Rates

Simplified Rate Overview (PDF) – Effective Jan. 1, 2020

How Rates Are Set

Rates charged to Umatilla Electric Cooperative (UEC) customers are based on a number of factors. Rates per kilowatt-hour of use vary, depending upon the type of account (residential, commercial, industrial, or irrigation), usage, season, or other factors.

The main factor in setting UEC rates is the price it pays for wholesale power. UEC buys most of its power from the Bonneville Power Administration. Much of BPA power is generated by hydropower, the most inexpensive form of generation.

UEC’s main charges include:

  • Monthly Basic Charge: a fixed charge that recovers the non-energy costs of providing service, such as meter reading, billing, and member services.
  • Kilowatt-hour (kWh) Charge: recovers UEC costs to buy power from wholesale suppliers.
  • Demand Charge: a charge for the maximum electric load recorded over a 30-minute period. Demand is measured in kilowatts (kW). This charge recovers UEC costs for kW demand from its wholesale energy suppliers, such as the Bonneville Power Administration.

Detailed Rate Schedules

Effective Date – January 1, 2020

Schedule 1 - Residential Rate

Schedule 1 – Residential Rate (PDF)

Applies to single-family residential accounts when all service is supplied at one point of connection.

  • Basic Charge Single Phase: $22.00 per billing month
  • Basic Charge 3-Phase: $24.00 per billing month
  • Energy Charge: 6.91 cents per kWh

Franchise Fee and Taxes Charge: If a service meter for a member account is located in a jurisdiction that levies franchise fees or taxes, then UEC will charge the account a proportionate amount of any franchise fee or tax levied on UEC by such jurisdictional entity.

Minimum Charge: The minimum monthly charge shall be the sum of the applicable Basic Charge, Energy Charge and Franchise Fee and Taxes Charge.

Continuing Service: This schedule is based on continuing service at each service location. Disconnect and reconnect transactions shall not operate to relieve a member from minimum monthly charges.

Rules and Regulations: Service under this schedule is provided subject to the UEC Bylaws, Policies and, Terms and Conditions of Service as may be adopted or revised by UEC.

Schedule 2 - Seasonal Rate - Occasional Use

Schedule 2 – Seasonal Rate – Occasional Use (PDF)

Applies to accounts serving residential loads with expected or historical non-continuous use during a calendar year consisting of at least 3 months during the calendar year in which energy usage is 200 kWh or less and a maximum kW demand* of 25 kW.

  • Basic Charge for Single Phase: $29.50 per billing month
  • Basic Charge for 3- Phase: $32.50 per billing month
  • Energy Charge: 9.55 cents per kWh

Franchise and Taxes Charge: If a service meter for a member account is located in a jurisdiction that levies franchise fees or taxes, then UEC will charge the account a proportionate amount of any franchise fee or tax levied on UEC by such jurisdictional entity.

Minimum Charge: The minimum monthly charge shall be the sum of the applicable Basic Charge, Energy Charge and Franchise and Taxes Charge.

Continuing Service: This schedule is based on continuing service at each service location. Disconnect and reconnect transactions shall not operate to relieve a member from minimum monthly charges.

Rules and Regulations: Service under this schedule is provided subject to the UEC Bylaws, Policies and, Terms and Conditions of Service as may be adopted or revised by UEC.

* Definitions: Maximum kW Demand is the highest metered kW demand for any 30-minute period during the billing month.

Schedule 3 - Commercial Rate - up to 300 kW

Schedule 3 – Commercial Rate – Up to 300 kW (PDF)

Applies to non-irrigation accounts with an expected or historical maximum kW demand* of up to and including 300kW. Service shall be 60 cycle, alternating current at such voltage as UEC has available.

Basic Charge: $35.00 per billing month.

Energy Charge: 4.00 cents per kWh

Demand Charges:

  • Single Phase: $6.00 per kW of Maximum kW demand* over 15kW per billing month.
  • Three Phase: $6.00 per kW of Maximum kW demand* per billing month.

Reactive Power Factor Charge: If the average power factor for the billing month is less than 97%, a reactive power factor charge shall be calculated and applied as follows:

  1. Subtract the average power factor from 97%.
  2. Multiply the result times the Maximum kW Demand*.
  3. Multiply the result by $6.00. The result equals the power factor charge.

