TVA Fuel Cost Adjustments

TVA Fuel Cost Adjustments

 

Members often ask about the TVA Fuel Adjustment changes.

Here are the answers to the frequently asked questions!

What is a fuel cost adjustment?

It is the mechanism TVA uses to help recover largely uncontrollable fuel and purchased power costs. A variety of factors affect these costs, including weather and global supply and demand issues.

How does it affect member bills?

The FCA, which started Oct. 1, 2006, appears as a separate line item on member bills. It adjusts up or down monthly (prior to October of 2009, it was adjusted quarterly) depending upon global shifts in fuel costs, such as coal and natural gas.

How does it work and how is it calculated?

The FCA calculation works by capturing the difference between the amount that TVA forecasts to pay for fuel and the amount that is collected through rates. This formula has two main components: the first is a forecast of anticipated fuel and purchased power costs; the second is a reconciliation of any fuel costs TVA under or over collected. The FCA can be a charge or a credit depending on these differences. It is included on consumers? bills as a per kilowatt-hour charge or credit.

If the FCA is to be used to help TVA offset these costs, why is the money collected on Middle Tennessee Electric bills?

Middle Tennessee Electric distributes the power TVA produces. In fact, MTEMC operates on about 18 cents of every dollar that comes into the cooperative, with the remaining 82 cents going back to TVA to pay for the power MTEMC distributes. The FCA will also go back to TVA to help them counter the fluctuating market prices.

What is purchased power?

Purchased power is electricity TVA buys on the open market when it cannot produce adequate power to meet customer demand or when it can be purchased cheaper than TVA can produce it.

Do any other utilities use this method to offset these fluctuating prices?

Yes. Most utilities across the nation use similar mechanisms to adjust their rates. Fuel adjustments have been used for quite some time across the country to help the utility industry better align cash flow with fluctuations in fuel and purchased energy costs. TVA actually had a monthly fuel expense adjustment in the mid-1970s.

What have been the changes to the fuel cost adjustment charges since January 2007?

Jan. 2007 - Started as an increase of one hundredth of a cent per kilowatt hour, or (.010 cents). 

April 2007 - Increased to .087 cents. 

July 2007 - Increased to .091 cents. 

Oct. 2007 - Increased to .450 cents. 

Jan. 2008 - Decreased to .278 cents. 

April 2008 - Increased to .572 cents. 

July 2008 - Increased to .714 cents. 

October 2008 - Increased to 1.88 cents. 

January 2009 - Decreased to 1.383 cents. 

April 2009 - Decreased to .843 cents. 

July 2009 - Decreased to .548 cents. 

October 2009 - Decreased to -0.219 cents. 

November 2009 - Decreased to -0.322 cents. 

December 2009 - Decreased to -0.689 cents. 

January 2010 - Decreased to -0.832 cents. 

February 2010 - Decreased to -0.896 cents. 

March 2010 - Increased to -0.575 cents. 

April 2010 - Increased to -0.201 cents. 

May 2010 - Increased to -0.135 cents. 

June 2010 - Increased to .206 cents 

July 2010 - Increased to .42 cents 

August 2010 - Increased to .529 cents 

September 2010 - Increased to .686 cents 

October 2010 - Increased to 1.173 cents 

November 2010 - Decreased to .765 cents 

December 2010 - Decreased to .496 cents 

January 2011 - Increased to .571 cents 

February 2011 - Decreased to .454 cents 

March 2011 - Increased to .638 cents 

April 2011 - Decreased to .547 cents 

May 2011 - Decreased to .516 cents 

June 2011 - Increased to .536 cents 

July 2011 - Increased to .872 cents 

August 2011 - Increased to .927 cents 

September 2011 - Decreased to .846 cents 

October 2011 - Decreased to .501 cents 

November 2011 - Decreased to .446 cents 

December 2011- Increased to .654 cents 

January 2012 - Decreased to .416 cents 

February 2012 - Decreased to .151 cents 

March 2012 - Decreased to .106 cents 

April 2012 - Increased to .325 cents 

May 2012 - Increased to .479 cents 

June 2012 - Increased to .533 cents 

July 2012 - Increased to .665 cents 

August 2012 - Decreased to .454 cents 

September 2012 - Increased to .593 cents 

October 2012 - Increased to .703 cents 

November 2012 - Increased to .810 cents 

December 2012 - Increased to .878 cents 

January 2013 - Decreased to .644 cents 

February 2013 - Decreased to .345 cents 

March 2013 - Decreased to .204 cents 

April 2013 - Increased to .395 cents 

May 2013 - Increased to .510 cents 

June 2013 - Increased to .522 cents 

July 2013 - Decreased to .405 cents 

August 2013 - Decreased to .386 cents 

September 2013 - Decreased to .122 cents 

October 2013 - Decreased to .093 cents 

November 2013 - Increased to .136 cents 

December 2013 - 

January 2014 - Increased to .287 

February 2014 - Increased to .344 

March 2014 - Increased to .871

Does "fuel" refer to gasoline?

This is not about recouping increased gasoline charges for TVA vehicles. The fuel costs this adjustment addresses are the fuels TVA uses to generate electricity, which are primarily coal and natural gas. The prices of both coal and natural gas have grown increasingly volatile. Additionally, when TVA cannot generate enough electricity to supply the power demand of Valley customers, it has to purchase electricity on the open market. That is necessary but expensive, and the associated costs can be recovered through the Fuel Cost Adjustment.