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.

Upper left hand corner of the bill is shown.

[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:

Simple. This is the amount you’re being charged this month for the electric and water services BPU provides.

UG CHARGES:

These service fees are only collected by BPU. The money actually goes to the Unified Government of Wyandotte County (UG).

Stormwater Management:

Stormwater Management is a federal program that mandates localities have a stormwater management plan in place. This fee is for the administration of that plan.

PILOT:

PILOT stands for Payment In Lieu Of Taxes. This charge is set by the UG (at a rate between 5 and 15%) and is used to fund city operations.

Trash Removal Service:

Trash Removal Service is just what it says — the cost for trash and recycling services. Again, BPU collects this charge on behalf of the UG.

Water Pollution Abatement:

Water Pollution Abatement is a sewage fee collected for the UG.

Taxes:

Taxes include 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 CHARGES:

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

ENERGY RATE COMPONENT or ERC:

The Energy Rate Component, or ERC, 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. These costs are then incorporated into BPU customers’ electric bills. The charge is listed as a rider on the billing statement, separate from electric base rates.

ENVIRONMENTAL 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.

ELECTRIC CUSTOMER ACCESS & WATER CUSTOMER ACCESS CHARGES:

Provides for recovery of costs incurred in providing service to customers. It 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.

BILL SUMMARY:

Simply a line item accounting of your BPU, City and Tax charges for the current month. You’ll also see your previous balance and payment information here — an easy way to be sure you’re current on your bill!




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