FAQs for Texas

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Understanding My Bill FAQs for Texas

  • What is included in the TDU Delivery Charges? How are these delivery charges determined?

    The TDU Delivery Charge is a mix of usage based fees as well as standard monthly fees. These fees are passed through to you without markup from your local TDU. They cover the cost for maintaining the wires and for distributing your...

  • What is the PUC Assessment on my bill?

    The PUC Assessment is a fee assessed by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT). This fee covers the cost of the administration of the PUC Regulatory Act. It is equal to 1/6 of 1 percent of the charges on your bill, excluding sales tax.

    You'll see the PUC Assessment as a new line item on your bill. This fee is assessed by the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and it has always been a part of your monthly price per kilowatt hour. The reason you now see it is because we have unbundled the energy charge portion of your bill to distinguish which fees are assessed by First Choice Power and which are assessed by your local utility...

  • What are distribution charges?

    Distribution charges are the fees your local utility company assesses to deliver electricity to your home. This is a separate charge from how much energy you used in a billing cycle. Your utility company charges these fees no matter which electricity company you choose for your...

  • What is a non-recurring fee?

    Non-recurring fees are assessed by the utility company for your area (also known as the Transmission and Distribution Service Provider, or TDSP). These fees may include a new service initiation fee, a connection fee, a disconnection fee, or a meter-reading fee if you requested a meter reading outside of your normal billing cycle.

    These charges are listed separately on your monthly bill, as they are not assessed by First Choice Power. However, because we are your Retail Electric Provider (REP), we are required to pass them on to...

  • What are transmission charges?

    These charges are assessed by your local utility company on your bill for the cost of moving high-voltage electricity from the company generating the electricity across the wires of your utility company and into your home. These charges are separate from the ones that assess how much energy you...

  • What is the Gross Receipts Reimbursement?

    This is the charge assessed to recover the Gross Receipts Reimbursement imposed on retail electric providers operating in an incorporated city or town having a population of more than 1,000. The acceptable abbreviation for this charge is "Gross Receipts Reimb." The Gross Receipts Reimbursement is imposed on both utility companies and retail energy providers located in a city or town having a population of more than 1,000 according to the last federal census. This fee may or may not appear on your First Choice Power Bill, depending on where you live. For more information on this fee, please visit http://www.window.state.tx.usand click on the tab marked "Texas...

  • What does kWh mean?

    The abbreviation "kWh" stands for kilowatt-hour. This is the unit of measurement for how much electricity you use over a given stretch of...

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