Residents Residential Utility Rates
 
 

Residential Utility Rates and Information

Electric Residential Rate 

May 1, 2014

Monthly Customer Charge: $14.00 per month.

Energy Charges:

      All months:   $0.09755 per kilowatt-hour supplied in the month.

May 1, 2015

Monthly Customer Charge: $14.00 per month.

Energy Charges:

All months: $0.10389 per kilowatt-hour supplied in the month.

Purchased Power Adjustment Factor (PPAF)

Effective for all bills issued on and after May 1, 2014, the charges to all customers for each kilowatt hour (kwh) supplied under all rates except for market rates and those with a separate contract shall be adjusted by a Purchased Power Adjustment Factor (PPAF) to reflect the actual changes in the cost of purchased power.  The adjustment will be caclulated as a rate for all customers and applied to customer utility bills on a per kwh basis in the same manner as the fixed rates.

The PPAF will be determined to the nearest $0.0001 in accordance with the following formula:

((PP + T – WR) / K) x (TKP / TKS) - BC

Where:

PPAF = Purchased Power Adjustment Factor

PP = Cost of purchased power form all suppliers and from the PJM market in the month two months prior to the billing month, including any ancillary costs directly related to the cost of purchased power.

T = Cost of transmission in the month two months prior to the billing month, for all power purchased or sold, including any ancillary costs directly related to the cost of transmission, less transmission revenue.

WR = Revenue from wholesale sales in the month two months prior, including sales of excess power into the PJM market.

K = Number of kilowatt hours purchased in the month two months prior to the billing month.

TKP = Total kilowatt hours purchased in the 12 preceding calendar months.

TKS = Total kilowatt hours sold at retail and wholesale in the 12 preceding calendar months

BC = Base Cost of power purchased including cost of delivery

           May 1, 2014 - BC = $0.06372 per kWh

           May 1, 2015 - BC = $0.06882 per kWh           

The PPAF shall be calculated and applied to customer bills on a monthly basis consistent with the above calculation except for those customers that use budget billing. Budget billing customers will have the PPAF applied on a monthly basis but will accumulate the adjustment and such adjustment will be incorporated when the budget billing amount is adjusted as required.

In the event that the information necessary to calculate the PPAF is delayed or unavailable, the PPAF may be calculated and applied in a following month in order to avoid a delay in the issuance of billings.

Electric Tax and Franchise Fee

The State of Illinois requires the City of Batavia to collect an Electric Excise Tax.  The tax is the lower of 5% of total electric charges (before taxes or franchise fees) or .0032 cents per kWh.  The City of Batavia collects the tax and remits it to the State of Illinois Department of Revenue each month. 

The City of Batavia charges a 4% Franchise Fee on the total electric charges.  This franchise fee is collected and paid to the City of Batavia's general operations fund.  This franchise fee supports general operations of the City of Batavia and allows the City of Batavia to levy lower property taxes.  The franchise fee is a local tax and would be charged to electric customers if the utility were an investor owned utility or public utility.

Terms of Service

The customer’s term of service shall commence when service is established and shall continue for not more than ten days after notice is received to discontinue service.

Late Payments

Payments received after the due date will receive a late fee of 5%. Utilities may be shut off when billings of $50.00 or more remains unpaid for more than 30 days or when billings less than $50.00 remain unpaid for more than 60 days.  Failure to receive a bill will not be considered an excuse for non-payment.  Once service is disconnected or payment is made after the final notice cut-off time, an automatic $30.00 reconnection fee shall be required in addition to the full outstanding balance.  A charge of $75.00 shall be paid for reinstatement if performed at times other than regular working hours in addition to payment in full of any outstanding balance and penalty.

A $15.00 fee will be assessed for any check returned by the bank for any reason.

We hope you understand the necessity for these polices.

Electric Rates Rev. May 2014

Money Saving Tips

  • Check the filter on your air conditioner once a month during the summer and regularly clean or change the air filter on your furnace during the winter.
  • Insulate hot water heater and pipes.
  • Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater
  • Direct sunlight reduces a window air conditioner's efficiency, so place units on the north (or shady) side of your house or shade from the sun.
  • Set your thermostat at 78° F in the summer and use a fan to circulate the air.
  • Keep the refrigerator door closed and make sure it has adequate circulation.
  • Turn off appliances and electronics when not in use.
  • Keep your light fixtures clean.  Dirt can absorb as much as half of the light.
  • Don't just leave the lights on.  Use timers, motion sensors and photo sensors.
  • Wash only full loads of clothes and dishes – this will save water and electricity.
  • Plant some trees.  Deciduous trees, which lose their leaves in the winter, can help you reduce your energy costs during the summer because their foliage provides shade.  Also, in the winter, after their leaves have fallen, the sun's warmth passes unobstructed into your home.  Strategically placed shrubs and vines can also reduce the effect of the sun's heat – but remember to keep the shrubs around your meters trimmed so City employees can read your meter easily.

Other helpful tips can be found at the following website:  Keep Warm Illinois

Electric Safety

Please keep in mind these safety tips for you and your family.

