Power Reliability and Rate Options

Distribution Lines:

  • Overhead Lines – 8,583
  • Underground Lines - 986

Transmission Lines:

  • Miles of Line - 258

Reliability Rating: 
           99.9995%

 

 

MILES of Underground Distribution Line                         MILES of Overhead Distribution Line               Total Meters GVEC Serves in South Central Texas

 

The Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative (GVEC) is a progressive and responsive partner equipped for businesses small and large. We serve one of the largest clusters of commercial and industrial-based customers in the region and we have the values, work ethic and experience to exceed our members’ needs. That’s just one of the unique aspects of doing business with GVEC. 

 

Trustworthy Power Supply and Service.

GVEC procures the wholesale power necessary to meet the constantly increasing energy demands of our consumers through Generation and Transmission resources. Today, our power is purchased through multiple reputable and reliable suppliers. Some of the largest energy producers in the United States provide for GVEC customers through a generation mix primarily consisting of natural gas and hydro.  

GVEC is one of the only cooperatives in the nation to be financially rated by two of the world’s largest financial rating institutions including Standard and Poors (S&P) and Fitch Ratings (Fitch). Holding a “AA-” long-term rating from both S&P and Fitch, these ratings are a highly recognized metric for financial confidence in the Cooperative. This results in savings opportunities for all GVEC members as we are able to procure power at negotiated pricing from multiple suppliers, which translates into more stable and economical rates long-term.

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High Reliability Standards.

Reliability is serious business. That is why we measure our performance by a set of strict benchmarks. Our current reliability rating is 99.9995%. That means that our members can depend on our service.

This high standard is met through consistent monitoring and maintenance of our electric system. Annual maintenance includes inspecting and changing out thousands of poles, upgrading wire and equipment, establishing new lines, and investing in transmission lines when necessary. With distribution as our primary service, GVEC operations are robust enough to also build and maintain our own transmission lines; a quality of which only a handful of cooperatives can claim.

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Cost-Effective Rates.

GVEC is committed to providing our commercial and industrial members with competitive and cost-effective electricity rates. We offer multiple classifications and rate schedules to fit specific business types. Before establishing your service, we will meet with you and select a rate class based on your overall monthly kilowatt demand as well as discuss any further details regarding your needs. Our current rates as of March 2016 include:

GVEC Power Rates Chart

*Rates are provided for general information purposes only and are subject to change without notice.

Contact Economic Development staff at economicdevelopment@gvec.org or 830.857.1207 to confirm information.

 

Components of GVEC billing include:

  • Generation & Transmission Charge – The Generation and Transmission Charge reflects the dollars GVEC pays to our wholesale power suppliers for the power that is then sold, at cost – dollar for dollar, to our members through this charge.
  • Distribution Charge – The Distribution Charge reflects the dollars GVEC retains in order to distribute electricity to your location. This is used for the operation and maintenance of the electric system. It is broken down into three separate charges on your bill:
    • Service Availability Charge – The Service Availability charge covers the costs associated with having power available to your meter(s), whether or not electricity is used.
    • Delivery Charge – The Delivery Charge covers the costs associated with delivering power and is based on actual kWh consumption (electricity that is used monthly).
    • Demand Charge –G3, G4, and G5 accounts incur a monthly Demand Charge based on the maximum killowatts metered during any 15 minute interval within a billing cycle.

 

For further details, contact the Economic Development staff at economicdevelopment@gvec.org or 830.857.1207.