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Sorting out the confusion (in other words, "What the heck do they mean by that?")AC Ampere B-1 Boot BTU CCF Circuit CLEC CO coulomb Conjunctive Billing Current Customer Charge DC Demand Demand Charge Duck Energy Charge ECCR Erlang ERU FCC GRT HOBIC Horsepower Interruptible Service Interstate Intrastate ISDN ISP (K - Kilo) Kilovolt (KW) (KWH) LAN LATA LEC Load Load Factor Lumen Mega Megawatt MFF Mulligan NIC OHM PIC POTS RADAR SFU T-1 Tariff Therm Volt Voltage Watt Wattage Watt-Hour
B-1 - Regular business single telephone line.
Boot - British word for the trunk of a car.
CCF - Water & sewer utilities sometimes use this as an abbreviation for 100 cubic feet. Some sell water in CCF units. There are 231 cubic inches in one US gallon. Since a cubic foot is 12 by 12 by 12 inches, a cubic foot has 1728 cubic inches. Thus one cubic foot = 1728 cubic inches = (1728/231) gallons = 7.4805 gallons. In this context, one CCF (100 cubic feet) equals about 748.05 US gallons.
Circuit - A conductor or a system of conductors through which an electric current is intended to flow.
CLEC - Competitive Local Exchange Carrier
CO - Central office. A location which houses a switch to serve local telephone subscribers.
Conjunctive Billing - The combining, for billing purposes , of the separate consumptions and registered demands of two or more points of delivery serving a single customer.
Current - A flow of electric charge.
Customer Charge - One component of a utility billing.
Demand - The average rate at which energy is delivered during a specified continuous interval of time, such as instantaneous, 15, 30, or 60 minutes. Electric demand is generally expressed in kilowatts (KW).
Demand Charge - One component of some electric bills.
Energy Charge - One component of an electric bill generally related to those costs which vary in proportion to energy (KWH) consumption.
ECCR - Energy Conservation Cost Recovery. A charge applicable to a customer's usage for recovering the cost incurred by the utility company for approved energy conservation programs.
Erlang - A measurement of telephone traffic. One Erlang is equal to one full hour of use, or 3,600 seconds of phone conversation.
ERU - Equivalent Residential Unit.
GRT - Gross Receipts Tax
HOBIC - HOtel Billing Information Center used by hotels for getting immediate charges for long distance calls placed by their guests.
Horsepower - A unit of power equal to 745.7 watts. Ratings of motors are generally measured in horsepower.
Interruptible Service - Utility service which may be interrupted by the utility company especially at times of critical capacity conditions.
Interstate - Between states (crossing a state line.)
Intrastate - Remaining entirely in a single state.
ISDN - Integrated Services Digital Network.
ISP - Internet Service Provider. A company who provides access for customers to the Internet.
(K) - Kilo. A prefix meaning a 1,000.
LAN - Local Area Network.
LATA - Local Access and Transport Area aka Service Area. One of 196 local geographical areas in the US within which a local telephone company may offer telecommunications services.
LEC - Local Exchange Carrier. (The local telephone company)
Load - The electric power requirements of a customer for operation of appliances, electric equipment, or other current consuming devices.
Load Factor - The ratio of the average demand over a designated period of time to the maximum demand occurring in that period. Load factor may also be derived by dividing the energy in the period (KWH) by the product of the maximum demand (KW) and the number of hours (H) in the period. This is often expressed as a percentage.
Lumen - A unit of light measurement equivalent to the amount of light delivered by one standard candle at a distance of one foot.
Mega - A prefix meaning a 1,000,000.
MFF - Municipal Franchise Fee
Mulligan - A "do-over" in golf. When a golfer hits a bad shot off the Tee. As in, "I think I'll take a Mulligan." It is mostly used by high-handicap amateurs. Hint: You don't see it used on the PGA tour.
PIC - Primary Interexchange Carrier. It is the long distance company to which traffic from a given location is automatically routed when dialing 1+ in equal access areas.
POTS - Plain Old Telephone Service. Nothing fancy, just a basic telephone line serving single line telephones.
T-1 - Trunk level 1. A digital transmission link with a total signaling speed of 1.544 Mbps (1,544,000 bits per second)
SFU - Single Family Unit
Tariff - A utility company's assembled volume of information containing rules and regulations, rate schedules, standard forms, and other material as required by, and filed with the regulating Public Service Commission.
Volt - The unit of measurement of electrical force or pressure.
Voltage - The electric pressure of a circuit in an electric system measured in volts.
Wattage - The electric power required by an appliance or current consuming device.
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