For commercial and industrial customers with a demand greater than 50 kW the PUD monitors and records power factor each time the meter is read. If power factor falls below 0.95 a line item will appear on the bill showing what the power factor was for the billing cycle and the associated cost.
Most customers show concerns over the financial impact when the “Power Factor Adjustment” reaches a dollar amount equal to 10% of their total bill. However, we encourage any customer receiving a power factor adjustment charge to contact an electrician about correction. In some cases, mitigation costs can be recovered in as little as 6-12 months.
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