Below is what my electrical company charges for electricity. Are the
rates the norm?
Customer Charge: $7.50 per consumer per month
Demand & Energy Charge: $ 0.05757 per kWh
On Tue, 25 May 2004 04:25:43 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
But how much do you really pay per KwH? My bill [Niagra Mohawk,
in NY] ends up with several charges beyond the KwH which kicks it from
6.1 cents to 12.7 cents. [ 4 cents for delivery, 2 cents surcharge,
.2 cents for 'delivery adjustment', .4 cents "Trans Rev Adj", and
then a 4% tax & a .35 cent 'tariff surcharge, but those aren't the
utility's fault.] My 'basic service is $14.92.
Last I looked Niagara Mohawk was still a bargain compared to the other
big 3 electric companies in NY-- but if your costs stay where you
state them, your part of the world has much cheaper power.
Some places don't make it so complicated, but many have several
charges. For example, my last bill is has a $2.51 customer charger
per meter per month and the energy charge is $0.055342 per kWh, but
that bounces around as the utilities commissions allows rate changes.
It was up to $0.068-- back when the utilities were making all kinds of
deals then the UC made them lower rates but they will probably be
raising them within 6 months but not up to $0.068. Then there is
$0.30 for a conservation charge (mainly for salmon restoration) and a
$2.31 credit from BPA. So actual cost is $28.45 divided by 505 kWh
which is $0.056337 per kWh.
BTW this is for Idaho Power, which is one of the lowest in the nation.
Electric prices are very local. In addition the price structures are
all different. Some have time of day adjustments, or peak penalties etc.
Since the source of electricity is not the same if you live near a large
efficient hydro-electric source and you try to compare that to the cost of
someone paying the huge expense of an atomic plant it is very difficult to
make any meaningful conclusions.
But it is easy to compare. Just divide the total cost of the montly
bill by the total kWh used. OTOH the comparison has to be of similar
amounts of electricity because of all the strange billing adjustments
and practicies that you mentioned. Nonetheless, the bottom line is
still the bottom line.
If that is the only charge, that is cheap.
My bill is .06384 per kWh for generation services, but then you add:
Systems Benefits Charge
Conservation and Load Mgmt.
Renewable Energy Investment
FMCC Delivery charge
Total cost is .1196 per kWh for all charges. That is in Connecticut.
Lower than ours and we live in a province of Canada where we produce hydro!
However our population is small in comparison to the area and the distances
that power has to be transmitted; also our communities are somewhat
separated and in some cases remote from main centres.
Weather conditions here can be considered, at times, severe, also adding to
the costs of transmission line construction and repairs.
On average our electricity costs a little over 8 cents per kilowatt hour.
That is taking ALL charges into consideration and dividing by the number of
kilowatts used, during any given month.
Our monthly 'per account' charge (even if no electricity is used at all) is
In addition all the power utility cost are subject to a 15% government sales
tax! We do get a slight discount, roughly 1% for paying on time. Service is
good and the Hydro generating utility that 'makes' the power and the
distribution company do a good job.
These costs are in Canadian dollars. Expressing that in US currency the
'overall' average total cost per kilowatt hour, including all charges and
taxes, for our all-electric 1,530 sq. ft home with unheated basement is
around 6 US cents; or approx 3.4 UK pence.
This is a cooler part of the country. Most months require some heating; air
conditioning, particularly whole house AC is extremely rare. For example one
of my vehicles came equipped with AC; in nearly two years I have hardly ever
used it. Just drive with the window open!
PS. Our domestic at the pump automobile gas is presently (May 2004)
expensive at around $1.00 Canadian = about 74 US cents, per litre. Roughly
$2.80 US per US gallon! And we pump the crude and refine the stuff! :-(
We're about $0.11 per KWh. But we have one very big perk. Electric company
is owned and operated by the city and if we pay the bill before a specified
date we get a 20% discount off the total cost. Sometimes it can be quite
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