Rates

Rates

PUD 3 has various kinds of customers. The cost to serve each type of customer is different.

Of course, it doesn’t cost as much to connect a street or area light as it does a humming industrial plant. So we study each kind of customer to make sure they are fairly charged for the service they need.

 

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Applicable to single family residences and separately metered apartment units for domestic and seasonal or recreational use, incidental power service, unmetered services, and single-phase well services. This schedule is not applicable to sale for resale which is prohibited by Mason PUD 3 (PUD 3).

Service Characteristics

Sixty-hertz alternating current. Mason County PUD No. 3 (PUD 3) reserves the right to specify the voltage and phase of service supplied under this schedule.

Energy Rate Billing Class Code Primary Meter
 

$0.0749 Per kWh

RE

PE

       

Daily System Charge

Billing Class Code

Primary Meter

 

$1.35 Per Day Single Phase

R1

P1

 

$1.67 Per Day Three Phase

R3

P3

       

Primary Metering Discount

Customers who are primary metered and do not furnish their own transformers will receive a discount for transformer losses in the amount of 1½ percent of the energy charges and demand charges (if applicable).

Tax Clause

PUD 3 reserves the right to add to the billing period charges under the rate schedule any gross revenue utility or other form of tax levied by municipal, county, state or federal bodies.

Terms or Conditions

Except at the option of PUD 3, no individual single-phase motor may be larger than 7½ H.P. or any transformer type welder larger than 10 KVA.

Service under this schedule is subject to the Rules and Regulations and policies of PUD 3.

Purchase Power Adjustment Clause

PUD 3 reserves the right to pass all future temporary surcharges from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) directly through as a separate line item on the monthly billing statements to its consumers. The adjustment shall be in proportion to the wholesale power adjustment and may apply to the billing period immediately after the wholesale power adjustment.

Effective with all meter readings on, and after, January 1, 2021.

Unsure of how a prior rate increase affected your current bill? This is a handy tool that may be able to help.

Please contact customer service at (360) 426-8255 if you have any questions.

PUD 3 Residential Rate Calculator

Applicable to single metered commercial and individual consumers including schools, churches, granges, community halls, public agencies, three-phase well services, unmetered services and other consumers with usage under 15,000 kWhs in any month and a demand of 50 kW or less in all months. Also applicable to all unmetered PUD 3 contractor job shack electrical hookups to PUD 3 facilities (if located on private or public property, consent of the controlling authority is to be obtained by the contractor). This schedule is not applicable to sale for resale which is prohibited by PUD 3. 
 

Service Characteristics

Sixty-hertz alternating current. PUD 3 reserves the right to specify the voltage and phase of service supplied under this schedule. Metering, at the option of PUD 3, may be done at the utilization voltage or at the primary voltage.

Energy Rate

   
 

$0.0796 Per kWh

   
       

Daily System Charge

Billing Class Code

Primary Meter

 

$1.32 Per Day Single Phase

G1

G2

 

$1.60 Per Day Three Phase

G3

G4

       

Daily Consumption for Unmetered PUD 3 Contractor Job Shacks Billing Class Code G1

 

Unmetered

   
   

4000 Watts

46 kWh Per Day

 
   

2000 Watts

18 kWh Per Day

 
       
 

Connect Charges

   
   

Transformer Not Required

$25.00

 
   

Transformer

$50.00

 
         

Primary Metering Discount

   
 

See Billing Codes Above

   

Customers who are primary metered and do not furnish their own transformers will receive a discount for transformer losses in the amount of 1½ percent of the energy charges and demand charges (if applicable).

Tax Clause

PUD 3 reserves the right to add to the billing period charges under the rate schedule any gross revenue utility or other form of tax levied by municipal, county, state or federal bodies.

Terms or Conditions

Service under the schedule is subject to the Rules and Regulations and policies of PUD 3.

For unmetered PUD 3 contractor job shacks, the contractor will install, connect, disconnect (when job is completed) its job shack to and from PUD 3 facilities.

