Understanding My Bill

 Understanding My Bill 

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In our ongoing efforts to better serve our customers, below is a sample BGE billing statement. Your bill provides detailed information to help you understand how you are billed for the energy used to power your home. An overview of electric and/or gas charges are shown on the front of the bill. The details (an explanation of the charges) are shown on the back of the bill.

Instructions: Roll your mouse over an item and an explanation will pop up.

Bill Front Sample

Sample-Bill-Front.jpg SummaryImportant Information About Your BillNext Scheduled ReadingElectric Usage ProfileGas Usage ProfilePayment Stub

Bill Back Sample

 Sample-Bill-Back.jpg Electric DetailsBGE SupplyBGE Electric Delivery ServiceCustomer ChargeEmPower MD ChgDistribution ChargeRSP ChargeDemand Response ChargeERI ChargeState/Local TaxesGas DetailsBGE Gas Delivery ServiceCustomer ChargeSTRIDE ChargeEmPower Md. ChargeDistribution ChargeOther ChargesGas Commodity ChargesBGE Contact InformationOther BGE Bill Payment Options

  1. The Summary box shows the billing date, payments received since your last bill was prepared, any outstanding balance, charges for the current billing period, and the late charge applied if your bill is not paid by the due date. This section also provides information about any supplier, other than BGE.
  2. Important Information About Your Bill is shown in this area.
    • Your Price to Compare is the price per kilowatt-hour you can use to compare prices among electric suppliers.
    • Other messages from BGE.
  3. Next Scheduled Reading shows the approximate date of your next scheduled meter reading.
  4. The Electric Usage Profile shows your electric use during the current period compared to last month and last year. This area will indicate whether the bill was based on an actual or estimated meter reading.
  5. The Gas Usage Profile (shown only if you are supplied with natural gas) shows your gas use during the current period compared to last month and last year. This area will indicate whether the bill was based on an actual or estimated meter reading.
  6. Payment Stub – When paying by check, please fill in the amount paid section and remit the stub with your payment. When paying by phone, online or via BGEasy automatic bill payment service, keep the stub for your records.
  7. Electric Details include your Electric Choice ID, your rate schedule, the billing period covered by this bill, the date of your last meter reading, your electric meter number, and how much electricity you used this billing period. When choosing an electric supplier, customers should refer to the Electric Choice ID number.
  8. BGE Supply charges are shown here. These include both generation and transmission charges.
    • If your electric supply is provided by an alternate supplier, your electric supply charges will appear below the Total BGE Electric Amount information.
  9. BGE Electric Delivery Service includes:
    • The Customer Charge which covers expenses not directly associated with the generation or delivery of energy, such as billing, metering and meter reading. This is the same amount each month.
    • EmPower Md. Charge – the cost to develop and deliver energy efficiency programs in support of a state-wide initiative to reduce electric consumption and demand 15 percent by 2015. (e.g. The BGE Smart Energy Savers Program®)
    • The Distribution Charge covers the cost of delivering the electricity to your residence.
    • RSP Charge/Miscellaneous Credits – relate to the 2006 Rate Stabilization Plan. The RSP Charge is the repayment of deferral credits provided to help customers transition to market rates. See bge.com for further details.
    • Dmd Res Chg/Cr C – Demand Resource Surcharge: A surcharge that allows BGE to apply the costs or benefits resulting from a PSC Order that requires utilities to enter into contracts with demand resource providers for the June 1, 2011 through May 31, 2016 power planning years, with a two-year extension provision (June 1, 2016 - May 31, 2018), to help reduce energy demand in peak times such as on extremely hot days.
    • ERI Initiative Chg – The Electric Reliability Initiative Charge for electric customers only was approved by the MD Public Service Commission to enhance the safety and reliability of BGE’s electric distribution system.
  10. State/Local Taxes & Surcharges are required to be collected, then passed on to the appropriate State and local government agency.
  11. Gas Details (shown only if you are supplied with natural gas) include your Gas Choice ID, your rate schedule, the billing period covered by this bill, the date of your last meter reading, your gas meter number, and how much gas you used this billing period. When choosing a gas supplier, customers should refer to the Gas Choice ID number.
  12. BGE Gas Delivery Service (shown only if you are supplied with natural gas) includes:
    • The Customer Charge covers expenses not directly associated with the supply or delivery of gas, such as billing, metering and meter reading. This is the same amount each month.
    • STRIDE Charge – Monthly charge to BGE gas customers for BGE’s Strategic Infrastructure Development and Enhancement plan, which was implemented in compliance with Maryland law and with the approval of the Maryland Public Service Commission. It is designed to accelerate the modernization of BGE’s natural gas distribution system in order to enhance system safety and reliability.
    • EmPower Md. Charge – the cost to develop and deliver energy efficiency programs in support of a state-wide initiative to reduce electric consumption and demand 15 percent by 2015. (e.g. The BGE Smart Energy Savers Program®)
    • The Distribution Charge covers the cost of delivering the gas to your residence.
    • Other charges, if applicable.
  13. If BGE or an alternate supplier provides your natural gas, the Gas Commodity Charges are shown here.
  14. BGE Contact Information lists important BGE phone numbers and contact information.
  15. Other BGE Bill Payment Options lists ways to pay your bill.