A flat monthly charge designed to cover the costs of customer accounting, issuing your monthly bill, maintaining and reading meters, and capital costs associated with metering equipment.
Cost of Power Adjustment (COPA)
An adjustment to reflect fluctuations in the cost of fuel and purchased power. This may be a charge or a credit. The COPA changes every quarter (3 months) and is approved by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA).
Regulatory Cost Charge (RCC)
Charge required by legislation, which funds the Regulatory Commission of Alaska or RCA (formerly known as the Alaska Public Utilities Commission). The RCA is the state agency that regulates MEA. The RCA updates the RCC annually. They can be contacted at RCA, 701 W. 8th Avenue Suite 300, Anchorage AK 99501 or by phone 907-276-622 or toll free at 800-390-2782.
The cities of Palmer, Wasilla, Houston and Talkeetna each have sales tax. Locations within these cities have a sales tax amount added to the bill. The portion of MEA’s service territory within the Municipality of Anchorage has an undergrounding surcharge of 2% added to bills pursuant to AS 42.05.381 (i) and AMC 21.90.070.
Electric Reliability Organization (ERO)
Effective April 1, 2023
This charge supports the state mandated Railbelt Reliability Council (RRC) which was approved as the Electric Reliability Organization by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska in September of2022. The primary mission of the RRC is to ensure grid reliability by developing and enforcing technically sound reliability standards, reduce long-term costs through grid-wide resource planning, and develop consistent interconnection protocols for grid users. The cost of the RRC is split amongst the Railbelt utilities as mandated by state legislation. MEA members will see this charge separately on their bill to provide full transparency of ERO costs going forward and the ERO charge is based upon your monthly kWh usage. For more information and questions about the RRC, please visit: www.akrrc.org