Purchase Power Adjustment Clause

PUD 3 reserves the right to pass all future temporary surcharges from the BPA directly through as a separate line item on the monthly billing statements to its consumers. The adjustment shall be in proportion to the wholesale power adjustment and may apply to the billing period immediately after the wholesale power adjustment.

Effective with all meter readings on, and after, October 1, 2016.

Applicable to single metered commercial and individual consumers including schools, churches, granges, community halls, public agencies, three-phase well services and other consumers with consumption greater than 15,000 kWhs in any month and/or a demand greater than 50 kW in any month. This schedule is not applicable to sale for resale which is prohibited by PUD 3.

Service Characteristics

Sixty-hertz alternating current. Mason County PUD No. 3 (PUD 3) reserves the right to specify the voltage and phase of service supplied under this schedule. Metering, at the option of PUD 3, may be done at the utilization voltage or at the primary voltage.

Energy Rate

Billing Class Code

 
 

$0.0438 Per kWh

21

 
       

Daily System Charge

   
 

$2.51 Per Day

   
       

Billing Period Demand Rate

 

$10.50 per Measured Kilowatt of Demand

 

The measured kilowatt demand will be determined by suitable metering and shall be deemed as the average kilowatt delivery during the highest 15-minute interval established during the billing cycle.

Power Factor Charge

The demand charge shall be increased one percent (1%) for each one percent (1%) or major fraction thereof by which the average power factor is less than 97 percent (97%) lagging.

Transformer Discount Billing Class Code 22

Customers who are primary metered and furnish their own transformers will receive a discount of $0.40 per kilowatt of measured demand.

Primary Metering Discount Billing Class Code 23

Customers who are primary metered and do not furnish their own transformers will receive a discount for transformer losses in the amount of 1½ percent of the energy charges and demand charges (if applicable).

Tax Clause

PUD 3 reserves the right to add to the billing period charges under the rate schedule any gross revenue utility or other form of tax levied by municipal, county, state or federal bodies.

Terms or Conditions

Service under this schedule is subject to the Rules and Regulations and policies of PUD 3.

Purchase Power Adjustment Clause

PUD 3 reserves the right to pass all future temporary surcharges from the BPA directly through as a separate line item on the monthly billing statements to its consumers. The adjustment shall be in proportion to the wholesale power adjustment and may apply to the billing period immediately after the wholesale power adjustment.

Effective with all meter readings on, and after, January 1, 2021.

Applicable to all services consuming electricity for purposes of producing and/or processing cannabis as authorized under Washington State law. To include all applications for service with load associated with such producing and/or processing activities. Customers qualifying for this rate schedule are not eligible for federally funded conservation or other financial assistance provided through the BPA. This schedule is not applicable to sale for resale which is prohibited by PUD 3.

Character of Service

Sixty-hertz alternating current. PUD 3 reserves the right to specify the voltage and phase of service supplied under this schedule. Metering, at the option of PUD 3, may be done at the utilization voltage or at the primary voltage.

Rates

Energy Rate

Billing Class Code

Tribal

 

$0.0706 Per kWh

24

34

       

Daily System Charge

   
 

$2.14 Per Day

   
       

Billing Period Demand Rate

 

$8.17 per Measured Kilowatt of Demand

 
 

The measured kilowatt demand will be determined by suitable metering and shall be deemed as the average kilowatt delivery during the highest 15-minute interval established during the billing cycle.

     

Power Factor Charge

 
     

The demand charge shall be increased one percent (1%) for each one percent (1%) or major fraction thereof by which the average power factor is less than 97 percent (97%) lagging.

 

Transformer Discount

Billing Class Code

Tribal

   

25

35

     

Consumers who are primary metered and furnish their own transformers will receive a discount of $0.40 per kilowatt of measured demand.

     

Primary Metering Discount

Billing Class Code

Tribal

 

26

36

     

Customers who are primary metered and do not furnish their own transformers will receive a discount for transformer losses in the amount of 1½ percent of the energy charges and demand charges (if applicable).

         

Tax Clause

PUD 3 reserves the right to add to the billing period charges under the rate schedule any gross revenue utility or other form of tax levied by municipal, county, state or federal bodies.

