Understanding Your Residential Electric Bill

Breakdown of the Monthly Rates

To make electricity costs as transparent as possible, electric bills in Concord contain line items that show the component costs of bringing power to local homes and businesses. The process called "unbundling" provides a clear view of the factors that go into your bill.

For Concord Broadband customers, any costs such as the installation fee and monthly charges will also be displayed on your electric bill. 

The line items show charges related to wholesale power costs along with costs to operate our Town-owned electric system. For more information about our rates, view the CMLP's rates page.

Below are the items you will see on your bill:
  • Meter Charge
    • The cost of billing, customer service, and administration to service your account whether you use energy or not
  • Energy Charge
    • The cost of buying energy from suppliers; the cost to have a generator produce a kWh for anyone in Concord
  • Capacity and Transmission Charge
    • The cost associated with the availability and reliability of generators and wires on the New England Grid
  • Distribution Charge
    • The cost to bring energy to your home over Concord's wires after it has traveled on the New England grid

Residential Service Rate


Here is a breakdown example of the monthly Residential Service charges (effective January 1, 2021) on your electric bill:

  • Meter Charge
    • $16.00 per month
  • Energy Charge
    • $0.07347 per kWh
  • Capacity and Transmission Charge
    • Tier 1 - first 657 kWhs
      • $0.03696 per kWh
    • Tier 2 - next 178 kWhs
      • $0.04806 per kWh
    • Tier 3 - all in excess of 835 kWhs
      • $0.06936 per kWh
  • Distribution charge
    • $0.04868 per kWh

    Note: For more information about other line items on your bill, view the Electric Bill Surcharges page.