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Serving Baker, Union, Grant, & Harney Counties

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Rate Schedules

Methods of revenue for electric energy

Why do I pay a basic customer charge each month?

OTEC collects its revenues for electric energy delivered to members in two forms: the energy charge and the basic delivery charge. The energy charge fluctuates based upon the amount of kilowatt hours (kWh) used. The monthly delivery charge is based on how many days the member is connected to the system for the billing period. OTEC is required to maintain power lines, bill and collect for services, pay for operating costs, and make energy available no matter how much or how little they use. This is similar to a fixed cost in another business – such as rent, mortgage or a car payment. It is this component of our cost that is being partially recovered by the delivery charge. A small portion of the cost is included in the energy component of our current rates.

With the high probability of restructuring coming to the electric utility industry, it is possible that fixed cost recovery (delivery) charges will increase and the energy charge (kWh) will decrease to reflect only the cost of purchasing electric energy in the market. This will be a substantial change from the historic method of setting rates in the utility industry.

Type Cost
Residential $25.50 per month
Small Commercial
Large Commercial
$39.50 per month
$55.00  per month
Irrigation $32.00 (Demand 17 kW or less) per month
  $37.00 (Demand greater than 17 kW) per month