Terms or Conditions

Service under this schedule is subject to the Rules and Regulations and policies of PUD 3.

Purchase Power Adjustment Clause

PUD 3 reserves the right to pass all future temporary surcharges from the BPA directly through as a separate line item on the monthly billing statements to its consumers. The adjustment shall be in proportion to the wholesale power adjustment and may apply to the billing period immediately after the wholesale power adjustment.

Effective with all meter readings on, and after, October 1, 2016.

Applicable to all publicly available electric vehicle charging equipment that is metered separately from other loads not primarily associated with the charging of electric vehicles and whose total connected load does not exceed 0.5 MW. Participation in this rate schedule is optional and eligible customers may choose to participate at any time. Customers who transfer from this rate schedule will not be eligible to participate for a 12-month period following the date of their exit. This schedule is not available for service to seasonally disconnected loads. 

Service Characteristics

Sixty-hertz alternating current. PUD 3 reserves the right to specify the voltage and phase of service supplied under this schedule. Metering, at the option of PUD 3, may be done at the utilization voltage or at the primary voltage. 

 

Energy Rate Billing Class Code Tribal
  Per kWh, by billing year 27 37
 2019: $0.0727    2025: $0.0538 
 2020: $0.0727    2026: $0.0498
 2021: $0.0698    2027: $0.0458
 2022: $0.0658   2028: $0.0418 
 2023: $0.0618    2029: $0.0378
2024: $0.0578    2030: $0.0335
   
Billing Period Demand Rate    
  First 20 kW per month of billing demand: $0 per kW – month Over 20 kW      per month of billing demand, by billing year:     
 2019: $0    2025: $1.74 
 2020: $0    2026: $2.32
 2021: $0    2027: $2.90
 2022: $0    2028: $3.48 
 2023: $0.58    2029: $4.06
2024: $1.16    2030: $4.66
   
Minimum Charge     
  $1.87 per day     
     
Minimum Charge Exemption 28 38

Consumers who have more than one charger at the same site that require a separate meter due to differing voltages are eligible for an exemption of the minimum charge on the additional meter. The exemption shall apply to the meter(s) at the higher voltage(s). 

Tax Clause

PUD 3 reserves the right to add to the billing period charges under the rate schedule any gross revenue utility or other form of tax levied by municipal, county, state or federal bodies.

Tribal Tax Exemption

Those who meet the requirements of WAC 458.20.192 will not be subject to state tax. 

Terms or Conditions

Service under this schedule is subject to the Rules and Regulations and policies of PUD 3. 

Purchase Power Adjustment Clause

PUD 3 reserves the right to pass all future temporary surcharges from the BPA directly through as a separate line item on the monthly billing statements to its consumers. The adjustment shall be in proportion to the wholesale power adjustment and may apply to the billing period immediately after the wholesale power adjustment.

Effective with all meter readings on, and after, January 1, 2021.

Applicable to all consumers for security lighting or unmetered signs at any location on the property of the consumer or an adjacent or related public property provided that consent of the public authority controlling such public property be obtained. HPS Luminaires and unmetered sign service are no longer available except to customers who already have those services. 

Rates

Unmetered

   
 

OH 100 Watt HPS Luminaire

$0.36 Per Day

 
 

OH 200 Watt HPS Luminaire*

$0.53 Per Day

 
 

OH 400 Watt HPS Luminaire*

$0.77 Per Day

 
 

OH LED Low-Wattage Street Light Luminaire

$0.40 Per Day

 
 

OH LED Low-Wattage Area Light Luminaire

$0.35 Per Day

 
       

Metered

   
 

OH 100 Watt HPS (8,500 Lumen) Lamp

$0.28 Per Day

 
 

OH 200 Watt HPS (19,800 Lumen) Lamp*

$0.35 Per Day

 
 

OH 400 Watt HPS (45,000 Lumen) Lamp*

$0.41 Per Day

 
 

OH LED Low-Wattage Street Light Luminaire

$0.34 Per Day

 
 

OH LED Low-Wattage Area Light Luminaire

$0.31 Per Day

 
 

*No longer available except to customers who already have this service.

