Electricity Glossary

Advanced Metering Charge

A charge assessed to recover a TDU’s charges for Advanced Metering Systems, to the extent that they are not recovered in a TDU’s standard metering charge. Acceptable abbreviation: Advanced Meter.

Average Rate

Average price you paid for electric service this month (in cents per Kilowatt hour including other recurring charges).

Base Charge

A charge assessed during each billing cycle without regard to the customers demand or energy consumption.

Brown Energy

Is energy that comes from conventional fossil fuels, such as oil or coal. The combustion from these fuels releases harmful emissions into the environment. The term Brown Energy has been coined as energy produced from polluting sources.

Competition Transition Charge

A charge assessed to recover a TDU's charges for nonsecuritized costs associated with the transition to competition. Acceptable abbreviation: Competition Transition.

Demand

The rate at which electric energy is delivered to or by a system at a given instant, or averaged over a designated period, usually expressed in kilowatts (kW) or megawatts (MW).

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 designated period, during the billing cycle.

Electricity Facts Label

Information in a standardized format, as described in §25.475(f) of this title (relating to Information Disclosures to Residential and Small Commercial Customers), that summarizes the price, contract terms, fuel sources, and environmental impact associated with an electricity product.

Energy Charge

A charge based on the electric energy (kWh) consumed.

Energy Efficiency Cost Recovery Factor

A 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. Acceptable abbreviation: Energy Efficiency.

Gross Receipts Tax Reimbursement

A 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 1,000.

kW

Kilowatt, the standard unit for measuring electricity demand, equal to 1,000 watts.

kWh

Kilowatt-hour, the standard unit for measuring electricity energy consumption, equal to 1,000 watt-hours.

Late Payment Penalty (Fee)

A charge assessed for late payment in accordance with Public Utility Commission rules.

Meter Charge

A charge assessed to recover a TDU's charges for metering a customer's consumption, to the extent that the TDU charge is a separate charge exclusively for that purpose that is approved by the Public Utility Commission.

Miscellaneous Gross Receipts Tax Reimbursement

A 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 1,000. Acceptable abbreviation: Gross Receipts Reimb.

Nuclear Decommissioning Fee

A charge assessed to recover a TDU's charges for decommissioning of nuclear generating sites. Acceptable abbreviation: Nuclear Decommission.

PUC Assessment

A fee assessed to recover the statutory fee for administering the Public Utility Regulatory Act.

Sales Tax

Sales tax collected by authorized taxing authorities, such as the state, cities and special purpose districts.

System Benefit Fund

A non-bypassable charge approved by the Public Utility Commission, not to exceed 65 cents per megawatt-hour, that funds the low-income discount, one-time bill payment assistance, customer education, commission administrative expenses, and low-income energy efficiency programs.

TDU Delivery Charges

The total amounts assessed by a TDU for the delivery of electricity to a customer over poles and wires and other TDU facilities not including discretionary charges.

Terms of Service

A contract between a Retail Electric Provider and a customer that outlines terms, price, fees, length of service and other important information.

Transition Charge

A charge assessed to recover a TDU's charges for securitized costs associated with the transition to competition.

Transmission and Distribution Utility (TDU)

Transmission and Distribution Utility. Facility that transmits and/or distributes electricity, and whose rates for Transmission Service, distribution service, or both is set by a Governmental Authority. Previously referred to as TDSP – Transmission and Distribution Service Provider.

Transmission Distribution Surcharges

One or more TDU surcharge(s) on a customer's bill in any combination. Surcharges include charges billed as tariff riders by the TDU. Acceptable abbreviation: TDU Surcharges

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