Typical Residential Electricity Bill Amount

Interested in what comprises a typical residential electricity bill? The graphs below compare average monthly electricity bills over the last 10 years for residential customers who purchased their electricity supply from NYSEG.

Monthly Residential Electricity Costs

Based on average use of 600 kilowatt-hours per month

The data in the above chart is based on average usage for a typical customer. 
Individual bills will vary depending on specific usage.

Some additional information about the average cost data:

Delivery charge: What you pay NYSEG to transport electricity to your home or business, including the:

  • Revenue Decoupling Mechanism (RDM), a charge or credit on your bill that reflects
    the difference between forecast and actual delivery service revenues by service classification to encourage the promotion of energy efficiency and renewable technologies.

Supply charge: What you pay for the energy purchased for you. NYSEG makes no profit on your electricity supply costs. The supply charge also includes a Merchant Function charge, which represents the administrative cost for NYSEG to obtain electricity supply on their customers' behalf.

Transition charge: This charge represents the difference between the cost of energy supply on the open market compared to the cost of NYSEG's existing long-term electricity supply contracts. It can be a charge or a credit.

Surcharges: What you pay in state mandated charges, including the:

  • Taxes: Includes the collection of Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) imposed by New York State and/or some local municipalities, where applicable.
  • System Benefits Charge (SBC), which is used to fund energy efficiency programs, provide assistance for low income customers and energy research. The SBC was expanded in October 2008 to include the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard.
  • New York State Assessment: As required by state law, effective July 1, 2009, utilities must collect a special state assessment from customers for the state's general fund.
  • Reliability Support Services (RSS), a charge that provides for recovery from customers of costs incurred by the Company and approved by the Commission for third-party services to ensure that local reliability needs are met.
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