Harmonics Power Quality Charge: A harmonics power quality charge may be applied by UEC Policy.

Franchise Fee and Taxes Charge: If a service meter for a member account is located in a jurisdiction that levies franchise fees or taxes, then UEC will charge the account a proportionate amount of any franchise fee or tax levied on UEC by such jurisdictional entity.

Minimum Charge: The minimum monthly charge shall be the sum of the applicable Basic Charge, Energy Charge, Demand Charge, Reactive Power Factor Charge, Harmonics Power Quality Charge and Franchise Fee and Taxes Charge.

Continuing Service: This schedule is based on continuing service at each service location. Disconnect and reconnect transactions shall not operate to relieve a member from minimum monthly charges.

Rules and Regulations: Service under this schedule is provided subject to the UEC Bylaws, Policies and, Terms and Conditions of Service as may be adopted or revised by UEC.

*Definitions: Maximum kW Demand is the highest metered kW demand for any 30-minute period during the billing month.

Schedule 5 - Small Industrial Rate - 301 kW to 10,000 kW

Schedule 5 – Small Industrial Rate – 301 kW to 10,000 kW (PDF)

Applies to non-irrigation accounts with an expected or historical Maximum kW Demand* of 301 kW up to and including 10,000 kW. Facilities designated as a New Large Single Load or planned New Large Single Load by Bonneville Power Administration will not be eligible for service under this schedule. Deliveries at more than one point, or more than one voltage, will be separately metered and billed. Service for intermittent, partial requirements, or highly fluctuating loads, or where service is seasonally disconnected during any one-year period will be provided only by special contract for such service.

Service Agreement: The terms and conditions of any written agreement between UEC and member for electric service may supersede the applicable requirements of this schedule.

Basic Charge: $ 200.00 per billing month

Energy Charge: 3.87 cents per kWh

Demand Charge: $6.00 per kW of Maximum kW Demand* per billing month.

Reactive Power Factor Charge: If the average power factor for the billing month is less than 97%, a reactive power factor charge shall be applied as follows:

  1. Subtract the average power factor from 97%.
  2. Multiply the result times the Maximum kW Demand*.
  3. Multiply the result by $6.00. The result equals the reactive power factor charge.

Other Charges and Credits: UEC will charge accounts under this schedule all charges or credits of any kind incurred by UEC or levied on UEC by its power or transmission suppliers, including the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) or Pacific Northwest Generating Cooperative (PNGC) that are attributable to service to the account and not otherwise recovered under this schedule. These charges or credits will be applied on a pass-through basis as they are incurred by UEC.

Harmonics Power Quality Charge: A harmonics power quality charge may be applied by UEC Policy.

Franchise Fee and Taxes Charge: If a service meter for a member account is in a jurisdiction that levies franchise fees or taxes, then UEC will charge the account a proportionate amount of any franchise fee or tax levied on UEC by such jurisdictional entity.

Forecasting and Scheduling Load: Members served under this schedule must cooperate in forecasting and scheduling their load according to UEC Policy.

Minimum Charge: The minimum monthly charge shall be the sum of the applicable Basic Charge, Energy Charge, Demand Charge, Reactive Power Factor Charge, Other Charges and Credits, Harmonics Power
Quality Charge, and Franchise Fee and Taxes Charge.

Continuing Service: This schedule is based on continuing service at each service location. Disconnect and reconnect transactions shall not operate to relieve a member from minimum monthly charges.

Rules and Regulations: Service under this schedule is subject to the UEC Bylaws, Policies and, Terms and Conditions of Service as may be adopted or revised by UEC.

* Definitions: Maximum kW Demand is the highest metered kW demand for any 30-minute period during the billing month.

Schedule 6 - Large Commercial Rate - up to 300 kW

Schedule 6 – Large Industrial Rate – Over 10,000 kW (PDF)

Applies to accounts with an expected or historical measured Maximum kW Demand of more than 10,000 kW (1). This schedule shall also apply to all facilities designated as a New Large Single Load or planned New Large Single Load by Bonneville Power Administration. Deliveries at more than one point, or more than one voltage, will be separately metered and billed, as determined by UEC. Additional terms and conditions of service are included in the PDF above (see Exhibit A), incorporated by this reference and adopted as part of Schedule 6 as is set forth fully herein.

