*These are the formal definitions provided to us by the PUC. If you would like to read an alternate version click here

Energy Terms and Definitions

Advanced metering charge

A charge assessed to recover a TDU’s charges for Advanced Metering Systems, to the extent that they are not recovered in a TDU’s standard metering charge.

Base Charge

A charge assessed during each billing cycle without regard to the customer’s demand or energy consumption.

Competition Transition Charge

A charge assessed to recover a TDU’s charges for nonsecuritized costs associated with the transition to competition.

Demand Charge

A charge based on the rate at which electric energy is delivered to or by a system at a given instant, or averaged over a designated period, during the billing cycle.

Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)

An organization that manages the flow of electricity to most homes and businesses in Texas.

Electric Service Identifier (ESI ID)

The unique identifier for the location of a home or business.

Electricity Facts Label (EFL)

A document that describes the details of your electricity plan. It includes your average rate, term length, and any fees associated with your plan.

Energy Charge

A charge based on the amount of electricity consumed.

Energy Efficiency Cost Recovery Factor

A charge assessed to recover a TDU’s costs for energy efficiency programs, to the extent that the TDU charge is a separate charge exclusively for that purpose that is approved by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (“PUC”). Acceptable abbreviation: Energy Efficiency.

KiloWatt (kW)

KiloWatt is the standard unit for measuring electricity demand, equal to 1,000 watts.

KiloWatt-hour (kWh)

KiloWatt-hour is the standard unit for measuring electricity consumption, equal to 1,000 watt-hours.

Late Payment Penalty

A charge assessed for late payment in accordance with PUC rules.

Meter Charge

A charge assessed to recover a TDU’s charges for metering a customer’s consumption, to the extent that the TDU charge is a separate charge exclusively for that purpose that is approved by the PUC.

Minimum Usage Fee

*Please see alternate definitions page.

Miscellaneous Gross Receipts Tax Reimbursement

A fee assessed to recover the miscellaneous gross receipts tax imposed on retail electric providers operating in an incorporated city or town having a population of more than 1,000.

Nuclear Decommissioning Fee

A charge assessed to recover a TDU’s charges for decommissioning of nuclear generating sites.

PUC Assessment

A fee assessed to recover the statutory fee for administering the Public Utility Regulatory Act.

Retail Electricity Provider (REP)

A company that sells electricity to customers in the areas of Texas where the sale of electricity is open to retail competition.

Sales tax

Sales tax collected by authorized taxing authorities, such as the state, cities and special purpose districts.

System Benefit Fund

A non-bypassable charge approved by the PUC.

TDU Delivery Charges

The total amounts assessed by a TDU for the delivery of electricity to a customer over poles and wires and other TDU facilities not including discretionary charges.

TDU Meter Surcharge

This represents the estimated total TDU charges that Brilliant Energy passes through to Customers. It may include charges like the Advanced Meter Fee. If passed through, the charges will appear on your bill with the corresponding text as required by PUC regulations.

Transition Charge

A charge assessed to recover a TDU’s charges for securitized costs associated with the transition to competition.

Transmission Distribution Surcharges

One or more TDU surcharge(s) on a customer’s bill in any combination. Surcharges include charges billed as tariff riders by the TDU.

Transmission Distribution Utility/Transmission Distribution Service Provider  (TDU/TDSP)

The company that owns and maintains all equipment associated with providing power.