Glossary Frequently Asked Questions for Illinois, Glossary

Glossary FAQs

  • What does kWh mean?

    The term "kWh" stands for kilowatt-hour and is the unit of measurement for your electricity use over time.

  • What is electricity and natural gas deregulation?

    Historically, your natural gas and electricity were supplied and delivered to you exclusively by the local utility company for your area, also known as the Local Distribution Company (LDC). The energy industry across the country...

  • What is a Therm?

    The term "Therm" is the unit of measurement for your natural gas use over time. In most areas, this is the unit visible on your utility bill for your natural gas usage on any given billing cycle.

  • What are transmission charges?

    These are charges assessed by your local utility company on your bill for the cost of moving high voltage electricity from the facility that generates that electricity through the distribution lines of your electric distribution...

  • What are distribution charges?

    These are the fees that your local utility company charges you to deliver the electricity or gas supply to your location .These charges are assessed in addition to the cost of electric or gas generation service. Your utility company...

  • What is a non-recurring fee?

    Non-recurring fees are charges from your local utility company, also known as the Transmission and Distribution Service Provider (TDSP) or Transmission and Distribution Utility (TDU), and may include items such as a new service...

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