Understanding Your Bill

Bill Terminology


An amount, based on cost of service to be charged for each class of service such as residential, irrigation, commercial, etc. Our rates can be found online here (link) or you may call to request a copy.

Delivery Charges

The delivery of electricity directly to a home or business. Your cooperative is responsible for maintaining the equipment to distribute the electricity, as well as delivering it to the membership. You cannot shop for this service.

Supplier Charges

The generation and transmission supplier of electricity that you have chosen. This service may be purchased from a competitive service provider.

Generation Charge

This is your cost, in kilowatt and kilowatt-hour measurements, for the generation supply of electricity from the competitive supply entity. These charges are paid to your cooperative, who then forwards these funds to the supplier.

Ancillary Charge

A charge, per measured unit, for services that are necessary for the transmission and distribution of electricity from supply sources to end-users for maintaining reliable operation of the transmission and distribution system.

Transmission Charge

A charge to recover the cost of those services related to the delivery of electricity by the Cooperative from supply sources through transmission facilities.

Power Cost Adjustment (PCA)

Appears under supplier charges on the right side of your bill. This charge is revised periodically to offset any increase or decrease in the cost of energy. Collection of this charge is a direct flow-thru from our power provider.

Demand Charge (kW)

Largest electrical use or highest “demand” for electricity averaged in any 15 minute period per billing period. Measured in kW (kilowatts). Charge is calculated based on cost per kW used.


Some meters are programmed to record energy at a slower rate due to the demand needed. Once the readings are obtained, the usage is increased by the programmed rate (multiplier).

Customer Charge

This charge remains the same each month. It provides for the cost of reading the meter, billing services and other related expenses.

Kilowatt-Hour (kWh)

A measurement of electrical energy. A kilowatt-hour equals 1,000 watts of energy used for one hour. One 100 watt light bulb burning for 10 hours consumes one kilowatt-hour.

Power Factor (P.F.)

Some rate classifications that include a demand charge require the member to maintain a minimum power factor (P.F.). If the minimum P.F. is not met, the demand reading is increased to the demand billed.

Access Charge

The cost associated with maintenance and production of electricity.

Kilowatt (kW)

The basic measure of electric power demand, kilowatt stands for 1,000 watts.

Kilowatt Hour (kWh)

The basic measure of the use of electric energy. One kilowatt hour (1 kWh) is the amount of electric energy required to operate a 100-Watt bulb for 10 hours.


The amount of electricity drawn from an electric system at a given time, measured in kilowatts.

Demand Charge (kW)

A fee charged, as part of a rate schedule, to a consumer, by a supplier, for being able to supply the electrical power required for a given load at any instant. The charge can be established peak kilowatt (KW) or kVA demand figure as measured by a demand meter.


Used to calculate actual usage for meters that registers only a certain portion of kilowatt-hours used.

Map Location

The description of the Township, Range, Section, and Grid which helps us locate your account on a map.