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2017 Rate Restructure Details

As a not-for-profit, public power entity, Emerald PUD provides power to customers at cost, and raises rates only when necessary. EPUD’s rates remain among the lowest in the Eugene-Springfield area. With our new rate structure, residential rates will be 20% lower than Pacific Power.

Emerald’s New Rate Structure

The new rate structure becomes effective April 1, 2017. It includes an overall 3 percent rate increase. However, approximately half of Emerald’s residential customers will see their electric bills slightly decrease. Customers who use less than 1,800 kWh per month will see reduced bills (when compared to same usage at Emerald’s current residential rates). This new rate structure:

  • Gives you more control over your bills with the new tiered pricing
  • Promotes conservation and energy efficiency
How It Works

  1. The monthly electric system charge will increase to $26.75.
    The electric system charge is designed to cover fixed costs, which are expenses EPUD incurs regardless of how much energy you consume. Examples include the cost of maintaining power lines and the overall electric distribution system, meter reading, and billing. These items are all necessary in order for EPUD to deliver power to you at the flip of a switch.
  2. Energy usage will be billed using tiered pricing.
    Energy usage charges account for the amount of electricity you used that month. There are 3 tiers, or levels of usage, and each level has its own rate. They are:
    a. For usage of 1 to 600 kWh, the cost is $0.0696 per kWh. This is a 1 cent reduction to EPUD’s current rate.
    b. For usage of 601 to 1,800 kWh, the cost is $0.0796. This is EPUD’s current rate.
    c. For usage of 1,801 kWh and above, the cost is $0.1089. This is an increase of $0.0293 per kWh which applies only to usage over 1,800 kWh per month.


EXAMPLE 1: 1,300 kWh

A typical EPUD customer uses about 1,300 kWh per month. At existing rates, the bill would be $126.48. With the new 2017 rate structure, the bill is reduced to $124.23.

Electric System Charge $26.75
0-600 kWh $41.76
601-1,800 kWh $55.72
1,801 kWh and higher 0.00
TOTAL BILL $124.23

EXAMPLE 2: 1,800 kWh

For a household that uses 1,800 kWh per month, the bill at existing rates would be $166.28. At the new rates, it is reduced to $164.03.

Electric System Charge $26.75
0-600 kWh $41.76
601-1,800 kWh $95.52
1,801 kWh and higher 0.00
TOTAL BILL $164.03

EXAMPLE 3: 2,000 kWh— Use less than 1,800 kWh per month to save money and avoid the higher Tier 3 rate

A household using 2,000 kWh per month would see a slight increase. At existing rates, the bill would be $182.20. At the new rates, the bill would be $185.81.

Electric System Charge $26.75
0-600 kWh $41.76
601-1,800 kWh $95.52
1,801 kWh and higher 21.78
TOTAL BILL $185.81


How was the rate change decided?
A citizens advisory committee worked with EPUD staff to develop a recommendation. The restructure was approved by EPUD’s Board of Directors in December 2016.

Why is the rate restructure needed?
The rate restructure is needed to appropriately recover EPUD’s fixed costs while maintaining an incentive for conservation.

Why change the electric system charge?
The electric system charge was increased to better align rates with the fixed costs of providing electricity. The charge works to offset expenses that exist regardless of how much energy you use.

How will the new rates affect me?
The tiered rate structure rewards energy conservation and gives you control of your bill. Use less than 1,800 kWh and your bill will decrease (when compared to same usage at current 2016 rates).

When does the rate change take effect?
The rate change begins April 1, 2017; however, you will not see the tiered pricing until you receive your May bill.

What about high winter bills? Will they go up?
With tiered rates, households using more than 1,800 kWh per month will likely see an increase, particularly during months when energy use is highest—usually in winter. For those who fall into this category, we offer programs that can help, such as free energy audits and incentives to help you improve your home’s efficiency, regardless if you rent or own. Low-income payment assistance programs are also available to qualifying households.