   

Pole Charge

   
   

$0.10 per pole, per day

       

Unmetered Signs

   
 

400 Watt

$0.43 Per Day  
 

200 Watt

$0.32 Per Day  
 

 

 

 

Tax Clause

PUD 3 reserves the right to add to the billing period charge under the rate schedule any gross revenue, utility or other form of tax levied by municipal, county, state or federal bodies.

Tribal Tax Exemption                                                                            (Schedule No. 42)         

Those who meet the requirements of WAC 458.20.192 will not be subject to state tax.

Conditions

Service under this schedule is subject to Rules and Regulations and policies of PUD 3.

Outdoor Lighting

  1. The PUD will install, own, maintain and operate suitable fixtures on brackets and mount on poles at locations agreed on with the consumer. All trenching, restoration and applicable material costs from the underground power source to light location must be provided by the consumer.
  2. Rate is based on common equipment necessary to construct outdoor lighting facilities to engineering best-practices and applicable standards. Additional costs for extraordinary equipment and permitting may apply and will be subject to PUD 3’s line extension policy.
  3. All light replacements and other maintenance will be provided by PUD 3, except only that fixtures and glassware broken other than through acts of PUD 3 or its employees shall be paid for by the consumer at the net landed cost to PUD 3 of such fixtures. The consumer shall notify PUD 3 if the overhead light does not operate, whereupon repairs will be made as soon as possible, except that such repairs will not be made outside of normal working hours, except at the expense of the consumer.
  4. There will be no fee for removal or disconnection of lights. However, if the same customer requests an installation or re-connection of the same light within one year of the removal or disconnection, there will be a Service Call fee billed under Schedule A; regular hours only.
  5. Some LED fixtures have the ability to set a static or bi-level dimming schedule. If a customer requests a modification to the standard 100% power, dusk-to-dawn lighting schedule, there may be a Service Call fee billed under Schedule A; regular hours only.
  6. PUD 3 will make best efforts, within reason and during regular hours, to work with neighbors who may have lighting disputes. PUD 3 may utilize common practices such as the installation of a light trespass shield, rotating the light, or programmatic light dimming to help resolve concerns. Ultimately, the customer paying for the light is considered the primary customer, and as long as the light is on private property and the installation request is made with good-faith lighting intentions, it will remain in service under the outdoor lighting guidelines.

Unmetered Signs

A. Unmetered sign service is no longer available except to customers who already ahve unmetered sign service. 

B. The consumer will install, own, maintain and operate the sign fixtures, supporting structures, overhead lights, and other hardware. All trenching, restoration, installation and material from power source to sign location must be provided by the consumer. As with all consumer connections, the consumer's facilities must be inspected and approved by Washington State Labor & Industries (L&I) before energizing. The rate is limited to those facilities which will otherwise not be metered by an existing consumer installation. The facility must be rated less than 1,000 watts in total under normal operating conditions and affixed with control equipment to ensure proper incidental operation. PUD 3 will install, own and maintain photocell control equipment in a provided functioning receptacle. Other control equipment such as timers or variable program controls shall be owned, maintained, and operated by the consumer. The consumer shall notify PUD 3 if the photocell is not functioning correctly and/or if the device wattage has changed. 

Effective with all metere readings on and after January 1, 2021.

Applicable to the City of Shelton for security lighting, at any location on public rights-of-way provided that consent of the public authority controlling such public property be obtained.

Decorative Lighting Rates                                                           Unmetered Lights    Metered Lights

OH 70 Watt Omni-Directional LED Luminaire                             N/A                         $0.24 per day

Pole Charges

15-foot pedestrian or 33-foot round concrete                             $0.62 per pole per day

32-foot octagonal black concrete                                               $0.74 per pole per day

Tax Clause

PUD 3 reserves the right to add to the billing period charge under the rate schedule any gross revenue, utility or other form of tax levied by municipal, county, state or federal bodies.

Conditions

Service under this schedule is subject to the Rules and Regulations and policies of PUD 3. Seasonal service is not available under this rate.

