New lower kilowatt hour rates for residential and small general service members went into effect on January 1, 2022. Also, a small fee for demand was added. Members in each classification can now use these calculators to make a comparison of their monthly costs before and after the recent rate change.
Your bill is composed of an Access Fee charge of $39 for residential service accounts and small general service accounts and $59 for larger general service accounts, all of which remain the same each month; and a kilowatt hour charge, which changes depending on the amount of energy you use. If you own a business, you may also see a third portion: the demand charge.
Rates are set by the Fall River Board of Directors, who are elected by you – our owner-members.
This charge ensures all members pay their fair share of fixed costs. Without it, year-round members would pay the majority of infrastructure costs for seasonal residents, who make up about 40 percent of the Cooperative’s membership. Even if you use no electricity for an entire season, the Cooperative must maintain the physical facilities of lines, poles & transformers to deliver energy to you when you want it.
*If a member disconnects from Residential or General Service, switching to Idle Service rate, and reconnects within 12 months of the disconnect date, the Access Fee charge for the respective rate class will be applied for that time period, less any Idle Service charges billed for.
Demand (kW) Charge
This is for the amount of demand usage measured in kilowatts (kW) not kilowatt hours within a billing month. Demand is determined by the highest number of kilowatts you use in a month and is another tool members have available for them to control and potentially reduce their monthly bill. Click this link https://www.fallriverelectric.com/demand to learn ways to better control the amount of demand you use monthly.
Kilowatt hour (kWh) Charge
This charge pays for the energy you consume. Fall River purchases about 85% percent of the power that is delivered to members from wholesale sources. Most of this power is purchased through the Bonneville Power Administration, which sells power from large federal hydropower projects in the Northwest.
The remaining 15 percent of power that is delivered to members comes from power generated at the Cooperative’s hydroelectric projects on the Henry’s Fork Watershed. Two of these power projects comprise our Green Power program.