Economic Development

Electric Flex Rate (Service Classification 6)

The Board of Public Utilities (BPU) offers the Electric Service Classification No. 6, known as the “SC-6” or “Flex Rate” program, as an economic and business development tool utilized to help retain industrial customers in our electric territory. The program is available to assist larger-sized companies by slightly reducing their electrical costs.

The requirements for SC-6 include:

  • Agreement to the terms of the BPU’s standard contract
  • The company must be an electric customer of the utility                                                  
  • The company must be one of the approved North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) classifications:
    1. Administrative or support services
    2. Information
    3. Management of companies and enterprises
    4. Manufacturing
    5. Professional, scientific or technical services
    6. Real estate, rental and leasing
    7. Regional warehousing or storage
    8. Wholesale trade
  • Consume more than 400 kilowatts (kW) demand
  • Export half of traded goods/services outside Chautauqua County
  • Have a load factor greater than 45%
  • Invest annually in their business
  • Maintain or add more than twenty-five jobs per megawatt (MW)
  • Meet with utility representatives annually

Full details on SC-6 (Flex Rate) program are described in the tariff (leaves 124-130).