Bill Definitions

Abbreviations

CCF - one hundred cubic feet
CR - credit (do not pay)
kWh - kilowatt-hour

Bill Definitions

Administrative charge (gas) - Calculated based on your gas consumption. Covers MGE costs for purchasing and managing gas supplies. The administrative charge for customers buying their own gas covers the cost of monitoring and verifying use, additional billing costs and agent relations.

Degree Days (heating season only) - Reflects how cold it was during this billing period. The larger the number, the colder it was.

Distribution service - Calculated based on your consumption. Covers the costs to operate and maintain our local delivery systems of gas pipes and/or electric wires.

Electricity service - Calculated based on your consumption. Covers the costs to produce, purchase and deliver electricity to our local distribution system.

Grid connection and customer service charge (electric) - Covers the cost of basic customer care services such as billing, record-keeping and information services along with a portion of the costs of being connected to the local electricity grid including meters, poles and wires.

Late-payment charge - Covers our administrative and carrying costs of late payments. Applied to any portion of the amount due that remains unpaid from your previous bill.

Natural gas service - Calculated based on your gas consumption. Covers the cost of gas purchased from our suppliers and the delivery to our local distribution system. This charge varies from month to month reflecting the prices our suppliers charge.

State low-income assistance fee - Fee paid to the State of Wisconsin. Used to provide energy efficiency and utility bill payment assistance to low-income customers.

System connection and customer service charge - Covers the cost of basic customer care services such as billing, record-keeping and information services along with a portion of the costs of being connected to the local gas delivery system including meters, pipes and regulators.

Therm (gas) - A measure of the heat content of the gas consumed. Therm use is determined by multiplying the CCF (volume) recorded by your meter by the therm (heat) factor of the gas.

Transition charge (gas) - Calculated based on your gas consumption. Covers various pipeline-related restructuring costs ordered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). It is collected by MGE and then sent to authorized interstate pipeline companies.

Budget Payment Plan Definitions

Budget balance forward - Total amount billed that has not been paid.

Monthly budget amount - Amount billed this month on the budget plan. After six months, MGE will review your usage on a monthly basis. If your energy usage has changed, we will provide you with a new budget amount for a six-month time period. If not, you will continue to be billed the same budget amount and your usage will be reviewed monthly until your energy use changes.