Advanced metering charge - A charge assessed to recover a TDU’s charges for Advanced Metering Systems, to the extent that they are not recovered in a TDU’s standard metering charge. Acceptable abbreviation: Advanced Meter
Base Charge - A charge assessed during each billing cycle without regard to the customer’s demand or energy consumption.
Billing Cycle - The period of time from the date that Customer’s meter is read until the next date that Customer’s meter is read (approximately one month).
Commercial Customer - One of three commonly used designations for classes of customers. The others are residential and industrial. Commercial customers are not involved in manufacturing. Examples of commercial customers are retail stores, restaurants and educational institutions.
Competition Transition Charge - A charge assessed to recover a TDU’s charges for non-securitized costs associated with the transition to competition. Acceptable abbreviation: Competition Transition.
Current Meter Read - The meter reading at the end of the period for which the customer is being billed.
Customer Protection Rules - Rules for protection of customer rights adopted by the Public Utility Commission of Texas pursuant to the PURA (PUC Subst. R. §25.471, et seq.) as they may be subsequently amended and interpreted from time to time.
Demand Charge - A charge based on the rate at which electric energy is delivered to or by a system at a given instant, or averaged over a designed period, during the billing cycle.
Due Date - The date by which a Customer shall pay an invoice for payment to be considered timely. The Due Date shall be sixteen (16) days from the date on which the invoice is rendered, as stated on the face of the invoice, unless the Due Date falls on a weekend day, banking holiday, or national holiday, in which case the Due Date shall extend to the next day that is not a weekend day, banking holiday, or national holiday.
Early Termination Fee - In the event that Customer terminates this ESA or an Event of Default occurs on part of the Customer and AP terminates the ESA, then an Early Termination Fee will be assessed and applied to Customer’s balance.
Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) - A private industry group that monitors electric energy supply in the state.
Electricity Facts Label (EFL) - An information sheet that provides customers with information on a REP's prices, contracts, sources of power generation and emissions, allowing customers to make an "apples-to-apples" comparison of REP offers.
Energy Charge - A charge based on the electric energy (kWh) consumed.
Energy Efficiency Cost Recovery Factor - A charge assessed to recover a TDU’s costs for energy efficiency programs, to the extent that the TDU charge is a separate charge exclusively for that purpose that is approved by the Public Utility Commission. Acceptable abbreviation: Energy Efficiency.
ESI ID - A unique number in the ERCOT market given to an electricity delivery point by the TDSP. You can find this number on your electricity bill.
Fuel Charge - A charge approved by the Public Utility Commission for the recovery of the utility’s costs for the fuel used to generate electricity. This cost is set by the PUCT and charged on each customer's bill, based on kilowatt-hour usage. A utility is prohibited from making a profit on fuel costs.
Generation – The production of electricity. Electricity in Texas is generated from natural gas, nuclear, coal, wind, water, and solar energy.
kW - Kilowatt, the standard unit for measuring electricity demand, equal to 1,000 watts.
kWh - Kilowatt-hour, the standard unit for measuring electricity energy consumption, equal to 1.000 watt-hours.
Late Payment Penalty - A charge assessed for late payment in accordance with Public Utility Commission rules.
Meter Number - The number assigned by the utility to the customer’s meter
Meter Charge - A charge assessed to recover a TDU’s charges for metering a customer’s consumption, to the extent that the TDU charge is a separate charge exclusively for that purpose that is approved by the Public Utility Commission.
Miscellaneous Gross Receipts Tax Reimbursement - A fee assessed to recoverthe miscellaneous gross receipts tax imposed on retail electric providers operating in an incorporated city or town having a population of more than 1,000. Acceptable abbreviation: Gross Receipts Reimb.
Municipal Franchise Fee - A fee assessed to compensate municipalities for the utility’s use of public rights-of-way.
Nuclear Decommissioning Fee - A charge approved by the Public Utility Commission to provide funds for decommissioning of nuclear generating sites. Acceptable abbreviation: Nuclear Decommission.
Previous Meter Read - The reading on the beginning the period for which the customer is being billed.
Provider of Last Resort (POLR) - A Retail Electric Provider offering a standard retail service package for each class of customer at a fixed, non-discountable rate. In the event that a REP fails to serve any or all of its customers, the provider of last resort will offer that customer the standard retail service package for that customer class with no interruption of service.
Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) - The state agency that regulates electric and telecommunications service. Under Electric Choice, the PUCT will regulate the delivery of electricity and enforce customer protections.
PUC Assessment Charge - A fee assessed to recover the statutory fee for administering the Public Utility Regulatory Act.
Residential Customer - One of three commonly used terms to differentiate customer classes. The other two are commercial and industrial. Residential customers include private households that utilize energy for such needs as heating, cooling, cooking, lighting and small appliances.
Retail Electric Provider (REP) - A person or company that sells electricity to customers.
Sales tax - Sales tax collected by authorized taxing authorities, such as the state, cities, and special purpose districts.
Slamming – Switching electric providers without customer’s approval.
System Benefit Fund - A non-bypassable charge approved by the Public Utility Commission, not to exceed 65 cents per megawatt-hour, that funds the low-income discount, one-time bill payment assistance, customer education, commission administrative expenses, and low-income energy efficiency programs.
Terms of Service - Contract between a Retail Electric Provider and a customer that outlines fees, length of service and other important information.
Texas Electric Choice – The customer education program conducted by the PUC.
TDU Delivery Charges - The total amounts assessed by a TDU for the delivery of electricity to a customer over poles and wires and other TDU facilities not including discretionary charges.
Transmission and Distribution Service Provider (TDSP) - The company that delivers electricity to a customer's home or business along the poles and wires (formerly a local electric utility
Transmission Distribution Surcharges - One or more TDU surcharge(s) on a customer’s bill in any combination. Surcharges include charges billed as tariff riders by the TDU. Acceptable abbreviation: TDU Surcharges
Transition Charge - A charge assessed to recover a TDU’s charges for securitized costs associated with the transition to competition.
Usage - This is the amount of electricity you used during the billing period listed in kilowatt-hours. This will be listed on your electric bill as KWh used.
Watt - An electrical unit of power or rate of doing work. It is analogous to horsepower or foot-pounds per minute of mechanical power. One horsepower equals 746 watts.
Watt-hour (Wh) – An electrical energy unit of measure equal to 1 watt of power supplied to, or taken from, an electric circuit for 1 hour.
Your Rights As a Customer Disclosure - A document that informs you of your rights as mandated by the PUC. Retail Electric Providers must provide you with this disclosure.