  • Never touch anything electrical if you are wet or standing in water.
  • If you see a fallen power line, STAY FAR AWAY – low lying power lines can be blown by the wind or they can even move from electricity in the wire.
  • Never fly kites, model airplanes or balloons near power lines.
  • Don't climb power poles or trees near power lines.
  • Never touch or go near electrical equipment. 
  • Do not play on or near transformer boxes, or put anything in any holes in them.
  • Obey signs marked "Danger," "High Voltage," or "Keep Out," - they are there for your safety.


Water Rates

Rate: $3.05 per 100 cubic feet of metered usage, plus applicable meter service charge:

Meter Size

Rate

   

Meter Size

Rate

.75 inch or less

$   4.06

   

2.00 inches

$   28.89

1.00 inch

$   7.21

   

3.00 inches

$   65.03

1.25 inches

$ 11.28

   

4.00 inches

$ 115.58

1.50 inches

$ 16.25

   

6.00 inches

$ 260.09


Please contact the Utility Billing office before filling your pool to ensure you will benefit from the City’s summer sewer-averaging program (see wastewater/sewer rates below).

Water Utility Tax

The City of Batavia charges a 4% Water Utility Tax.  This tax goes to support general operations of the City.  The charges is calculated by adding the base water charge to the use charge and multiplying by 4% (.04).

Water Conservation

Water conservation measures are an important first step in protecting our water supply.  The City of Batavia has water conservation regulations for lawn sprinkling in order to ensure that there is a continuous adequate water supply for drinking, bathing and fire protection.  See Water Conservation Regulations.

Conservation Tips:

Indoors 

  • Fix leaking faucets, pipes, toilets, etc.
  • Replace old fixtures; install water-saving devices in faucets, toilets and appliances
  • Wash only full loads of laundry
  • Do not use the toilet for trash disposal
  • Take shorter showers
  • Do not let the water run while shaving or brushing teeth
  • Run the dishwasher only when full

Outdoors 

  • Water the lawn and garden during the coolest part of the day; following the water conservation regulations.
  • Position sprinklers so all the water lands on the lawn and not the pavement. 
  • Use mulch around plants and shrubs.
  • Use a rain barrel
  • Use a bucket when washing a vehicle
  • Repair leaks in faucets and hoses.
  • Use water-saving nozzles.

Did you know?

  • The average toilet uses 5 to 7 gallons of water per flush.  A leaking toilet can waste up to 100 gallons per day.
  • A shower can use 25 to 50 gallons.
  • Cutting one minute off your shower time can save 700 gallons of water/month.
  • The average bath takes about 50 –70 gallons of water.
  • Just washing your hands can use up to 3 gallons of water.
  • Letting the water run while you brush your teeth can waste 3 gallons of water.
  • A leaky or drippy faucet can waste as much as 30 –50 gallons a day.
  • Automatic dishwashers use about 20 gallons per load.
  • Washing one load of clothes uses about 45 gallons of water.
  • Outdoor spigots can pump out 5 to 10 gallons per minute.
  • The average individual uses about 125 gallons of water per day.
  • An average residence uses 107,000 gallons of water per year.
  • About 340 billion gallons of water are used every day in the United States. This includes water used in irrigation, industry, fire fighting and street cleaning.
  • 80% of the earth's surface is water
  • 97% of the earth's water is seawater.
  • 2% of the earth's water supply is locked in icecaps and glaciers.
  • 1% of the earth's water is available for drinking.


Wastewater/Sewer Rates

Rate: $3.17 per 100 cubic feet of metered water usage plus applicable meter service charge:

Meter Size

Rate

   

Meter Size

Rate

.75 inch or less

$   7.16

   

2.00 inches

$   39.87

1.00 inch

$   9.94

   

3.00 inches

$   89.53

1.25 inches

$ 15.57

   

4.00 inches

$ 159.43

1.50 inches

$ 22.41

   

6.00 inches

$ 358.75

The City of Batavia provides some relief for lawn watering and other outdoor water uses for residential customers sewer bills during the summer.

City of Batavia sewer bills are based on water usage.  Because you may use additional water outdoors in the summer months, the City of Batavia has a summer sewer-averaging program that reduces the amount you are charged for sewer for four months over the summer.  The amount of sewer charges you pay is based on 130% of your average use during the prior months of December, January and February (when your water use is lower).  That average is used as a basis for your sewer bill for the first bill sent after June 15th and the following three months.  Of course if you happen to use less, you are only charged for actual use.

Customers should be aware that the summer sewer program may not apply to all of the typical lawn watering months.  The four months you receive the averaging depends on the meter reading route for your address.  The four-month period could begin in May or June depending on your meter read date.  Please call the Billing Department if you have any questions as to your “billing cycle” and when your home will benefit from this program.

Sewer use charges (meter charge still applies) shall be calculated by applying the above rates, except in the case of the four monthly billings issued after June 15th of each year.  The billings dated June, July, August, and September shall be charged the lesser of:

1. The amount equaling the rate applied to the actual metered water usage, or

2. The amount equaling the rate applied to 130% of the customer’s average monthly-metered usage for the preceding months of December, January and February. In the case of new customers who have not established an average usage, the four monthly billings following June 15th shall each be lesser of:

a.  The amount equaling the rate applied to the actual metered water usage, or
b.  The amount equaling the rate applied to 1500 cubic feet of water usage.

    Water/Wastewater/Sewer Rates Effective for Bills issued after January 1, 2014