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The Texas Public Utility Commission updates EECRF charges (the initials stand for “Energy Efficiency Cost Recovery Factor” ) on an annual basis.

One charge on your home electric bill that may have escaped your notice is for something called the “EECRF.”  This discrete charge pays your local utility for costs it incurs for creating energy efficiency programs.

The Texas Public Utility Commission updates EECRF charges (the initials stand for “Energy Efficiency Cost Recovery Factor” ) on an annual basis. The state’s principal transmission and distribution utilities include these charges in rates along with other expenses associated with the wires portion of electric service.

The PUC has now authorized updated EECRF charges for 2021 for all the state’s major T&D utilities, with the new charges set to take effect on March 1 of next year.

Summary of New Charges

Here’s a rundown of new EECRFs for major utilities in areas of Texas with retail electric completion: Oncor, CenterPoint, AEP and Texas New Mexico Power. These updated EECRF charges are the result of rate settlements between the utilities and city interveners, including the Steering Committee of Cities Served by Oncor.

  • The PUC on Sept. 10 approved the EECRF for Oncor, the utility serving Dallas, Fort Worth and other areas of Central and North Texas. Beginning next year, the utility will collect annually from customers $64,782,106 for its EECRF. For residential customers using 1,000 kilowatt hours per month, the EECRF will add about 86 cents to bills.  You can find more about this EECRF on the PUC website, at docket 50886.
  • The PUC on Oct. 16 approved the EECRF for CenterPoint Houston, allowing the utility to collect from customers $48,796,013 annually. For residential customers using 1,000 kWh, the EECRF will add about 76 cents to bills. More information about this EECRF can be found on the PUC website, docket 50908.
  • The PUC on Sept. 24 approved the EECRF for AEP Texas, allowing the utility to collect annually from customers $20,431,462.  For residential customers using 1,000 kWh, the charge amounts to about 93 cents. AEP serves customers around Corpus Christi and parts of South Texas. You can find more information about this EECRF on the PUC website, at docket 50892.
  • The PUC on Sept. 24 approved the EECRF for Texas New Mexico Power, allowing the utility to collect annually from its customers $5,921,913.  For residential customers using 1,000 kWh monthly, the EECRF charge amounts to about $1.22.

The Texas PUC also sets other sorts of interim charges, including the Distribution Cost Recovery Factor charge, or “DCRF.”  The Texas Legislature authorized the DCRF mechanism in 2011. You can read more about the DCRF here and here.

— R.A. Dyer