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Fuel Factor


Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative buys a majority of its power requirements from Old Dominion Electric Co-op (ODEC). This generation and transmission Co-op is owned by 11 distribution co-ops in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. ODEC owns approximately half of its power supply needs, with a coal-fired generation unit in Halifax County and 11% of North Anna Nuclear plant. The other half is bought from other suppliers through contracts.

ODEC's rates are regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). SVEC is regulated by the State Corporation Commission (SCC). To protect consumers the SCC has established a base cost of energy and allows fluctuations in that cost of energy to be passed on through a fuel charge. To protect consumers even more, the fuel charge above, or below, the base charge is averaged over a 3 to 6 month period to prevent huge fluctuations. Up until the spring of 2001, this charge to you from SVEC had been very small, either positively and negatively.

In 2001 the fuel charge increased to historically high levels. Up until a few years ago, all contract purchases for ODEC were made under Federally regulated cost of service rates. Since then, energy purchased by ODEC has transitioned from the regulated cost basis to deregulated market based purchases. This meant that purchases are determined by whatever the market will bear, not by a regulator. The energy crisis in California is the prime example of what the market will bear.

The chart provided here indicates SVEC's per kWh fuel charge for the past 12 months and the average fuel charge over that period of time.

Previous 12 Months' Fuel Factor and Average Fuel Factor 

Month   Legacy Area   Acquired Area
March 2014   ($.00050) per kWh   $.00021 per kWh
February 2014   $.00392 per kWh   $.00435 per kWh
January 2014   $.00455 per kWh        $.00480 per kWh
December 2013   $.02603 per kWh   $.02641 per kWh
November 2013   $.02303 per kWh   $.02366 per kWh
October 2013   $.02107 per kWh   $.02205 per kWh
September 2013   $.02256 per kWh   $.02352 per kWh
August 2013   $.02256 per kWh   $.02353 per kWh
July 2013   $.02046 per kWh   $.02127 per kWh
June 2013   $.02103 per kWh   $.02177 per kWh
May 2013   $.02091 per kWh   $.02141 per kWh
April 2013   $.02341 per KWh   $.02355 per kWh

Average Fuel Factor for last 12 months

  $.01742 per kWh   $.01804 per kWh