How to read my electric bill
UES' electric rates reflect the cost of providing safe, reliable service to our customers. They also reflect the complexity of that task, with fixed fees, usage-based charges and surcharges that can be difficult to understand. The following summary offers explanations for the terms you'll find on your monthly bill, including links to details posted elsewhere on this website.
The charges listed in this section of your bill recover the cost of delivering power to customers. These charges reflect the cost of poles, wires, transformers and other infrastructure; employees and contractors who install, operate and maintain that equipment; and other necessary business expenses.
The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) sets rates that divide responsibility for these costs among different types of customers — residential, small business, large business and industrial — based on their typical energy usage patterns. UES' rates are designed to recover the appropriate portion of these costs from each customer group through a combination of fixed fees and usage-based charges.
Power Supply Charges
This section of your bill includes usage-based charges to cover the cost of generating or buying energy for customers.
UES is using more renewable power and helping customers save energy. Some of the costs associated with these efforts are recovered through usage-based surcharges approved by the ACC and listed in this section of your bill.
Taxes and Assessments
The charges on your bill are subject to government taxes and fees. UES forwards all of the money collected from these charges to the appropriate authorities.