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What should I include in demand cost? Follow

When tracking demand cost, include:

  • any costs associated with kilowatt (kW) usage
  • any costs labeled “Demand Charge”
  • any costs associated with "apparent" or "reactive power" (kVA) because utilities may apply charges when the ratio between the kW and kVA  (known as power factor) drops below a certain threshold

You may not have a single demand cost on your bill – you may need to add together the demand charges for Generation, Transmission, and Distribution costs. This can get complicated, so you may want to determine which variable demand costs are most important to you, and just track those.

Do not include fixed charges, or other charges associated with kilowatt-hours (kWh) used. In the example below, 2 separate demand charges need to be added together

Demand Tracking was added to Portfolio Manager in August 2017.  For more information, see our 2-page guide: How to Track Electric Demand.

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