Service Agreement: The terms and conditions of any written agreement between UEC and member for electric service may supersede the applicable requirements of this schedule, if expressly stated in the written agreement.

Energy and Transmission Services Charge: UEC will pass through to member, without markup or deduction, all charges and costs reasonably incurred by UEC to acquire wholesale power, transmission and related services necessary to serve the Requirements Load (2). If the Requirements Load is less than the Scheduled Load (3), then UEC will pass through to Member, without markup or deduction, all losses or credits received by UEC to dispose of surplus wholesale power, transmission or related services acquired by UEC in reliance on the Scheduled Load.

UEC makes no warranty or representation that member is entitled to or will be charged a particular rate for wholesale power, transmission or related services necessary to serve the Requirements Load.

Delivery Charge: UEC will charge accounts under this schedule a Delivery Charge of $1.18 per kVA of Installed Capacity (4) per month. The Delivery Charge is calculated taking into consideration UEC’s costs to serve the account, including but not limited to, overhead costs, capital costs, operations and maintenance costs margin contribution and demand related costs.

Other Charges and Credits: UEC will pass through to member, without markup or deduction, all other charges and credits not otherwise recovered in the Energy and Transmission Services Charge or the Delivery Charge, reasonably incurred by UEC to provide electric service to the Requirements Load. Such charges may include, but are not limited to all charges and costs reasonably incurred by UEC to comply with
renewable portfolio standards, carbon taxes or similar legislative or administrative programs or requirements, to the extent such charges and costs are attributable to UEC’s provision of electric
service to the Requirements Load.

Reactive Power Factor Charge: If the average power factor for the billing month is less than 97%, a reactive power factor charge shall be calculated and applied as follows:

  1. Subtract the average power factor from 97%.
  2. Multiply the result times the Maximum kW Demand.
  3. Multiply the result by $ 9.00. The result equals the reactive power factor charge.

Franchise Fee and Taxes Charge: If the service meter(s) for a member account is located in a jurisdiction that levies franchise fees or taxes, then UEC will charge the account a proportionate amount of any franchise fee or tax levied on UEC by such jurisdictional entity.

Harmonics Power Quality Charge: A harmonics power quality charge may be applied by UEC Policy.

Forecasting and Scheduling Load: Members served under this schedule must cooperate in forecasting and scheduling their load according to the requirements of Exhibit A and UEC Policy.

Continuing Service: This schedule is based on continuing service at each service location. Disconnect and reconnect transactions shall not operate to relieve a member from minimum monthly charges.

Minimum Charge: The minimum monthly charge shall be the sum of the applicable Energy and Transmission Services Charge, Delivery Charge, Reactive Power Factor Charge, Other Charges and Credits, Harmonics Power Quality Charge and Franchise Fee and Taxes Charge.

Financial Security: Member shall provide UEC financial security as required by Exhibit A.

Rules and Regulations: Service under this schedule is subject to the UEC Bylaws, Policies, Exhibit A of this schedule, and Terms and Conditions of Service as may be adopted or revised by UEC.


( 1 ) Maximum kW Demand: the highest metered kW demand for any 30 minute period during the billing month.

( 2 ) Requirements Load: the amount of energy required by the Facility over the course of any period of time. Requirements Load shall be measured in kilowatt hours.

( 3 ) Scheduled Load: the adjusted load forecast for the Facility provided by Member to UEC that shall be the basis for UEC’s acquisition of wholesale power and transmission services in-order to provide Electric Service to the Facility.

( 4 ) Installed Capacity: the base nameplate rating of electrical transformer(s) as measured in kVA, installed and used by UEC to provide Electric Service to the Facility.

Schedule 7 - Small Agricultural Rate - 100 kW or less

Schedule 7 – Small Agricultural Irrigation Rate – 100 kW or Less (PDF)

Applies to agricultural irrigation accounts with an expected or historical Maximum kW Demand* of 100 kW or less. Service shall be 60 cycle, alternating current at such voltage as UEC has available.

