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Definition of Terms

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Base Charge A flat fee applied each month regardless of the amount of kilowatt (kWh) used
Current Charges The current charges for electric service, including applicable taxes and fees.
Demand Charge 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.
Energy ChargeA charge based on the electric energy (kWh) consumed.
Meter ChargeA charge assessed to recover a TDU’s charges for metering a customer’s consumption
Recurring ChargeIdentifies and itemizes any recurring charges other than for electric service generally associated with TDU cost.
Non-Recurring ChargeIdentifies and itemizes any non-recurring charges such as late fees, returned check fees, restoration of service fees, or other fees
Amount DueIt reflects electricity consumed in the current period. Any unpaid charges from the previous billing period, they will be included in the Total Amount Due. The Current Bill amount includes the Customer Charge, Energy Charge, and Sales Tax, but it excludes any applicable Late Fees, Surcharges, and any prior unpaid Balance Forward.
City Sales TaxSales tax collected by authorized taxing authorities, such as the state, cities, and special purpose districts.
Advanced Metering Systems Surcharge A PUC-authorized charge for electric delivery companies to recover the costs for their Advanced Metering Systems.
Competition Transition Charge A charge assessed to recover a TDU’s charges for nonsecuritized costs associated with the transition to competition.
Energy Efficiency Cost Recovery Factor A charge assessed to recover a TDU’s costs for energy efficiency programs.
PUC Assessment A fee assessed to recover the statutory fee for administering the Public Utility Regulatory Act.
TDU Delivery Charges The total amounts assessed by a TDU for the delivery of electricity to you, not including discretionary charges.

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