commission.
Recurring Chargesidentifies and itemizes any recurring charges other than for electric service.
Non-Recurring Chargesidentifies and itemizes any nonrecurring 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 Agreement.
Amount Duebalances from the preceding bill, payments made since the preceding bill and amount due with a checkbox for the customer to voluntarily donate money to the bill payment assistance program.
New Services or Productsnotice of any new products or services being provided to the customer since the pervious bill.
Changes in Ratesany change in the customer’s rates or charges consistent with the Terms of Service Agreement, such as a variable rate feature or changes to regulatory charges
Late Payment Penaltya one-time penalty of not more than 5% may be charged on a delinquent bill. Outstanding delinquent balances cannot be repenalized. Penalty does not apply to residential or small commercial customers of the Provider of Last Resort (POLR).
Sales Taxsales tax collected by authoritized taxing authorities, such as the state, cities, and special purpose districts.
Advanced Metering Chargea PUC-authorized charge for electric delivery companies to recover the costs for their Advanced Metering Systems. This charge will be shared among all electricity in the TDU’s service territory. Your monthly charge will be added to your electricity bill for the next several years. For more information, including the length of the charge, contact your Retail Electric Provider.
Competition Transition Chargea charge assessed to recover a TDU’s charges for nonsecuritized costs associated with the transition to competition.
Energy Efficiency Cost Recovery Factora 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.
PUC Assessmenta fee assessed to recover the statutory fee for administering the Public Utility Regulatory Act.
REP ChargesRetail Electric Providers may bundle all charges as¬sociated with your electric service into the price per kWh or they may separate the charges using the following:
TDU Delivery Chargescharge to cover the cost of moving electricity from the generation plant to your home.
Transmission Distribution Surchargesone or more TDU surcharge(s) on a customer’s bill in any combination. Surcharges include charges billed as tariff riders by the TDU.
Transition Chargeutilities 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.
System Benefit Funda non bypassable charge set by the PUC, not to exceed 65 cents per megawatt hour. Pays for energy efficiency and customer education programs.
Miscellaneous Gross Receipts Tax Reimbursementa fee assessed to recover the miscellaneous gross receipts tax imposed on retail electric providers operating in an incorporated city or town having a population of more than 1000.
Nuclear Decommissioning Feefee 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.
Minimum Usage FeeA fee charged when a customer uses a certain amount of usage.
Amount DueThe total amount due by the due date of the bill. The total may include a past due amount, but does not extend the due date of the delinquent amount beyond the original bill or disconnection notice if issued.

* Please know that city-owned utilities, rural cooperatives, or other areas that have not entered the competitive electric market may not reflect the same charges outlined in this fact sheet.

As of 5/7/2020