Paying bills isn’t anyone’s favorite chore and we totally get it! That’s why we’ve designed our bill to be easy to read and quick to understand — leaving you with all the information you need and without any questions. If something does come up, you should find the answer below. And if not, we’re always happy to connect. Just give us a call at 503-228-6322.
The most important part of your bill! Don't forget to read the message box - this is where we provide important information about your payments, payment review periods, alerts and more.
This section of your bill shows your monthly energy use for an entire year. Compare this month's bill to prior months and track your use over time.
Compare this month’s energy use to last month and last year.
If you’re on Equal Pay, a Time Payment Agreement, or both, click on the tab for your plan below to view graphics and information that are unique to your bill and don't appear on the basic monthly bill.
You will see this on your first bill. This is your Equal Pay review period.
This shows your actual usage compared to your Equal Pay expected usage.
How to view regulatory charges and credits
We’re always looking for ways to improve your experience and make things easier, which is why we’ve streamlined the “charges” detail on your paper bill. If you’re looking for a more in-depth explanation of your charges, you can see those in a PDF in your account online. There you’ll find details about regulatory charges and credits.
Supports fixed costs such as maintenance, billing and customer service, regardless of the energy used. This is a charge for having service available and is billed even if no electricity is used.
Energy use charge
The amount of electricity you used multiplied by the cost for energy as stated in your rate schedule.
For residential customers, kilowatt-hour (kWh) charges are on a tiered rate structure.
Energy charges for Time of Use customers will be broken out into different rate periods.
Transmission and distribution charges
These charges cover the cost of bringing power to you, including the cost of maintaining utility poles, lines, substations, transmission towers and other equipment, and restoring power after storms.
Adjustment schedules are listed separately from your energy costs for transparency and because they occasionally change.
Adjustments may be added, may expire or may change from debits to credits or vice-versa.
New Schedule 150 Transportation Electrification Cost Recovery
House Bill 2165 Section 2 (2) directed the Utilities to collect a transportation electrification charge equal to one quarter of one percent of the total retail revenue from a given year. Funds collected under this schedule support transportation electrification with half allocated to underserved communities.
Low income assistance
This $1.04 charge, mandated by state law, provides funding for low-income residential customers who are unable to pay their electric bills in times of crisis. An Oregon law passed in 2021 increases the amount of funds allocated to this effort for a 2-year window (2022-2023). Given the increase in financial hardship stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, on top of Oregon’s ongoing economic challenges, this temporary increase was broadly supported by customer and low-income advocates. Electric utilities are currently collecting an additional $0.35 from residential customers, along with proportional amounts from non-residential customers. As utilities collect the funds, they are distributed to community organizations to assist customers in paying their bills.
Public purpose charge (1.5% decrease from the previous 3%)
HB 3141 moved energy efficiency out of the Public Purpose Charge and into Schedule 109. The remaining amount in the PPC increased from 1.3% to 1.5%. This charge funds renewable resources, energy efficiency in schools and low-income energy efficiency and housing programs. Mandated by state law, this is a fee expiring Jan. 1, 2036. PGE does not keep these funds; they are distributed to organizations with energy-efficiency programs, including the Energy Trust of Oregon.
Late payment charge
A late payment charge may be applied to past-due billings.
If your payment is past due, you will receive a notice through the mail and an automated phone call. If you receive a past-due notice, please call PGE at 800-542-8818.
Our employees carry PGE identification with a photograph. Don’t hesitate to ask for identification before admitting a PGE employee onto your premises.