Electric rates for Michigan farms

Who is this rate for?

Farms served by WPS usually have one of our electric rates for Small Commercial and Industrial service. These rates are designed to serve your operation if it requires less than 100 kilowatts of electricity per month.

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How reliable is my electric service?

Small Commercial and Industrial Electric Service provides a firm supply of electricity to your operation. This means the electricity is available continuously, whenever it's needed. The only exception-as with any electric service-is when unexpected events occur (such as a severe storm or a vehicle hitting a power pole) that make it impossible to deliver power. When WPS learns of any outage, we immediately begin efforts to restore power.

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What charges are involved?

Each month, your bill for electric service includes the following charges:

  • Energy Charge - for the amount of electricity you use. Electricity is measured in kilowatt-hours (abbreviated kWh).
  • Power Supply Cost Adjustment - which accounts for annual fluctuations in the costs of producing or acquiring electricity to meet your needs. The power supply cost adjustment is a credit or charge on your bill, based on how the actual costs incurred by WPS compare to the energy charge. The Michigan Public Service Commission approves this adjustment amount.
  • Fixed Charge - a charge that does not vary with the amount of electricity you use. The Fixed Charge covers the cost of providing safe, reliable electric service. For example, it covers the cost of WPS owning, maintaining and reading meters; maintaining equipment; and providing service programs and communication services. It is the minimum amount you will be billed each month.

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How are my charges calculated?

Your farm is most likely billed based on energy consumption only. Customers of WPS are billed based on energy only if their total electric demand is 100 kilowatts or less.

If you are billed on energy only, the meter at your facility measures the kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity you use each month. The table below shows the Fixed Charge and Energy Charge you see on your bill.

Less than 100 KW demand

Type of customer Fixed Charge Energy Charge
Year-round (12-month) $25.00 per month $0.09803 per kWh
Seasonal* (6-month) $50.00 per month $0.09803 per kWh

* If your seasonal facility is used during the summer months, you'll be billed for electric service May through Oct. If your seasonal facility is used during the winter months, you'll be billed for electric service Nov. through Apr. Your electric service may remain connected all year. Any incidental electric use during the "off-season" will be included on your first bill of the following season. If your electric use is more than 500 kilowatt-hours during the off-season, WPS will send you a bill during the off-season.

Several factors can influence your monthly electric use. Major factors that can be measured by WPS are summarized in the lower left-hand corner of your monthly bill.

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