Rates


Simplified Rate Overview – Effective Jan. 1, 2020

How Rates Are Set

Rates charged to Umatilla Electric’s 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:

  1. Monthly Basic Charge: a fixed charge that recovers the non-energy costs of providing service, such as meter reading, billing and member services.
  2. Kilowatt-hour (kWh) Charge: recovers UEC costs to buy power from wholesale suppliers.
  3. 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

Schedule 1 – Residential Rate

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

Schedule 2 – Seasonal Rate – Occasional Use

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.

Schedule 3 – Commercial Rate – Up to 300 kW

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.

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

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.

Schedule 6 – Large Industrial Rate – Over 10,000 kW

Applies to accounts with an expected or historical measured Maximum kW Demand of more than 10,000 kW. 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.

Schedule 7 – Small Agricultural Irrigation Rate – 100 kW or Less

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.

Schedule 9 – Large Agricultural Irrigation Rate – Over 100 kW

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.

Schedule 10 – Event & Sporting Complex Lighting Rate

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 one kilowatt-hour meter.

Schedule 12 – Lighting Rate

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