Fixed Charges: The good, the bad and the ugly

Electric utility fixed charge hike proposals and commission decisions — 2018 results and a look at the last four years

Samantha Williams
Feb 12 · 7 min read
Source: NRDC, National Consumer Law Center, Vote Solar

Breaking results down by state over the past four years

We’ve tracked a total 158 utility proposals with commission decisions on fixed charges from 2015–2018. Some of these are multiple proposals over the period by the same utilities, and when we collapse those to look at the cumulative results we find that commissions approved an average $1.38 increase that took average customer charges from $9.39 to $10.77 over the four years.

Source: NRDC, National Consumer Law Center, Vote Solar

Results in states where commissions dealt with the most fixed charge proposals

Some state commissions were busier than other with proposals from utilities on fixed charges. Pennsylvania topped the list with 15 separate fixed fee hike proposals that resulted in commission decisions, followed by Michigan with 12. Then there were another six states that saw 6–9 proposals each. Here’s a graphic that looks just at outcomes in these states with the most commission decisions from 2015–2018:

Source: NRDC, National Consumer Law Center, Vote Solar

Getting it Right on Electricity Rate Design

Perspectives and commentary on how utility rates can be designed to support clean, efficient and affordable energy for everyone.

Samantha Williams

Written by

Clean energy advocate in NRDC's Midwest program, lawyer by trade, climate action crusader at heart. Tweets are my own.

Getting it Right on Electricity Rate Design

Perspectives and commentary on how utility rates can be designed to support clean, efficient and affordable energy for everyone.