Demand Charge

  A charge for the maximum rate at which energy is used during peak hours of a billing period. That part of a utility service charged for on the basis of the possible demand as distinguished from the energy actually consumed.
  The sum to be paid by a large electricity consumer for its peak usage level.
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  That portion of the consumer's bill for electric service based on the consumer's maximum electric capacity usage and calculated based on the billing demand charges under the applicable rate schedule.
  U.S. Dept. of Energy, Energy Information Administration's Energy Glossary
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  The sum to be paid by a large electricity consumer for its peak usage level.
  California Energy Comission. Dictionary of Energy Terms

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