The Grand Haven Board of Light & Power approved the fiscal year 2024 budget and showed that base electrical rates would remain stable for the year. One of the largest contributing factors to our stable electric rates is the diversified power supply portfolio. The board held four public meetings to review and discuss the budget.
The Board approved adding a surcharge of $0.0035/kWh to monthly bills to begin recovering increased environmental costs resulting from combustion coal residuals findings of the recently completed drilling program on the former Sims Site. The board followed the detailed rate-setting process outlined in the city charter.
The BLP will determine the PSCA monthly using a 12-month rolling average calculation of the actual cost of our power supply above a preset “base.”
Understanding Your Energy Rates
Kilowatt Hour (kWh) is the basic unit of energy by which the BLP meters and bills for electricity are supplied to customers. An average residential customer uses about 580-kilowatt hours monthly.
The Monthly Service Charge is a fixed charge billed to each customer to recover costs that do not vary with the amount of electricity used. Such costs include billing, metering, administrative, and certain distribution system-related expenses.
The Senior Discount - Customers who are 65 or older and have electrical service in their name can receive a $5 discount.
The Energy Charge recovers costs incurred by the BLP that generally vary with the amount of electricity the customer uses each month. Such costs include wholesale power purchases.
The Power Supply Cost Adjustment (PSCA) increases or decreases the Energy Charge to recover variations in the actual costs of wholesale power above or below the base cost.
The Demand Charge is assessed only to larger commercial and industrial customers. It is charged in proportionately to each customer’s maximum “peak” demand (highest electrical demand in a 15-minute interval) during the billing period.