What is the monthly facility charge?

The facility charge is designed to recover Palmetto’s fixed costs which are costs Palmetto incurs regardless of an individual customer’s electric consumption. They are the costs of having a customer connected to the system even if the customer does not consume any electric power during the month. The fixed costs this charge is designed to recover are costs (i.e. interest, property taxes, depreciation, maintenance, etc.) associated with the substations, and distribution lines, transformers, service wires, meters, and other distribution plant that physically connects the customer to the electric distribution system, along with meter reading, billing, customer service and accounting costs. The facility charge is not shown as a separate line item on bills. It is included in the electric service charge.