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Service Availability Charge

Berkeley Electric's rates are basically made up of fixed costs and variable costs. The variable costs are influenced by the cost of the power we purchase to serve our members. These costs can change frequently.
The fixed cost, or the "service availability charge," covers all of the costs associated with providing and maintaining an electrical distribution system capable of providing power on a 24/7 basis. This includes items like poles, wires, transformers, substations, meter testing, buildings and maintenance, insurance and much more.


Berkeley Electric has not changed its fixed costs in over 30 years.


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