Understanding your BPU bill

A step-by-step guide


There’s a lot of useful information packed into the bill we send you every month. At first glance, you may think your monthly bill is a little complicated. Upon closer inspection, it’s actually pretty easy to understand.

First thing to understand is that BPU sends you a single monthly bill that covers electric, water, sewer, and garbage pickup. Many other cities and towns would send you up to four separate bills you’d have to keep track of.

Okay. Ready to learn more about your bill? Watch this short video. Or just mouse over any colored area on the below graphic for everything you need to know!


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[Narrator] Understanding a bill that comes from this place can be a little overwhelming.

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[Narrator] But a bill that comes from this place? Not so much.

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[Narrator] Especially after you watch this short video and learn everything there is to know about your monthly BPU bill.

An image of a BPU Bill appears, then each section that is talked about is highlighted.

[Narrator] Let’s start at the top. Right here, you’ll see your Bill Summary. This is the total for your BPU and Wyandotte County Unified Government, or UG, charges, plus tax.

Upper right hand corner of the bill is shown.

[Narrator] Why two amounts? Well, in a lot of cities and towns, you’d get three separate bills. One for water, one for electric, and one for trash removal.

An image of a faucet, electrical outlet and trash can appears.

[Narrator] In Wyandotte County, we make it easy. One bill covers all three.

Now…if you look at the left part of your bill, you’ll see all three charges broken down.

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[Narrator] First, there are the charges from BPU for your electricity and water, with the total right here.

Next, you see the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas City, KS, charges. UG, for short. Notice this Storm Water Management fee? That’s part of a federal order for the county to have a storm water management plan in place.

This fee is collected through the BPU billing process, then remitted back to the UG.

Next comes the PILOT charge. PILOT stands for Payment In Lieu Of Taxes, and a city ordinance requires BPU to pay a portion of its revenue to the UG to fund city operations.

Then comes the monthly charge for trash removal. Simple enough. And here, the last UG charge is Water Pollution Abatement. This is a sewage fee collected by the UG.

Next come the applicable city, state and county taxes. All that give you your account balance.

But sometimes it’s nice to know more. So we provide detailed meter and service information.

Bottom portion of the bill is shown.

[Narrator] Here, you’ll see two charges we haven’t talked about, but have already been figured into your account balance.

And this ERC, or Energy Rate Component represents the utility’s cost of fuel used to generate electricity and the cost of power that must be purchased on the open market. The ERC changes every three months, and is based on the actual fuel and purchased power costs that BPU pays.

Environmental Surcharge offsets new capital improvements resulting from federal, state, or local environmental regulations. This ESC charge will only be used to recover BPU expenditures for environmental projects.

Here (just below the ESC charges) are the electric customer and water customer access charges. These charges provide for the recovery of costs incurred in providing service to customers. It also represents a portion of the cost of system access and customer service, including the cost of meter reading, bill calculation, postage and the expenses associated with the basic plant investment at each service location, such as meters, transformers, service lines, etc.

There you have it. A complete explanation of your BPU bill. Next step? Try lowering your bill when you try all the energy and water saving videos at BPU.com, under the ‘For Home’ tab.

The website appears and the curser hovers over the FOR HOME tab and then hovers over ‘Energy Saving Tips’ in the menu, then the video tip page appears. The last shot shows the BPU logo.





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QUICK ACCOUNT INFO:

Your account number, name on the account, service address and billing date for easy reference and filing.

BPU CHARGES:

Amount owed for BPU electric and water usage.

UG CHARGES:

Imposed by the Unified Government, these service fees are collected thru the BPU billing process and then remitted back to the UG.

Stormwater Management:

This UG fee appeared on your bill starting in March 2009 as a result of federal mandates for localities to have a stormwater management plan.

Trash Removal Service:

BPU collects this fee and remits it to the UG for trash pick-up and recycling.

PILOT:

City ordinance requires BPU to pay a portion of its revenues to the UG to fund city operations. Called the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT), the UG sets this rate between 5 and 15 percent.

Water Pollution Abatement:

This is a sewage fee collected bu the UG.

TAXES:

All applicable city, state and county taxes.

IMPORTANT MESSAGES:

From energy saving tips to helpful contact information, this section provides quick reference for you each month.

DETAILED BPU CHARGES:

This section provides additional detail on BPU-specific charges on your bill. These are NOT additional charges.

What is the Enviromental Surcharge?

The ESC offsets new capital improvement requirements resulting from federal, state, and local environmental regulations. Determined on an annual basis, the ESC will only be used to recover BPU expenditures for environmental projects.

What is the ERC Charge?

The Energy Rate Component, or ERC, represents the utility’ cost of fuel used to generate electricity and the cost of power that must be purchased on the open market. The ERC changes every three months and is based on the actual fuel and purchased power costs that BPU pays. These costs are then incorporated into BPU customers’ electric bills. The charge is listed as a rider of the billing statement, separate from electric base rates.

BILL SUMMARY:

The total charges from the BPU, UG and Taxes sections.




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