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What’s included in the total rate per kWh shown in in Table 1?

The Total per Kilowatt Hour (kWh) Rates shown in Table 1 are based on Eversource’s “Summary of Rates” from 2005 to 2015 (All KWH). The total per kWh rate includes:

    • Distribution Charge: Recovers costs for maintaining and operating Eversource's distribution system, power restoration and service operations. The KWH charge is based on the number of kilowatt-hours (KWH) of electricity used during a billing period. The KW charge, or "demand" charge, is based on the greatest amount of electricity used in any half-hour period during a billing period.
    • Transmission Charge: Recovers costs related to the delivery of electricity over the high-voltage or transmission system power lines. The KWH charge is based on the number of kilowatt-hours (KWH) of electricity used during a billing period. The KW charge, or "demand" charge, is based on the greatest amount of electricity used in any half-hour period during a billing period.
    • Stranded Cost Recovery Charge: Helps recover the cost of past investment, such as expenses resulting from power contracts and other long-term investments. The KWH charge is based on the amount of kilowatt-hours (KWH) of electricity a customer has used during a billing period. The KW charge, or "demand" charge, is based on the greatest amount of electricity used in any half-hour period during a billing period.
    • System Benefits Charge: Funds energy efficiency programs for all customers as well as a bill assistance program for income eligible residential customers.
    • Electricity Consumption Tax: State tax on electricity consumption.
    • Transition or Default Service Energy Charge: The cost of the electricity a customer has used during a billing period. It includes a supplier’s costs to generate and/or buy power.

Please note that the Customer Charge is not included in the total per kWh rate.