Utility Rates

Annual utility rates for the following utilities: steam, electric, chilled water, water, and sanitary are approved by the Office of the Provost annually. Every two years, the Office of Government Costing and F&S reconcile the actual utility costs in preparation of the F&A Cost Proposal submitted by campus.  The budgeted utility rates are composed of the following elements:

  • Fuel and purchased utility (electricity, water, sanitary and natural gas) costs
  • Chemicals
  • Cost to distribute utilities to buildings
  • Operations and administrative overhead costs
  • Budgeted maintenance costs
  • Major repair/replacement and capital replacement costs
  • Debt service
  • Reduction in existing utility deficit
  • Over/Under recovery of prior year operating deficits

The utility base budget of the university includes the utility costs for all state-supported buildings, billed on a per unit consumed basis. Auxillary and commercial customers are billed directly on a per unit consumed basis for their portion of the annual costs. Each year, the projected energy and water consumption for the university is estimated, along with known expenses. The projected costs and projected consumption are combined into utility rates for each primary commodity. Once approved, the state utility budget is set aside, and billed monthly and tracked through the Energy Billing System (EBS).

Current Utility Rates

 Commodity   FY 2020 Rates     FY 2021 Proposal     % Change
 Steam (per klb) $21.19 $18.17 (14.3%)
 Electric (per kwh)  $0.0786  $0.0841 6.8%
 Chilled Water (per MBTU)  $12.98 $14.03 8.0%
 Water (per kgal) $3.83 $3.97 3.8%
 Sanitary (per kgal) $3.43 $3.67 7.1%

FY21 Utility Rates

Archived Utility Rates

FY19 Utility Rates
FY18 Utility Rates
FY17 Utility Rates
FY16 Utility Rates
FY15 Utility Rates
FY14 Utility Rates
FY13 Utility Rates