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Here’s a list of common fees, taxes and pass-through charges that can help you better understand your electric bill.
Also referred as the Minimum Usage Charge, Customer Charge, or Monthly Service Fee, the "Base Charge" is a fee assessed by your Retail Electric Provider (REP) when your monthly electricity usage falls short of a minimum kWh requirement. Per-billing-cycle usage requirements are stated in Electricity Facts Labels (EFLs) for all electric plans.
Note: When labeled as the Monthly Service Fee, Customer Charge, or Base Charge, this fee may be charged regardless of monthly usage. Also, do NOT confuse this with the Energy Charge on an EFL, which can often be called the "Base Energy Charge."