No rate increase in 2019

There’s good news for Connexus Energy members. For the second year in a row, there is no rate increase for 2019. While other neighboring utilities are looking at increases, the Connexus Energy Board and employees continue to find effective ways to contain costs. We are doing this while still maintaining a distribution system that is highly efficient and reliable. Our stable prices are due in large part to our operational excellence that is backed up by our recently completed bigger projects like AMI automated meter reading, Wi Fi thermostats and distributed generation. These initiatives are helping us to reduce costs, and in turn, we are able to pass on the savings to our members.

The price you pay for electricity includes costs for power generation, transmission, and distribution. On average, about 75 percent of your electrical costs can be attributed to purchasing power and transmission, while 25 percent covers delivery or distribution to your home or business.

Your residential or commercial electric bill contains important information. The graphics below explain the various components of your bill.

Residential Electric Bill

  1. Cost of Basic Service: Most residential members pay $13.50 per month to cover the cost of providing safe, reliable electric service.
  2. Residential Energy Charge: Measured in kilowatt hours (kWh), the residential energy charge is based on the amount of electricity used.
  3. Power Cost Adjustment (PCA): The Power Cost Adjustment (PCA) reflects monthly fluctuations in the cost of fuel and purchased wholesale power since rates were set. Depending on wholesale power prices, it is either set at zero or as a surcharge or a credit.
Residential Bill Sample

Commercial Electric Bill

  1. Electric Service: Information about your meter data.
  2. Days of Service: The number of days in the billing period.
  3. Cost of Basic Service: Expenses incurred such as monthly costs for metering and billing, regardless of how much electricity you use.
  4. Energy Charge: The total amount of electricity, measured in kilowatt hours (kWh) used during the billing period, multiplied by the charge for each kWh.
  5. Power Cost Adjustment (PCA): Used to capture any changes in wholesale power cost and applied to all kWh sales.
  6. Demand Charge: The demand value registered during the billing period. We may adjust kW usage for a power factor below .90, resulting in a higher demand charge kW.
Commercial Bill Sample

Made in Connexus

Connexus Energy serves 133,000 members throughout the north metro. While the majority of our members are residential, we also serve about 9,300 commercial and industrial members (C&I). Our C&I members account for 40 percent of our energy sales.

The businesses Connexus Energy serves are varied and unique. We work closely with our C&I members and offer energy solutions that enable our local businesses to grow and succeed.