Utility Rates

Campus Water Rebate Program

The water use records for last year have now been tallied, and 73 percent of the metered sites cut their water use in FY14-15 to earn a rebate. About one third of these facilities cut their water use by more than 20 percent. Campus-wide rebates totaled about $30,000. Including all customers, a net 13 percent reduction in water use was recorded.

Summary of Rebates


The Utilities division is responsible for developing campus utility rates, metering usage, and billing for utility services. Utility rates are developed to allocate fairly the full cost of each utility system, without profit or subsidy, to customers who benefit from it.

Rates are developed annually and submitted for approval via the campus rate review process administered by the office of Budget & Institutional Analysis.

Rates are based on the anticipated cost of system operation for the period the rate covers, in order to provide as much budget predictability as possible to our customers.

Any program surpluses or deficits caused by cost deviations from the rate model are carried forward and embedded in the following year’s rates. Due to the potential for high volatility in energy prices, temporary surcharges to approved rates may be enacted if required to prevent excessive carry forward of surpluses or deficits. However, it is anticipated that this will occur rarely.

See Notes for Engineering and Cost Analysis below for additional details.

Current Rates (2014-2015)

Commodity & Billing Units

Commodities-Only Cost

Simple Rates
(for State-Supported Space)

(Student Housing, etc.)



(blended) $0.0614
(incremental) $0.0699




Building Gas (therms)





Steam (k-lb)





Chilled Water (ton-hrs)





Domestic Water (ccf)





Ag Water (acre-feet)


Sewer (ccf)





Notes for Engineering and Cost Analyses

1) For incremental analyses for state‐supported uses (e.g., comparing green power purchase agreements, water conservation etc.), use the "Commodities-only Costs". For electricity, use the higher incremental rate, as that cost reflects the last electricity purchased.

2) For other non-incremental analyses (e.g., determining how much it costs to support Building A vs. Building B), use the "Simple Costs".

3) For financial analysis of work proposed for non-state, affiliated utility customers (e.g., Housing), use the "Current Billing Rates". In some cases, these rates are lower than the Simple Costs due to existing surpluses.

4) For financial analysis of work proposed for non‐state, non‐affiliated utility customers (e.g., USDA), use the "Non-Affiliated Billing Rates". In some cases, these rates are lower than the Simple Costs due to existing surpluses.

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