Budget Billing is a free service to CVEA residential energy members that
helps manage cash flow by providing a predictable monthly energy
The budget billing program is designed to minimize large fluctuations in
energy bills from season to season (it is not a cost-savings or discount
program). The monthly bill is based on an average of the member's
previous 12 months’ usage, but it may be adjusted for changes in rates.
Enrollment in the program will be April–May annually. If enrolled in
April, the first budget bill will be May 20. If enrolled in May, the
first budget bill will be June 20.
Meters will continue to be read on a monthly basis, and members will
continue to receive a monthly bill. The bill will indicate the current
kilowatt-hour consumption and the current budget billing amount.
The budget billing program is available to all year-round residential
members, based on the following eligibility criteria:
Member has received service at the CVEA location for at least 12
Member must enter program with an account balance of zero or a credit
Member is in good standing, which is defined as having no more than
one delinquency in payment during the last 12 consecutive months
Signing up is easy!
Members can sign up for budget billing April 1 through May 31 of each
year by completing the information below. Participation is not mandatory
and may be discontinued by either the member or CVEA at any time by
Frequently Asked Questions
No. There is no service charge or fee with CVEA’s budget billing
Budget billing is a billing option to help members manage cash
flow by providing a predictable monthly energy expense.
A member electing to participate in the budget billing program
will pay a monthly amount equal to the average of the most recent
12 months’ bills.
The accounts under the budget billing program will be reviewed at
least once per year.
CVEA staff will periodically review budget billing accounts. If
the estimated monthly billing amount varies significantly (10
percent or more) from actual usage cost, a new monthly billing
amount will be calculated and you will be notified of the billing
change. The Association may adjust the consumer’s monthly amount
to bring the account into approximate balance. If during the
true-up it is determined the consumer has been overcharged, the
amount overcharged will be credited to his/her account. Estimates
for budget billing amounts will be available upon request.
The monthly budget billing amount may be adjusted for significant
changes in the Association’s base rates or fuel adjustment factors
if CVEA believes the change may have a material impact on consumer
The monthly bill of each budget billing program participant shall
include the following additional information: actual kilowatt-hour
consumption, amount due for actual consumption, budget billing
amount due, and accumulated variation in actual versus budget
No. Because of seasonal variation in CVEA’s rates, joining this
program is limited to April and May only. This allows members to
build a credit in the summer before going into the winter months
when fuel costs are typically higher.
A member who terminates participation in the program, but not
service, will have any outstanding credit balances applied to the
current bill. Any credit balance in excess of that credited to the
current bill will be credited to future bills. Any outstanding
balances owed to the Association will be due on the member’s
current bill and subject to normal collection procedures.
Any member who disputes the accuracy of a bill shall notify CVEA
and state reasoning in support of his/her position. Such notice
shall not be sufficient reason to withhold payment. If a bill is
found to be incorrect, the Association will credit the amount of
overpayment to the next bill rendered. Any amount due to the
member in excess of that will be credited to the following bill.
If a consumer under the plan fails to pay the budget billing
obligation in any month, including the settlement month, normal
collection procedures will be followed, including disconnection if
For additional information regarding the budget billing program,
please contact Mary Ellen Bedrick at firstname.lastname@example.org or