PUD 3 will install, own, maintain and operate suitable fixtures on brackets, with refractors and controls, and supply the energy for lighting fixtures mounted on poles at locations agreed on with the consumer. All trenching and restoration, along with suitable conduits and junction boxes, from the underground power source to light location must be provided by the consumer. The consumer may be requested to provide all necessary traffic control and any associated permitting costs.

All lamp replacements and other maintenance will be provided by PUD 3, except only that fixtures and glassware broken other than through acts of PUD 3 or its employees shall be paid for by the consumer at the net landed cost to PUD 3 of such fixtures and glassware. The consumer shall notify PUD 3 if the overhead light does not operate, whereupon repairs will be made as soon as possible, except that such repairs will not be made outside of normal working hours, except at the expense of the consumer.

 

Effective with all meter readings on, and after, January 1, 2021.

 

 

Applicable to current industrial customers at primary voltage of 12,470, having measured demands of not less than 1,000 kW, with the customer's connection being at a distribution substation. This schedule is not applicable to sale for resale which is prohibited by PUD 3.  This schedule is no longer available except to current customers under this schedule. 
 

Rates

Energy Rate

   
 

$0.0394 Per kWh

   
       

Daily System Charge

   
 

$3.08 Per Day

   
       

Billing Period Demand Rate

 

$11.05 per Measured Kilowatt of Demand

 

The measured kilowatt demand will be determined by suitable metering and shall be deemed as the average kilowatt delivery during the highest 15-minute interval established during the billing cycle.

Power Factor Charge

The demand charge shall be increased one percent (1%) for each one percent (1%) or major fraction thereof by which the average power factor is less than 97 percent (97%) lagging.

Billing Period Minimum

$11.05 per kilowatt of the highest billing period demand during the preceding eleven months, plus the energy charge for the current month.

Tax Clause

PUD 3 reserves the right to add to the billing period charges under the rate schedule any gross revenue utility or other form of tax levied by municipal, county, state or federal bodies.

Terms or Conditions

Service under this schedule is subject to the Rules and Regulations and policies of PUD 3.

Purchase Power Adjustment Clause

PUD 3 reserves the right to pass all future temporary surcharges from the BPA directly through as a separate line item on the monthly billing statements to its consumers. The adjustment shall be in proportion to the wholesale power adjustment and may apply to the billing period immediately after the wholesale power adjustment.

Effective with all meter readings on, and after, January 1, 2021.

The Mason Evergreen Power program allows PUD 3 customers to support the use and development of renewable energy.

Purchase Options for Green Power

When customers sign up for this voluntary program, they can purchase blocks of green power for an additional fee beyond their normal electric bill or make 100 percent purchases of renewable energy on a per kilowatt-hour basis.

How to Participate

PUD 3 customers may purchase green power in 100 kilowatt-hour blocks, at a cost of one dollar per block, per month in addition to the base rate. Each block represents about ten percent of an average residential customer’s monthly usage. The purchase of each block does not replace the current consumption of electricity by an owner/ratepayer.

PUD 3 chose the 100 percent level for an additional price of one cent per kilowatt hour. The typical consumer using 1,000 kWh per month would pay an additional $10 on their bill to support green power efforts in the Pacific Northwest.

The program is available to commercial and residential customers. There’s no limit on the number of blocks that can be purchased. Customers can sign up, change their participation level or discontinue their participation at any time in whole billing period segments.

To sign up, Fill out an enrollment form, call PUD 3 Customer Service (360) 426-8255, or visit us in Belfair or Shelton.

How will Mason Evergreen Power enrollment show up on my bill?

Mason Evergreen Power will appear under current charges on the right hand side of your bill as a green power charge. The charge will reflect the total amount for the number of blocks purchased, or the cumulative amount of green power purchased under the 100 percent option.

For example, three blocks of green power purchased at $1 each: Green Power $3.00.

The typical consumer using the 100 percent green power option and consuming 1,350 kWh per month would pay an additional $13.50 on their bill to support green power efforts in the Pacific Northwest.

Washington State law directs utilities to have programs such as this.

