Why do I pay a basic fee each month?

Skamania PUD collects its revenues for electric energy/water delivered to customers in 2 forms: the basic charge and the energy charge. The basic charge supports fixed costs such as improvements, maintenance of substations, poles, wires and transformers, billing and customer service. This is a charge for having service readily available to our customers and is billed no matter how much or if no electricity/water is used. The energy charges are costs that vary based on the total consumption over a specific period of time.