Small Nonresidential Electric

Typical Electricity Bill Data for Small Nonresidential RG&E Customers

Interested in what comprises a typical small nonresidential electricity bill? The graphs below compare average monthly electricity bills over the last 10 years for small nonresidential customers who purchased their electricity supply from RG&E.

Monthly Small Commercial and Industrial Electricity Costs

Based on average use of 50 kilowatt, 12,600 kilowatt-hours per month

The data in the above chart is based on average usage for a typical customer. Individual bills will vary depending on specific usage.

Some additional information about the average cost data

Delivery charge: What you pay RG&E to transport electricity to your home or business.

  • Revenue Decoupling Mechanism (RDM), a charge or credit on your bill that reflects the difference between forecast and actual delivery service revenues by service classification to encourage the promotion of energy efficiency and renewable technologies.

Supply charge: What you pay for the electricity purchased for you.

  • RG&E makes no profit on your electricity supply costs. The Supply charge also includes a Merchant Function charge, which represents the administrative cost for RG&E to obtain electricity supply on their customers' behalf.

Surcharges: What you pay in state mandated charges, including:

  • Taxes: Includes the collection of Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) imposed by New York State and/or some local municipalities, where applicable. 
  • System Benefits Charge (SBC), which is used to fund energy efficiency programs, provide assistance for low income customers and energy research. The SBC was expanded in October 2008 to include the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard.
  • In June 2004, Retail Access Surcharge was added to bills to collect from all customers the amount of retail access credits given to those customers who choose receive their electricity supply from an energy services company (ESCO). This charge ended in September 2010.
  • New York State Assessment: As required by state law, effective July 1, 2009, utilities must collect a special state assessment from customers for the state's general fund.

Want to learn more?

View a 10-year comparison for RG&E small nonresidential natural gas supply customers here.