Note: After signing up for Mason Evergreen Power, charges will begin with the next billing period, and are not prorated. The charges for Mason Evergreen Power are in excess of energy consumption. Participation in the program does not represent an exclusive supply of renewable energy to the customer that chooses the Mason Evergreen Power option. However, all electricity generated for the Mason Evergreen Power program will be fed into the overall power supply grid for the Northwest, which means the electricity received is a blended supply of firm and renewable resources.

See Mason PUD 3's Annual Fuel Mix here

Ready to serve. Power when you need it. Sharing costs between part-time residents and the local folk. Those are the aims of a daily system charge.

Two things make up rates. The energy price that covers the cost of electricity PUD 3 purchases and sells to its customers, and the daily system charge - the cost to operate and maintain the system.

Many rural utilities design their rates to balance the cost of service for full-time residents and vacation home customers. The result is usually lower per kilowatt-hour rates and somewhat higher system charges when compared with more urban areas.

PUD 3 has a lot of vacation homes (over 25%). Our studies show that a daily charge mixed with a per kilowatt-hour rate better addresses spreading the cost more equally among seasonal and full time residents.

PUD 3 Rates - Daily System Charge

The system charge has been a part of PUD 3's electric rates since 1978. To explain the system charge, consider the case of a vacation cabin. Even though it is often unoccupied for long periods of time, there are still fixed costs for being ready to serve the cabin. Though power is not being used, the meter read is collected, the billing processed, and if there's a storm, the damage to the PUD's electrical system is repaired.

If those fixed costs were added to the price of each kilowatt-hour of electricity, the large users (such as local electric heat customers) would end up paying for the services used by that cabin. So instead, with the system charge, those costs are divided evenly among all customers connected to the system. That way, each customer is being charged the full costs of having their home connected and ready to be served by the electric system whether or not they consume electricity.

Think of the system charge as a “ready to serve charge.” Regardless of the amount of electricity a customer uses, or when, they assume that the service will always be available when they are ready to use it. This helps share costs across all customers; full-time and seasonal.

If you or someone you know could use energy assistance, low income discounts for senior citizens or disabled persons are available. This amounts to the removal of the daily system charge on your bill. Learn more about PUD 3's Assistance Programs for qualifying customers.

Utility Taxes on Your Bill

To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except the reliability of Mason PUD 3’s electrical service, and taxes.”

Washington State imposes two taxes on public utility district customers. For customers who live within the Shelton city limits, there’s an additional tax charged by the city.

For transparency’s sake, all taxes are calculated separately and shown on each bill.

 

Why Do We Have These Taxes? What are the rates?

Washington State Public Utility Tax

Operators of certain public service businesses (such as electrical utilities) are subject to the Washington State Public Utility Tax. This tax is applied to PUD 3’s retail electric sales and services. The tax rate is 3.8734%. See RCW requirements here.

Washington State Public Utility District (PUD) Privilege Tax

PUD 3 pays the Washington State Public Utility District (PUD) Privilege Tax in place of property taxes. It applies to the business of operating works, plants, or facilities for the generation, distribution, and sale of electric energy. The tax rate is 2.14%. See RCW requirements here.

City of Shelton Electric Public Utility District Tax

The city of Shelton charges an Electric Public Utility District Tax for PUD 3 to operate works, plants, or facilities for the generation, distribution, and sale of electric energy within the city limits. Essentially, it pays for the right to do business in city right of way. The City of Shelton Utility Tax rate is 6%.

 

How Are Taxes Calculated for Mason County? The City of Shelton?

State tax calculation for PUD 3 customers outside the city limits of Shelton:

  1. Total PUD Charges x .038734 = State Public Utility Tax
  2. (Total PUD Charges + State Public Utility Tax) x .0214 = State PUD Privilege Tax

State and local tax calculation for PUD 3 customers within the city limits of Shelton:

  1. Total PUD Charges x .038734 = State Public Utility Tax
  2. (Total PUD Charges + State Public Utility Tax) x .0214 = State PUD Privilege Tax
  3. (Total PUD Charges + State Public Utility Tax + State PUD Privilege Tax) x .06 = Shelton Electric Public Utility District Tax
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