What is a minimum bill?

A minimum bill or minimum charge is the minimum amount that the utility can charge customers for service. This charge only applies to customers whose monthly usage falls below the amount required to support distribution and billing related costs.

The CPUC authorized a change to minimum billing in the Residential Rate Reform proceeding in 2015. The current approved amount for minimum bills is $10 or $5 for CARE customers. Some utilities calculate minimum bill as a daily charge, which will add up over the course of the month to roughly $5 or $10.


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