Starting on the June 1 due bill, you will begin seeing a line labeled "Service Availability." This is NOT a new charge. It has always been included in the Energy Charge amount on your billing statement, but now will be separately listed. This is the minimum monthly amount charged to each meter. The purpose of the service availability fee is to recover a portion of the fixed costs of providing service to our members. This includes the cost of equipment at your location, used to deliver power to your home, as well as things such as the billing service costs. These costs are incurred regardless of how much electricity is being used. The cost to operate and maintain our system exists even when no electricity is used.