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Utility Charge Descriptions

Comm Power Electric – Commercial Power Electric - This is the  charge for metered electric usage by large commercial and industrial customers. The rate class has a lower per KWH charge but has higher fixed Demand Charges. The revenues from Commercial Power Electric usage help fund the operations of the Electric Utility.

Deman- Demand Charge – This is a charge on bills for Commercial and Industrial Customers with demand meters. The Demand Charge is based on the highest metered electric usage during the month. The Demand Charge helps offset the Demand Charges the City of South Haven receives from American Electric Power (AEP).

Electric Ready to Serve  – This is a fixed charge placed on residential and commercial electric accounts. The Ready to Serve charge helps offset expenses the electric utility incurs whether electricity is being used or not.

Electric Usage - This is the charge for metered electric usage. The City of South Haven bills electricity in units of Kilowatt hours (KWH). The revenues from electric usage help fund the operations of the Electric Utility.

Energy Cost Adjustment – This charge is a pass through of fees charged by American Electric Power (AEP) to cover fluctuations in costs of fuel (usually coal and nuclear) used to generate electricity and costs related to the transmission of electricity.

Resi Sewer Usage – Residential Sewer Usage - This charge is based on metered water usage. The City of South Haven bills sewer in units of cubic feet. One cubic foot is approximately 7.5 gallons. The revenues from sewer usage help fund the operations of the Sewer Utility.

Sales Tax – This is the tax the State of Michigan charges on electric sales.

Sewer Cap Imp – City – Sewer Capital Improvement City - This is a fixed charge placed on all sewer accounts within the South Haven City limits. This charge is used to offset capital expenses which benefit only the City of South Haven sewer system.

Sewer Capital Replacement – This is a fixed charge place on all sewer accounts. The revenues from the Capital Replacement charges are used to pay for improvements and /or upgrades which are a benefit to the entire sewer system such as upgrades to the sewer plant lift station upgrades, portable generators, etc.

Sewer Debt Service – This is a fixed charge place on all sewer accounts within  the  South  Haven  City  limits.  The  revenues  from  the  Sewer  Debt Service charge is used to cover a portion of the cost of the bonds issued in 2003 for the St. Joe project.

Sewer Ready to Serve – This is a fixed charge placed on all sewer accounts. The Ready to Serve charge helps offset expenses the sewer utility incurs whether the sanitary sewer system is being used or not.

Sewer Usage - This is charge for sewer usage for non-residential accounts. The revenues from sewer usage help fund the operations of the Sewer Utility.

Township Sewer Debt – This is a fixed charge the City of South Haven collects on behalf of the South Haven/Casco Township Sewer and Water Authority from sewer customers in Casco and South Haven Townships. Questions regarding this charge should be directed to your township hall.

Township Sewer Operations & Maintenance – This is a fixed charge the City of South Haven collects on behalf of the South Haven/Casco Township Sewer and Water Authority. It is based on the Residential Equivalent Units (REUs) of the connection.

Township Water Debt – This is a fixed charge the City of South Haven collects on behalf of the South Haven/Casco Township Sewer and Water Authority from water customers in Casco and South Haven Townships. Questions regarding this charge should be directed to your township hall.

Township Water Operations & Maintenance – This is a fixed charge the City of South Haven collects on behalf of the South Haven/Casco Township Sewer and Water Authority. It is based on the Residential Equivalent Units (REUs) of the connection.

Water Cap Imp – City – Water Capital Improvement City - This is a fixed charge placed on all metered water accounts within the South Haven City limits. This charge is used to offset capital expenses which benefit only the City of South Haven water system.

Water Capital Replacement – This is a fixed charge placed on all metered water accounts. The revenues from the Capital Replacement charges are used to pay expenses which are a benefit to the entire water system such as upgrades to the water plant, new pumps, water tower painting, etc.

Water Plant Availability Charge – This is a one-time charge paid by all new water customers at the time they connect to the water system. It is based on the Residential Equivalent Units (REUs) of the new connection. All of the funds collected are being set aside for payment of debt associated with the construction of the new filtration plant.

Water Plant Replacement – This is a fixed charge placed on all metered water accounts. The revenues from the Water Plant Replacement charges are used to pay the bonds issued to construct the new water treatment plant.

Water Ready to Serve – This is a fixed charge placed on all metered water accounts. The Ready to Serve charge helps offset expenses the water utility incurs whether water is being used or not.

Water Usage – This is the charge for metered water usage. The City of South Haven bills water in units of cubic feet. One cubic foot is approximately 7.5 gallons. The revenues from water usage help fund the operations of the Water Utility.