# Can utility companies charge whatever they want?

## Can utility companies charge whatever they want?

“Utility Ratemaking” is the name of the process that public utilities must go through, by law, to set the rates or prices that they will charge their customers. Therefore these companies could charge whatever they wanted.

## How are utility rates calculated?

R = O + (V − D)r. The elements of the traditional rate formula are defined as: R is the utility’s total revenue requirement or rate level. This is the total amount of money a regulator allows a utility to collect from customers.

What are the utility charges?

Utilities expense is the cost incurred by using utilities such as electricity, water, waste disposal, heating, and sewage. If there is an amount to be charged that applied to the previous month, it is charged to the current month.

### What is public service charge?

Under the new rules, the Department of Homeland Security has redefined a public charge as someone who is “more likely than not” to receive public benefits for more than 12 months within a 36-month period. If someone uses two benefits, that is counted as two months.

### What is utility return rate?

The rate of return is a combination of the cost of paying back its debt holders with interest and the return utilities provide to their equity shareholders.

Does the electric company run your credit?

Companies will look at your credit history. Like other creditors, utility companies will ask for information like your Social Security number so they can check your credit history. A good credit history can make it easier for you to get services. A poor credit history can make it harder.

#### What state has the highest utility cost?

Total Energy Costs by State

Overall Rank* State Monthly Electricity Cost (Rank)
1 Connecticut \$166 (3)
2 Wyoming \$115 (36)
3 Massachusetts \$135 (25)
4 Georgia \$155 (8)