In order for our rate comparisons to be as meaningful as possible, we have endeavored to compare 'apples-to-apples' to the extent practicable. The figures displayed on the output pages are the estimated annual cost of electricity from a particular utility using a given consumption profile. All figures include the basic customer charge and the energy charge per kilowatt-hour (kWh).
Some utilities break out transmission and infrastructure charges separately, while others lump everything together into a ubiquitous 'energy charge'. Where the charges are separated they are included in the energy charge per kWh.
The many levels of government taxation on utility bills renders any effort to include these taxes essentially meaningless. This directory is meant to provide a relative comparison; we are not out to account for every single penny in a bill. In cases where a utility levies a system-wide charge we have included it and noted it in the output section.
In keeping with the scope of this directory, we have limited our comparisons to Residential and Small General tariffs. While we have included all available tariffs from a given company on it's company page, the thinking is that if someone requires cost information for a large commercial or industrial application, they should consult the utilities in their area or an energy professional specializing in those applications.
Where a General Service tariff includes a demand charge, we have noted it. Likewise, we have noted when such a schedule does not include a demand charge. We will point out that the no-charge demand level varies widely among utilities. A customer may be able to realize a demand of anywhere from 10 kW to 50 kW before the demand charge takes effect.
We review and update our rate information quarterly.
If anyone needs a customized analysis done or would like more information please do not hesitate to contact us through the Contact Us button on the previous page.
Because this is the beta version of this concept, we realize that there are some rough spots. This is a proof-of-concept effort designed to gauge functionality, practicality, and interest. As there is not yet a dedicated IT person on the team, some of the site components are of necessity a bit clumsy. At this point our primary focus is on function: does the directory work as intended?
We will try to anticipate some questions in a Q&A format:
Why is Oregon the only fully functional directory?
Time and money. If this concept attracts sufficient interest, especially from the energy-services community, we expect to complete the remainder of the Northwest fairly quickly. We have started to gather the resources to expand this directory nationally.
Why don't you have a list of communities served by each utility?
Again, it's a matter of resources. Up until the mid 1970's the Federal government published an annual directory that included just such a list. As resources become available, we expect to offer this feature.
Are you affiliated with any utility or organization in the industry?
No. We do not represent, nor are we affiliated in any way with any electrical utility or organization of same. This is purely a private venture. Accordingly, we do not in any way endorse any utility or organization. We do expect to enter into joint ventures with energy-services organizations as opportunities present themselves. Such ventures will be clearly delineated in the directory.
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