Electric Rates

Vera workers with power lineMost of Vera’s power comes from the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), which generates power from dams on the Columbia, Snake and other Northwest rivers. Another smaller portion of our power comes from the Northwest Intergovernmental Energy Supply (NIES), a group of publicly-owned utilities that have banded together to purchase facilities which generate power.

More than 60 percent of what you pay us goes straight to BPA. A rate increase from BPA has a dramatic effect on the rates our customers are charged.

Effective Oct. 1, 2019, our base charges increased. Our price of electricity per kilowatt-hour has been the same since 2015.

Our rates are some of the lowest in the nation and the region.

Rate Before Effective 10/01/19 Change
Residential, E4, E5, Pools
Base charge $13.65 $17.75 $4.10
Energy charge $0.0658 $0.0658 $0.00
General Service
Base charge $15.52 $20.50 $4.98
Energy charge $0.0740 $0.0740 $0.00
Large General Service
Minimum base charge $132.00 $158.90 $26.90
Demand charge over 20 KW $6.60 $7.95 $1.35
Energy charge $0.0608 $0.0608 $0.00
Overhead Lighting
100 Watts HPS or LED equivalent $5.87 $6.15 $0.28
200 Watt HPS or LED equivalent $7.74 $8.10 $.36
Underground Community Lighting
100 Watts HPS or LED equivalent $4.13 $4.32 $0.19
100 Watt HPS or LED equivalent $2.07 $2.17 $0.10
Underground Lighting
100 Watts HPS or LED equivalent $11.21 $11.74 $0.53

Our rates are described in Policy 400. (PDF)