Customers who use electric service for growing, harvesting, and processing farm products are served on Entergy Arkansas Inc.'s General Farm Service (GFS) rate schedule. Examples of this type of service are grain bins, chicken houses, and barns. This rate schedule does not apply to any other type of domestic or residential use. This rate schedule does not apply to agricultural water pumping or cotton ginning. There are specific rate schedules applicable to agricultural water pumping and cotton ginning.
- GFS billings include a customer charge, demand charge, and energy charge.* The demand charge only applies to the load in excess of 6 kW.
- The monthly rate schedule minimum bill for GFS service is a charge per kVa of the transformer capacity necessary to serve the customer’s load. Some customers may be subject to a line extension minimum, also. In that case, the minimum dollar amount charged for service will be the greater of the line extension minimum and the GFS rate schedule minimum.*
- Three phase GFS customers pay a small additional monthly fee for service.
- GFS customers who operate on a recurring seasonal basis may opt to have the applicable monthly minimum bill converted to a seasonal application if that is more economical and/or convenient for the customer.
Agricultural Water Pumping (AP)
Customers who use electric service for the irrigation of crops, fish farming or other agricultural purposes which require pumping large quantities of water are served on Entergy Arkansas Inc.'s Agricultural Water Pumping Service (AP) rate schedule. Examples of this type of service are pumping associated with irrigating crops or for fish farming. This rate schedule does not apply to fish farm aerators or irrigation for non-agricultural purposes such as golf courses.
The AP rate schedule provides for two different types of billings which are referred to as APA and APB. The APA rate is a seasonal rate where a customer satisfies his minimum billing during three peak season months. The APB rate is an optional monthly rate that applies in a similar manner as Entergy Arkansas Inc.'s other monthly rate schedules.
The best rate for an individual customer is dependent on the customer's usage pattern. APA is generally the more economical rate for applications that require large quantities of water during the three peak billing months of the agricultural water pumping season, such as rice crops. APB is generally the more economical rate for crops that require water for periods other than the three peak season months and/or where the need for watering is dependent on whether it rains, such as row crops.
A customer may elect to be billed on the optional monthly APB rate at the beginning of a season or when service is connected each year. After this election, the basis for billing will not be changed from the Optional Monthly Rate (APB) to the Seasonal Rate (APA) or vice versa during any one season.
The Agricultural Water Pumping season begins with March each year and ends with February of the following year.
- Entergy Arkansas Inc. bills 21 cycles in each month. The three peak billing months for an APA customer are defined by the cycle assigned to the customer’s account. The three peak billing months for customers in cycle 1 through cycle 8 are July, August, and September. The three peak billing months for customers in cycle 9 through cycle 21 are June, July, and August.
- Peak Season Billing
- The APA peak season rate consists of two prices for blocks of energy.* The first price applies to a block of energy equal to the first 268 kWh per kW of Billing Load. The second price applies to a block of energy equal to all additional kWh used by the customer in the month. Billing Load cannot be less than 11 kW.
- The rate schedule minimum bill for APA service is a charge per peak season Billing Load where Billing Load cannot be less than 11 kW in each peak season month. In addition, some customers may be subject to a line extension minimum. In that case, the minimum dollar amount charged for service will be the greater of the line extension minimum and the APA rate schedule minimum.*
- Any applicable minimum will be billed only during the customer’s three peak billing months. Minimum bills do not apply during the other nine billing months. If a customer has no electricity usage during the other nine billing months, he will not receive a bill in those months with no electricity usage.
- Pre-Peak Season Billing Month: Energy billed during a season prior to the customer's initial peak billing month will be billed at the price associated with the APA first block of energy as described above. No minimum bill is applicable. If the customer does not have any usage during a pre-peak season billing month, he will not receive a bill.
- APB monthly billings include an energy charge consisting of two prices for blocks of energy.* The first price applies to a block of energy equal to the first 402 kWh per kW of Billing Load. The second price applies to a block of energy equal to all additional kWh used by the customer in the month. Billing Load cannot be less than 11 kW.
- The monthly rate schedule minimum bill for APB service is a charge per the monthly kW where the monthly kW cannot be less than 11 kW.*
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*Plus Fuel and Purchased Power and other applicable riders.