Understanding Your Bill

Sample Bill

To better understand the pieces and parts of your bill, view the sample bill below and click the question marks for details.

  • Note: A change has occurred in a line item shown on your bill. The Electricity Supply Service charges are now shown in two parts - nonfuel and fuel.
  • View 'Important Information' (reverse side of bill)

The Billing and Payment Summary section displays your account number, due date, current and previous amount due and payments since your last bill.

The Important Customer Information section displays messages to help keep you informed.

The Total Amount Due displays the usage from the previous month plus any balance and credit since your last bill.

The Measured Usage section displays the current and previous meter readings. The difference is the total Billable Usage.

The Meter and Usage section displays information for the current month and the Usage History section displays information for the previous 12 months.

The Previous Amount Due displays the total charges on your previous bill. The Payments as of [date] displays the payments received since your last bill.

The Explanation of Bill Detail section displays an explanation of Dominion Virginia Power charges. Definitions of some of the terms are on the back of the bill.

The Balance Forward section (if applicable) displays the difference between the Previous Balance and the Payment Received and is added to your Total Current Charges.

The schedule displays which rate schedule is used to calculate your bill. You can find out more information on rate schedules by typing in "rates" in the keyword search on

Distribution Service This is the cost for the use of local wires, transformers, substation, and other equipment used to deliver electricity to your home or business, including DSM Rider charges.

Demand-side Management (DSM)This is the cost associated with programs to assist customers in managing their electricity usage. Includes opportunities for conservation, energy efficiency, load shifting and peak-shaving activities. DSM Rider C-1A (Peak Shaving) and DSM Rider C-2A(Energy Efficiency).

Electric Supply Service This is the cost associated with the generation and transmission of electricity, including fuel and Rider S, Rider R ,Rider T, Rider B and Rider W charges.

Generation This is the cost for the production of electricity from Dominion’s power plants. Includes Rider S- Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center, Rider R- Bear Garden Generating Station, Rider B - Biomass Conversions and Rider W - Warren County Power Station charges

Transmission (including Rider T1) This is the cost of moving electricity from Dominion’s power plants to the substations.

Fuel (Fuel Charge Rider A) This is the cost for fuel used to produce electricity, including fuel shipment.

The Sales and Use Surcharge displays the recovery of sales tax on certain Dominion Virginia Power purchases and leases. The recovery of this cost is based on your electricity consumption.

The Total Current Charges displays your current electric charges plus applicable taxes.

The Total Account Balance displays the Balance Forward plus the Total Current Charges.

Bill Calculator Worksheet

If you're on our basic Schedule 1 rate for residential customers, you can use this worksheet to see how your bill is calculated. Grab your most recent bill to get started.

» Bill Calculator Worksheet (Microsoft Excel .xls format)

Helpful Tip: This worksheet is also handy if you're moving and want to estimate your final bill -- or if a roommate is moving out and you want to estimate how much their portion will be.

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