Electric customers with heat pumps help Columbia Water & Light reduce summer peak demand which saves the utility money. This savings is passed on to our customers.
A heat pump is a single appliance that can provide both your heating and cooling. During the summer, the heat pump works like a conventional air conditioner, cooling the home. In winter, the heat pump reverses its flow and heats your home by extracting heat from the outside air and pumping it to your house. Usually a heat pump is an add-on system that improves the efficiency of your conventional gas or electric furnace. When the weather is very cold, the heat pump shuts off and your furnace takes over.
One feature in many models is a variable speed compressor that alters its power usage based on the need for heating or cooling. When needs are minimal, the compressor runs at slower speeds. Variable speed units provide better humidity control during the cooling season and are much quieter for year-round operation.
Available for residential heat pump service to any customer receiving service at the same location and meeting the standards set forth for this type service. The monthly rate below would apply for the months of October through May to permanently installed heat pumps that are the primary source of comfort heating for the non-summer season.
|Customer Charge||$15.91 per month*|
|first 300 kWh||7.67 cents per kWh|
|next 450 kWh||10.00 cents per kWh|
|all remaining kWh||9.61 cents per kWh|
*for customers requesting a non-standard (mechanical) meter the customer charge is $21.01)
RULES and REGULATIONS
Special rules and regulations specifying the equipment that qualifies for service under this rate, and the conditions of service hereunder are outlined in the Department Rules entitled "Heat Pump Rules and Regulations"
The minimum monthly bill shall be $15.91 for a standard meter and $21.01 for a non-standard meter).
In addition to the charge based on monthly rates as computed above, the total monthly charge for service shall include applicable sales taxes and an in lieu of gross receipts tax payment equal to 7.5268% of the monthly rate charge. Sales taxes shall be applied to the total of the monthly rate charge and the in lieu of gross receipts tax payment.
The fuel adjustment rider applies to all KWH consumption billed on this schedule.
RATES EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2016
This information taken from Columbia Ordinance - Chapter 27, Section 27-113. The City Council has the sole authority to set rates and charges for Columbia Water & Light services. The City reviews these rates and charges annually.