Basic Charge: $35.00 per billing month during the months of March through October only.

Energy Charge: 6.11 cents per kWh

Demand Charge: Single Phase: $8.00 per kW of Maximum kW Demand* over 15kW per billing month during the months of March through October only.

Three Phase: $8.00 per kW of Maximum kW Demand* per billing month during the months of March through October only.

Irrigation Rate Discount: During May, June, July, August and September, UEC expects its power supplier to purchase a block of power from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) for use by UEC’s irrigators. Any BPA Irrigation Rate Discount received by UEC will be distributed proportionally to UEC’s irrigators.

Reactive Power Factor Charge: If the average power factor for the billing month is less than 97%, a reactive power factor charge shall be applied as follows:

  1. Subtract the average power factor from 97%.
  2. Multiply the result times the Maximum kW Demand*.
  3. Multiply the result by $8.00. The result equals the reactive power factor charge.

Harmonics Power Quality Charge: A harmonics power quality charge may be applied by UEC Policy.

Franchise Fee and Taxes Charge: If a service meter for a member account is located in a jurisdiction that levies franchise fees or taxes, then UEC will charge the account a proportionate amount of any franchise fee or tax levied on UEC by such jurisdictional entity.

Minimum Charge: The minimum monthly charge shall be the sum of the applicable Basic Charge, Energy Charge, Demand Charge, Reactive Power Factor Charge, Harmonics Power Quality Charge and Franchise
Fee and Taxes Charge.

Continuing Service: This schedule is based on continuing service at each service location. Disconnect and reconnect transactions shall not operate to relieve a member from minimum monthly charges.

Rules and Regulations: Service under this schedule is subject to the UEC Bylaws, Policies and Terms and Conditions of
Service as may be adopted or revised by UEC.

* Definitions: Maximum kW Demand is the highest metered kW demand for any 30-minute period during the billing month.

Schedule 9 - Large Agricultural Irrigation Rate - over 100kW

Schedule 9 – Large Agricultural Irrigation Rate – Over 100 kW (PDF)

Applies to multiple-phase agricultural irrigation accounts with an expected or historical Maximum kW Demand* of over 100 kW. Facilities designated as a New Large Single Load or planned New Large Single Load by Bonneville Power Administration will not be eligible for service under this schedule. Service shall be 60 cycle, alternating current at such voltage as UEC has available.

Basic Charge: $ 80.00 per billing month during the months of March through October only.

Energy Charge: 3.83 cents per kWh.

Demand Charge: $7.50 per kW of Maximum kW Demand* per billing month during the months of March through October only.

Irrigation Rate Discount: During May, June, July, August and September’ UEC expects its power supplier to purchase a block of power from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) for use by UEC’s irrigators. Any BPA Irrigation Rate Discount received by UEC will be distributed proportionally to UEC’s irrigators.

Reactive Power Factor Charge: If the average power factor for the billing month is less than 97%, a reactive power factor charge shall be applied as follows:

  1. Subtract the average power factor from 97%.
  2. Multiply the result times the Maximum kW Demand*.
  3. Multiply the result by $7.50. The result equals the power factor charge.

Harmonics Power Quality Charge: A harmonics power quality charge may be applied by UEC Policy.

Franchise Fee and Taxes Charge: If a service meter for a member account is located in a jurisdiction that levies franchise fees or taxes, then UEC will charge the account a proportionate amount of any franchise fee or tax levied on UEC by such jurisdictional entity.

Minimum Charge: The minimum monthly charge shall be the sum of the applicable Basic Charge, Energy Charge, Demand Charge, Reactive Power Factor Charge, Harmonics Power Quality Charge and Franchise
Fee and Taxes Charge.

Continuing Service: This schedule is based on continuing service at each service location. Disconnect and reconnect transactions shall not operate to relieve a member from minimum monthly charges.

Rules and Regulations: Service under this schedule is subject to the UEC Bylaws, Policies and, Terms and Conditions of Service as may be adopted or revised by UEC.

* Definitions: Maximum kW Demand is the highest metered kW demand for any 30-minute period during the billing month.

