rate·​pay·​er ˈrāt-ˌpā-ər How to pronounce ratepayer (audio)
British : taxpayer
: one who pays for a utility service and especially electricity according to established rates

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Electricity prices only make up about half of a ratepayer’s bill. Sean Mcdonnell, cleveland, 11 Jan. 2023 The Public Utilities Commission’s internal ratepayer watchdog estimates those payments at $4.6 billion this year. Sammy Rothstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 22 Dec. 2022 Even the most conservative estimates suggest the average ratepayer will pay at least $564 more a year to finance the desal project. Rosanna Xiastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2022 In addition, energy prices only make up about half of a ratepayer’s electric bill; the rest of the bill covers the cost of conveying electricity via high-voltage transmission lines and distributing it through local wires and poles, Schilling said. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, 10 Oct. 2022 What's different is Walnut Way's focus on the utility's impact on a narrow group of ratepayers, the primarily Black residents of specific low-income neighborhoods, though Walnut Way's ratepayer advocacy extends to other low-income populations. Karl Ebert, Journal Sentinel, 19 Oct. 2022 FirstEnergy Solutions, which was a subsidiary of FirstEnergy when HB6 was passed, is the owner of the two nuclear power plants that would have received the $1 billion-plus ratepayer bailout. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, 21 Oct. 2022 Instead, it was loaded with ideas, passion, innovations, and real care for those who were affected by his decisions, from Joe and Jill ratepayer to his own staff. Llewellyn King, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2022 The monies come from shareholder funds, not ratepayer funds. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ratepayer was in 1845

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“Ratepayer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ratepayer. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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