Understanding Your Energy Costs

How We Calculate Your Monthly Charges

The formula we use to calculate your business’ monthly bill consists of a few basic charges. Take a look at the chart below to see how it breaks down.

This rate is available to all commercial and industrial consumers and other consumers whose peak demand is consistently less than 50 kilowatts (kW) per billing cycle.

Charge
Description
Example
Wholesale Power Cost

The cost Bluebonnet has to pay its power providers for generating and delivering electricity to its electric substations (Wholesale Power Cost) plus a possible adjustment based on fluctuations in generating costs (Power Cost Recovery Factor).

Wholesale Power Charge rate = $0.058936 per kWh

Power Cost Recovery Factor (PCRF) rate = -$0.004365 (Variable)

$54.57
($0.054571 x 1,000 kWh)
+
Bluebonnet Commercial Service

The cost of delivering electricity to each member's business. The service is provided as either Single- or Three-Phase. Most commercial buildings are wired with Three-Phase, which provides more power.

Single-Phase Rate = $0.037214 per kWh

Three-Phase Rate = $0.039114 per kWh

$37.21
($0.037214 x 1,000 kWh)
+
Service Availability

The monthly expense for each meter, including meter reading, billing and payment processing. The service is provided as either Single- or Three-Phase.

Single-Phase Rate = $30.00 per month

Three-Phase Rate = $50.00 per month

$30.00
Single-Phase Flat Fee
=
Total Charge

Total of wholesale power, commercial service and service availability costs for billing period.

$121.78
Updated April 2017

Bluebonnet members whose peak demand is consistently more than 50 kW and less than 250 kW in multiple billing cycles are charged the Large Power rate.

Charge
Description
Example
Wholesale Power Cost

The cost Bluebonnet has to pay its power providers for generating and delivering electricity to its electric substations (Wholesale Power Cost) plus a possible adjustment based on fluctuations in generating costs (Power Cost Recovery Factor).

Wholesale Power Charge rate = $0.058936 per kWh

Power Cost Recovery Factor (PCRF) rate = -$0.004365 (Variable)
$54.57
($0.054571 x 1,000 kWh)
+
Bluebonnet Commercial Service

The cost of delivering electricity to each member's business.

Large Power Service Rate = $0.015091 per kWh

$15.09
($0.015091 x 1,000 kWh)
+
Service Availability

The monthly expense for each meter, including meter reading, billing and payment processing.

Service Availability charge = $75.00 per month

$75.00
+
Demand Charge

The cost to meet the member's power needs when the member's demand is at its highest.

Demand Charge = $5.00 per peak kW

$250.00
($5.00 X 50 kW)
=
Total Charge

Total of wholesale power, commercial service, service availability and demand charges for billing period.

$394.66
Updated April 2017

These rates are available to all commercial and industrial consumers whose peak demand is consistently greater than 250 kW in multiple billing cycles.

Charge
Description
Example
Wholesale Power Cost

The cost Bluebonnet has to pay its power providers for generating and delivering electricity to its electric substations (Wholesale Power Cost) plus a possible adjustment based on fluctuations in generating costs (Power Cost Recovery Factor).

Wholesale Power Charge rate = $0.058936 per kWh

Power Cost Recovery Factor (PCRF) rate = -$0.004365 (Variable)

$54.57
($0.054571 x 1,000 kWh)
+
Bluebonnet Commercial Service

The cost of delivering electricity to each member's business.

Large Power Service Rate = $0.009578 per kWh

$9.58
($0.009578 x 1,000 kWh)
+
Service Availability

The monthly expense for each meter, including meter reading, billing and payment processing.

Service Availability charge = $150.00 per month

$150.00
+
Demand Charge

The cost to meet the member's power needs when the member's demand is at its highest.

Demand Charge = $6.00 per peak kW

$1,500.00
($6.00 X 250 kW)
=
Total Charge

Total of wholesale power, commercial service, service availability and demand charges for billing period.

$1,714.15
Updated April 2017

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Green Energy Rates

When members sign up for the Green Energy Rate, Bluebonnet will purchase the amount of energy they consume each month from a renewable source such as wind power. Here’s more information on our Green Energy Rate:

  • Costs a half-cent ($0.005) more per kilowatt-hour (kWh) than regular rate.
  • Applied to entire monthly metered kWh use.
  • No minimum participation period. Members can discontinue anytime.

Learn more about Green Energy Rates »

About Your Meter

Ensuring our members are accurately billed for the energy they use is as important as providing safe, reliable electric service. Accurate bills start with the electric meter.

Meters measure how many kilowatt hours, the unit of measurement for electricity, members use. Bluebonnet’s meters are able to record energy use in hourly increments.
Bluebonnet uses AMR (automatic meter reading) meters, which are read automatically and remotely each day. The daily meter reads are sent through the actual power lines to collections points, usually at the co-op’s substations, where they are transmitted through microwave communications, fiber optic cables, or both.

The meter reads then flows into Bluebonnet’s meter data management system that processes them, then sends them to our website, where our members can access their account information 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The data also goes to our billing system, which generates each members’ bill on a monthly basis.