How are TDU fees assessed through Green Mountain?

I was told by a friend that he switched to GM due to the lack of fees. I am fed up with my fees costing as much as my electric bill based on the kWh's. How are your TDU fees assessed? Same as every other Texas distributor? If so, what does he mean by your "lack of fees"?
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  • This is a really great question, and it's a topic that many electricity consumers in Texas often have confusion over. Green Mountain includes most of the fees and charges from your local lines and meters company (TDU fees) into our rate. For example, a rate of 11 cents/kWh would include most generation, delivery, and operational costs.

    However, we do separate out the Advanced Metering Surcharge assessed by the lines and meters companies which funds the installation of the "smart" meters across the state. We also separate out your taxes and any special assessment fees, like meter installation, disconnection, reconnection, etc. When shopping around, it's always crucial to ask for the "effective" rate, which should be an average example of the what the rate would be if you include all additional charges and fees.

    What also makes us different is we're the only energy company in Texas dedicated to 100% renewable electricity. Since we started in 1997, our customers have helped to prevent nearly 20 billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, and when you join the Green Mountain family, you’ll become part of the community that is helping to change the way power is made!
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  • Hi Amanda,

    Would you please clarify for me what charges Green Mountain Energy put on my bills. For example I enroll on Pollution Free Reliable Rate which cost $0.101 per Kwh and I am a new customer and my usage is about 1000 kwh per month, what is the approximate amount that I will look at on the first bill and later bill.
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  • Hi there,

    It sounds like you're comparing prices in the Centerpoint service area. I believe the rate of 10.1 that you're seeing is, in fact, the effective rate, which includes the $3.05 Advanced Metering Charge assessed by Centerpoint.

    So for example, if the actual rate that you are charged for the kilowatt hours that you use is 9.79 cents, and you use 1000 kWh hours, that would equal $97.97. If you add in the $3.05 Centerpoint Advanced Metering Charge, you get $101.02, which is reflected in the effective (or average) rate of 10.1 cents/kWh. There are usually a few dollars in local taxes as well. So, if your rate is 9.79 cents/kWh and you use 1000 kWh, your bill would be around $105.

    Please keep in mind that this is only an example, and your actual bill amount would depend on your actual rate and usage.
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  • I have a small business and recently switched to Green Mountain. My contract rate is $0.0625/kwh, but for about 4 months now my total bill has averaged over $0.16/kwh due to the addition of "TDU charges". How can that charge be so high? The TDU charge adds about $0.10/kwh and my bill ends up being over 2.5 times the contract rate. I have tried to find out more about this charge from Oncor and it appears that this TDU charge should only be about $0.03/kwh. So why is mine so high? Is this a mistake and I am being over-billed or what?
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  • It sounds like you have an account with Green Mountain Commercial, and contacting that department directly would be the best way to answer your question. You may call them at 866-767-5817 Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm or e-mail them at txbizcs@greenmountain.com.

    Thank you for your ongoing support of renewable energy, and we look forward to continuing to serve you in our mission to change the way power is made!
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