Billing & Payments

Understanding your bill: base power cost

Learn more about the line items on your bill

You know you pay for the energy you use, but what are all those other items on your bill? Our understanding your bill series helps break it down.

Sample bill highlighting Base Power Cost.
Sample bill highlighting the flat rate Base Power Cost.

Base Power Cost

The base power cost is how much your electricity costs per kilowatt-hour (kWh). This cost is set by our wholesale energy suppliers and is billed to you as a direct pass-through cost. This charge is used to recover PEC’s actual cost of power purchased for the membership and other costs incurred in connection with the development and management of our power supply.

Flat Rate or Time-of-Use?

At PEC, we believe in empowering you to power your life your own way, which means you’ve got a wide variety of options for how your power is generated and how you pay for it.

Depending on whether you pay our conventional flat rate for base power cost, or one of our rate options like the Time-of-Use Rate, your bill may look a little different.

Time-of-Use Rate

While our flat rate power cost is the same throughout the day and season, wholesale energy prices actually fluctuate: Energy used during low demand times (for example, the middle of the night) costs less per kWh, and energy used during peak demand times (such as 4–6 p.m.) can cost more.

For more information about this rate, please visit the Time-of-Use Rate page.