Colorado electric bill terms glossary
Understanding your bill should be simple. That’s why we’ve pulled together a list of commonly used terms to make reading and understanding your bill as easy as possible. You can learn more about the terms on your bill in the list below.
Colorado Public Utilities Commission is PUC.
Customer Charge is a flat monthly charge irrespective of the customer’s demand or energy usage. The charge recovers costs such as those related to meters, certain delivery facilities, meter reading, account and billing, and customer call centers.
Demand Charge recovers the costs for facilities required to meet the customer’s maximum demand. The facilities include generation plants, transmission and distribution lines, and equipment.
Energy Charge recovers certain costs of producing and delivering energy and the variable costs of producing energy not recovered through other cost adjustments.
Tiered Rates (Inverted Block) have two tiers. Tier 1, a lower rate, is charged for the first 500 kilowatt hour of usage in the billing period. Tier 2, a higher rate, is charged for all usage over 500 kilowatt hour in the billing period.
General Rate Schedule Adjustment (General Rate Sch Adj) is a percentage increase (or decrease) authorized by the PUC. This adjustment applies to the Customer Charge, Demand Charge, and Energy Charge.
Energy Cost Adjustment (Energy Cost Adj) recovers fuel consumed in the utility’s generating units to produce the customer’s energy usage. This adjustment also recovers costs for energy purchased from other suppliers, including transmission charges, costs related to hedging, and certain accounting transfers from the Renewable Energy Standard Adjustment as authorized by the PUC.
Purchased Capacity Cost Adjustment (Purch Cap Cost Adj) recovers the costs for generating capacity purchased from other suppliers.
Clean Air/Clean Jobs Adjustment (Clean Air Clean Jobs) recovers the utility’s ownership costs and expenses for the LM6000 generating turbine.
Demand Side Management Cost Adjustment (Demand Side Mgmt Adj) recovers the costs associated with the utility’s energy efficiency programs authorized by the PUC.
Transmission Cost Adjustment (Transmission Cost Adj) recovers the utility’s ownership costs and expenses for certain transmission-related facilities not already included in base rates.
Renewable Energy Standard Adjustment (Renew Energy Std Adj) funds the utility’s renewable energy program as required by Colorado law, under which utilities must generate or purchase portions of their electricity from sun, wind, water, or biomass. This adjustment is a percentage multiplier applied to all charges except the Low Income Program Funding Fee, Franchise Fees, and Undergrounding Fee.
Low Income Program Funding Fee recovers the costs to provide bill-payment assistance to eligible low-income customers. The program is known as BHEAP. The fee is collected from all retail customers.
Franchise Fee collects the fee required by incorporated towns and cities for the utility to use alleys, streets and rights-of-way. The fee is determined by the town or city and applies to customers located within the town or city limits.
Undergrounding Fee recovers the costs to place underground the conduit, conductors, devices and distribution lines required by the City of Pueblo for customers located within city limits.