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  • 2. Definitions

    2.1  Wherever used in these General Terms, the PUD's electric Rate Schedules, or in any application or agreement for Electric Service, the following terms shall have the meanings given below, unless otherwise stated: 

    2.2  Actual Cost: The amount charged by the PUD for the cost of materials, labor, overhead, transportation, equipment, acquisition and clearing of right-of-way, permits, legal fees, and any other costs incurred. 

    2.3  Billing Period: The interval between successive meter reading dates for cycle billing purposes, generally one month or approximately 30 days, as established by the PUD. 

    2.4  Board of Directors (Board): The five-member governing body of the PUD. Board members are elected by the registered voters residing in the sub-divisions within the PUD’s political boundary. 

    2.5  Budget Payment Plan (Budget Pay Plan): A levelized payment plan designed for residential Customers which makes their payments the same amount each month throughout the annual Budget Payment Plan period. A Customer’s Budget Pay Plan may be amended from time to time to correct over/under outstanding balances. 

    2.6  Commercial Customer: Any person seeking Electric Service for a property to be used in whole or part for a business and not a property to be occupied by the owner solely as his or her residence or a property to be used solely as a single-family dwelling unit. 

    2.7  Customer: Any individual, partnership, corporation, organization, governmental agency, political subdivision, municipality, or other entity supplied with Electric Service by the PUD. Each meter location where a Customer receives Electric Service or other services shall be considered a separate Customer for purposes of applying these General Terms. 

    2.8  Customer Assistance Committee: A committee comprised of one Board member, one PUD staff member, one PUD-appointed record keeper, and one at-large Customer to assist in the resolution of Customer disputes or complaints. 

    2.9  Customer Data: Any data about the Customer including information the Customer provides the PUD (such as name, address, Social Security number, driver’s license number, date of birth, telephone number, and income); information about the PUD services provided to the Customer (such as account number, account balances, and meter readings, energy usage); information others give the PUD about the Customer (such as credit worthiness from credit reports); and information from visits to the PUD website (such as data from web forms, site visit data, and data from web "cookies"). 

    2.10  Demand: The maximum power delivered during a month measured in kilowatts (kW) averaged over a 30-minute rolling interval. 

    2.11  Electric Service: The availability of electric Energy at the Point of Delivery for use by the Customer, regardless of whether any Energy is actually used.

    2.12  Employee: Employee, contractors, or others acting on behalf of the PUD.

    2.13  Energy: Electric Energy measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh). 

    2.14  Estimated Cost of Service (Estimate): An estimate, based on prior reasonable construction experience, current material, labor, equipment, overhead, and transportation costs to be incurred by the PUD to provide new or upgraded Electric Service to a new or existing Customer. 

    2.15  Franchise Fee: The charge levied by a municipality or other governmental authority for PUD use of the municipality's streets and rights-of-way. All or a portion of these Franchise Fees may be passed on to Customers as a city tax.

    2.16  Line Extension: The overhead or underground electric facilities required to connect the PUD's existing power line to a Customer's Point of Delivery. The cost of the Line Extension shall include all poles, primary wiring, secondary wiring, transformer(s), meter(s), right-of-way acquisition, clearing, trenching and backfilling, and any other one-time cost items associated with providing Electric Service to the Customer. 

    2.17  NEC: National Electrical Code

    2.18  NESC: National Electrical Safety Code 

    2.19  Net Metering: The difference between the Energy supplied to a Customer by the PUD and the Energy generated by an eligible Customer's Net Metering Facility that flows back to the PUD’s Energy grid in excess of the Customer’s Energy requirements.

    2.20  Net Metering Facility: An eligible electric generating facility, less than 25 kW, meeting all federal and state statutes and regulations, as well as all relevant PUD interconnection requirements to generate electric Energy.

    2.21  Point of Delivery: The interconnection point at which the PUD's Electric Service is attached to the Customer's electric system without regard to voltage, the location of the PUD's meter, transformer or other apparatus, unless otherwise designated by a Special Contract.

    2.22  Power Factor: The ratio of kilowatt-hours to kilovolt ampere-hours. Expressed as a percentage.

    2.23  Premium Temporary Service: Temporary service with rates as established in Rate Schedule 90 – Miscellaneous Charges and Fees.

    2.24  Pro rata Share: An amount that is divided, assessed, or distributed in proportion to the length and cost of an original Line Extension, the portion of the original Line Extension utilized by the new connection, and the number of additional connections made to the original line after it was initially energized.

    2.25  PUD: Columbia River People's Utility District.

    2.26  Rate Schedule: Rates and fees adopted by the Board from time to time that specify the applicability, character of service, monthly rate, monthly Customer Charge, Energy and Demand usage rates, adjustments, and other charges and conditions.

    2.27  Secondary Service Line: Wire running from PUD electrical facilities at a service voltage, usually 600 volts or less.

    2.28  Service Line: Wire between the PUD's electrical facilities and the Point of Delivery at the Customer's building, meter base, meter pole, or other structure. Usually 600 volts or less.

    2.29  Special Contract for Electric Service (Special Contract): An agreement between the PUD and Customer which sets forth the specific arrangements for providing Electric Service to a Customer that may supplement or alter these General Terms. In the event there is a conflict between a Special Contract and these General Terms the Special Contract will control. 

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