The PCAC has been authorized by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin for the municipal utilities and small investor-owned utilities. The PCAC is an automatic adjustment clause that allows a utility to adjust customer's monthly bills either upward or downward to reflect the utilities average cost of purchasing power that is either above or belowthe average cost that is authorized by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin and reflected in the utility's base rates.
The PCAC varies monthly depending on the wholesale cost Bangor Municipal Utilities pays to purchase electricity to meet all of our customers’ needs. Since we do not own our own electric generating resources, our nonprofit utility depends on contracts with others to deliver the electricity that lights our homes and powers our businesses. Some months the PCAC is a positive amount and appears as a charge. Other months it is a negative amount and appears as a credit. During times of peakdemand for electricity - such as the summer and winter months – the cost to purchase power is typically higher. In general, the cost to generate power is rising throughout the utility industry. That’s largely a result of needed improvements that are being made to the transmission system and the construction of new generating facilities to keep up with a growing demand for power.