Schedule 10 - Event & Sporting Complex Lighting Rate

Schedule 10 – Event & Sporting Complex Lighting Rate (PDF)

Applies to accounts for the purpose of lighting outdoor sports fields that are normally used for football, baseball, softball, tennis, races, and other organized competitive sports. Service shall be 60 cycle, alternating current at such voltage as the Cooperative has available. Service under this schedule shall be supplied at one point of delivery through a single kilowatt-hour meter.

Basic Charge: $65.00 per billing month

Energy Charge: 4.00 cents per kWh

Franchise Taxes: If a service meter(s) for a member account is located in a jurisdiction that levies franchise fees or taxes, then UEC will charge the account a proportionate amount of any franchise fee or tax levied on UEC by such jurisdictional entity.

Minimum Charge: The minimum monthly charge shall be the sum of the Basic, Energy and Franchise Charges. A higher minimum may be required under contract to cover special conditions.

Continuing Service: This schedule is based on continuing service at each service location. Disconnect and reconnect transactions shall not operate to relieve a member from minimum monthly charges.

Rules and Regulations: Service under this schedule is provided subject to the UEC Bylaws, Policies and, Terms and Conditions of Service as may be adopted or revised by UEC.

Schedule 11 - Firm Point-to-Point Transmission Service

Schedule 11 – Firm Point-to-Point Transmission Service (PDF)

Applies to Firm Point-to-Point Transmission Service on transmission facilities owned and operated by Umatilla Electric Cooperative. Transmission service shall be subject to the availability of transmission capacity on the applicable transmission facilities and compliance with each of the conditions of service.

Transmission Service Agreement: Any applicant seeking Firm Point-to-Point Transmission Service from UEC under this Schedule 11 shall become a member of UEC and shall enter into a Transmission Service Agreement with UEC. The Transmission Service Agreement shall establish, among other things, the point on UEC’s facilities where the member will deliver, and UEC will receive, electric power (“Point of Receipt”). The Transmission Service Agreement will also establish the point on UEC’s transmission facilities where the energy transmitted by UEC will be made available to a receiving party (“Point of Delivery”). The Transmission Service Agreement shall specify the UEC transmission facilities that will be used to provide Firm Point-toPoint Transmission Service from the Point of Receipt to the Point of Delivery, and the member’s
Reserved Capacity (defined below) with respect to such facilities.

Transmission Rates: The applicable rates for Firm Point-to-Point Transmission Service shall be based on the voltage of energy to be delivered by the member to the Point of Receipt:

  • T-1: Point of Receipt at UEC system voltage of 69 kV and above:
    • $0.65 per kW of Reserved Capacity per month.
  • T-2: Point of Receipt on (or immediately adjacent to) the low side of a UEC substation with voltage below 69 kV requiring voltage transformation to 69kV or above and not qualifying for T-1:
    • $2.38 per kW of Reserved Capacity per month.
  • T-3: Point of Receipt at UEC system voltage below 69 kV and not qualifying for T-2:
    • $6.11 per kW of Reserved Capacity per month.

If the UEC system voltage at the Point of Delivery is less than the UEC system voltage at the Point of Receipt, then Transmission Rate T-3 shall apply.

Reserved Capacity:

  1. Reserved Capacity is the maximum amount of capacity and energy that the member may deliver to the Point of Receipt, and that UEC agrees to transmit from the Point of Receipt to the Point of Delivery, as set forth in the Transmission Service Agreement. Member’s delivery of energy to the Point of Receipt shall not exceed the Reserved Capacity. Reserved Capacity shall be expressed in terms of kW on a thirty (30) minute interval basis.
  2. Should the member require additional Firm Point-to-Point Transmission Service in excess of the Reserved Capacity, the member must submit a new transmission service request to UEC. Any new transmission service request for additional reserved capacity shall be governed by and processed in accordance with UEC Operating Policy 58 and, if available, may be provided by UEC on terms and conditions that are different from those set forth in the Transmission Service Agreement.

