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Glossary of billing terms

A helpful guide to some of the terms we use on your bills

A PUC-authorized charge for electric delivery companies to recover the costs for their Advanced Metering Systems. This charge will be shared among all electricity users who receive an Advanced Meter. Your monthly charge will be added to your electricity bill for the next several years. For more information, contact your Retail Electric Provider.

Balances from the preceding bill, payments made since the preceding bill, the total amount due and a checkbox for customers to voluntarily donate money to the Bill Payment Assistance Program. 

Balance Forward is the amount you owe on your previous bill. 

A flat fee applied each month regardless of the amount of kilowatt (kWh) used.

Sales tax collected by authorized taxing authorities, such as the state, cities, and special purpose districts.

Any change on your rates or changes due to the variable rate feature of the Terms of Service contract.

A charge assessed to recover a Transmission and Distribution Service Provider’s (TDSP) charges for non-securitized costs associated with the transition to competition.

The current charges for electric service as disclosed in the American Light & Power Terms of Service document, including applicable taxes and fees.  If you are on a level or average payment plan, the level or average payment due will be displayed in addition to the current charges.

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 designated period, during the billing cycle.

A unique number that identifies your electric account. Your ESIID number is defined by your service address. If you have more than one service address, you have more than one account number. If you need to contact American Light & Power, have this number ready.

A charge based on the electric energy (kWh) you use

A charge assessed to recover Transmission and Distribution Service Provider’s (TDSP) costs for energy efficiency programs, to the extent that the TDSP charge is a separate charge exclusively for that purpose that is approved by the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

A one-time penalty of not more than 5% may be charged on a delinquent bill. Outstanding delinquent balances will not be re-penalized. Penalty does not apply to residential or small commercial customers of the Provider of Last Resort (POLR).

A charge assessed to recover a TDU's charges for metering a customer's consumption, to the extent that the TDU is a separate charge exclusively for that purpose that is approved by the Public Utility Commission.

Fee that covers the cost of safely removing a nuclear generation facility from service, reducing residual radioactivity to a level that permits the release of the property for unrestricted use and termination of the license. Only the local wires company or transmission and distribution utility can assess this fee to any company that uses its wires to deliver electricity to consumers.

Notice of any new products or services being provided to our American Light & Power customers since the previous bill. 

The price difference between energy price at the source (the generator) and energy price at the destination (the load zone, which is an average price of the nodes in a zone).

Identifies and itemizes any non-recurring charges such as late fees, returned check fees, restoration of service fees, or other fees disclosed in the American Light & Power’s Terms of Service contract provided to you. These charges can be found under total Misc. Charges and Adjustments on your American Light & Power invoice.

Fee that covers the cost of safely removing a nuclear generation facility from service, reducing residual radioactivity to a level that permits release of the property for unrestricted use and termination of license. Only the local wires company or transmission and distribution utility can assess this fee to any company that uses its wires to deliver electricity to consumers.

Charges billed by your local Transmission and Distribution Utility (TDU) that are passed through to the bill you receive from American Light & Power. Pass-through charges can be recurring such as monthly standard delivery charges and non-recurring (event charges like disconnection or re-connection of electric service). Pass-through charges may be itemized or summarized depending you’re your billing preference.

A fee assessed to recover the statutory fee for administering the Public Utility Regulatory Act.

Identifies and itemizes any recurring charges other than for electric service.

A charge assessed to recover a Transmission and Distribution Service Provider’s charge for non-securitized costs associated with the transition to the competition.

A non-by-passable charge set by the PUC, not to exceed 65 cents per megawatt hour. Pays for energy efficiency and customer education programs.

Applicable taxes for your service area.

Charge to cover the cost of moving electricity from the generation plant to your home.

One or more TDU surcharge(s) on a customer’s bill in any combination. Surcharges include charges billed as tariff riders by the TDU.

Utilities are allowed to securitize or refinance their regulatory assets and/or stranded costs (assets that become uneconomical as a result of deregulation) as long as it benefits ratepayers. Securitizing debt provides funding at a lower cost than traditional utility funding. Utilities are also allowed to recover the transaction costs of securitization through this fee.

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