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New Braunfels Utilities’ electric rates are comprised of a combination of fixed customer charges and variable kWh charges designed to recover NBU’s cost to maintain its electric infrastructure and deliver reliable service to its customers.


Questions About Rates or the Charges On Your Bill?

Understanding Your Bill – View an interactive bill statement with comprehensive, line-by-line explanations of all the charges on your NBU bill.

Cost of Power and the PCRA – Learn about what is causing the high cost of power in Texas and the PCRA charge specifically.

Code of Ordinances for the City of New Braunfels, Texas – Review in-depth explanations about NBU’s electric services and rate practices.

FY 2023 Rate Increase FAQ’s – Read answers to commonly asked questions about the August 1, 2022, rate increases and learn how they will affect your utility bill.

Average Cost Per kWh

The August 2022 average cost per kWh for residential customers is 13.8 cents.*

The current 12-month average is 12.3 cents per kWh.

*Based on an average usage of 1,200 kWh.

Electric Rate Breakdown

FY 2022 Rates (Effective 8.01.2021)
Purchased Power Charge (Generation Charge + Transmission Charge)
Generation Charge (June – September)*
Transmission Charge

*The Generation Charge has a summer and non-summer rate. The FY 2023 non-summer (October – May) rate is .04 per kWh.
$.0552 per kWh
$.05 per kWh
$.0052 per kWh
Power Cost Recovery Adjustment (PCRA) (GCRF + TCRF)*
Generation Cost Recovery Factor (GCRF)
Transmission Cost Recovery Factor (TCRF)

*The PCRA currently consists of 72% market volatility and 28% Winter Storm Uri recovery. The formula is included in the New Braunfels Code of Ordinances section 130-58.
$.075 per kWh
$.063 per kWh
$.012 per kWh
Delivered Power Charge$.0135 per kWh
Electric Availability Charge$15.51 per month
FY 2023 Current Rates (Effective 8.01.2022)
Purchased Power Charge (Generation Charge + Transmission Charge)
Generation Charge (June – September)*
Transmission Charge

*The Generation Charge has a summer and non-summer rate. The FY 2023 non-summer (October – May) rate is .04 per kWh.
$.0552 per kWh
$.05 per kWh
$.0052 per kWh
Power Cost Recovery Adjustment (PCRA) (GCRF + TCRF)*
Generation Cost Recovery Factor (GCRF)
Transmission Cost Recovery Factor (TCRF)

*The PCRA currently consists of 72% market volatility and 28% Winter Storm Uri recovery. The formula is included in the New Braunfels Code of Ordinances section 130-58.
$.054 per kWh
$.042 per kWh
$.012 per kWh
Delivered Power Charge$.0149 per kWh
Electric Availability Charge$17.06 per month

July 2021 and 2022 Utility Bill Comparison

Charge Definitions

Purchased Power

Rather than owning power plants, NBU buys power from the ERCOT market through a hedging program, which is designed to reduce volatility and deliver a competitive price. Transmission costs are set by the state each year and are based on a community’s peak electricity demand from the prior year.

Power Cost Recovery Adjustment (PCRA)

The PCRA is a monthly adjustment to recover the variable cost of purchasing power, including fuel price fluctuations. Since New Braunfels Utilities is a nonprofit entity, only actual costs are passed through to the customers.

Delivered Power

This is the cost of power distribution, and it is charged on a per kilowatt-hour rate. This covers the operation and maintenance of NBU’s local distribution infrastructure including poles, wires, and transformers.

Electric Availability

The base costs incurred in making service available for customers, including meter reading, billing, and record keeping. The charge is fixed and independent of the amount of electricity used in a particular month.