Deliveries of Energy by the Member in Excess of Reserved Capacity:

  1. The greatest kWh energy delivery from member to the Point of Receipt over any thirty (30) minute period during a billing month shall be the member’s “Actual kW Demand” for such billing month.
  2. Should the member’s Actual kW Demand for any billing month exceed its Reserved Capacity, UEC shall direct the member in writing to reduce deliveries of energy to the Point of Receipt to an amount equal to or less than the Reserved Capacity. In addition to imposing an Unauthorized Capacity Charge, UEC shall have the immediate right to permanently or temporarily disconnect the member from UEC’s transmission facilities (with or without notice) if member’s Actual kW Demand exceeds its Reserved Capacity and UEC reasonably believes that:
    • service continuity or quality of service to other members may be adversely impacted; or
    • if the member’s unauthorized use of capacity could impair UEC’s ability to meet other material obligations.

Monthly Charge: In addition to the applicable Transmission Rate set forth above, the monthly charge payable by the member to UEC for Firm Point-to-Point Transmission Service may also include: (1) any applicable harmonics power quality charge under UEC policy; (2) any applicable power factor charge and/or limitation; (3) any applicable Unauthorized Capacity Charge; (4) other direct costs of service; and (5)
other charges that may be specifically allowed in the member’s Transmission Service Agreement.

  1. Harmonics Power Quality Charge: Transmission Rates T-1, T-2, and T-3 may be subject to a harmonics power quality charge pursuant to UEC Board Policy.
  2. Power Factor Charge and/or Limitation: Transmission Rates T-1, T-2, and T-3 may be subject to a power factor charge and/or power factor limitation pursuant to UEC Board Policy.
  3. Unauthorized Capacity Charge: Ten (10) times the otherwise applicable Transmission Rate multiplied by the amount by which the Actual kW Demand during a billing month exceeds the Reserved Capacity (Unauthorized Capacity) for such billing month. The Unauthorized Capacity Charge shall be based on the highest amount of Unauthorized Capacity used by member in any month. The Unauthorized Capacity Charge shall continue for the excess month and thereafter, until Actual kW Demand has not exceeded Reserved Capacity for a continuous 11 (eleven) month period. Payment of such Unauthorized Capacity Charge shall not, however, entitle the member to the continued use of transmission capacity in excess of the member’s Reserved Capacity.
  4. Costs of Service: Any additional costs directly incurred by UEC as a result of providing Firm Point-to-Point Transmission Service to the member, including but not limited to ancillary service
    costs, franchise fees, and taxes.

Continuing Service: This Schedule 11 contemplates a continuous connection to the Point of Receipt for the term set forth in the Transmission Service Agreement. UEC reserves the right to recover additional costs, fees and charges from the member in the event of disconnection of service and/or subsequent request for reconnection.

Applicable Policies: Firm Point-to-Point Transmission Service under this Schedule 11 is subject to all then-applicable policies of UEC, including but not limited to UEC Board Policy 69 and UEC Operating Policy 58, and the terms and conditions of the Transmission Service Agreement. The provisions, charges, and fees set forth in the UEC policies and rate schedules are subject to periodic review and revision by the UEC Board of Directors.

Schedule 12 - Lighting Rate

Schedule 12 – Lighting Rate (PDF)

Applicable to all consumers for dusk to dawn outdoor lighting where service is available under existing line extension policies.

Monthly Light Charge:

  • Under 100 Watts or equivalent: $10.00
  • 100 – 200 Watts or equivalent: $11.00
  • Over 200 Watts or equivalent: $15.00

Conditions of Service: Umatilla Electric will operate and maintain the lighting installation. Repairs will be done as soon as reasonably possible after notification by the customer is received by UEC. Maintenance will be done only during normal working hours. There will be no additional charge to the member for reasonable and customary maintenance. Obsolete installations may be replaced with a different wattage service.

Franchise Fee and Taxes Charge: If a service meter for a member account is located in a jurisdiction that levies franchise fees or taxes, then UEC will charge the account a proportionate amount of any franchise fee or tax levied on UEC by such jurisdictional entity.

Minimum Charge: The minimum monthly charge shall be the sum of the applicable Basic Charge, Energy Charge and Franchise Fee and Taxes Charge.

Continuing Service: This schedule is based on continuing service at each service location. Disconnect and reconnect transaction shall not operate to relieve a member from minimum monthly charges.

Rules and Regulations: Service under this schedule is provided subject to the UEC Bylaws, Policies and Terms and Conditions of Service as may be adopted or revised by UEC.