Public Benefits Charge [Energy] Law and Legal Definition

According to 10 CFR 905.2 [Title 10 Energy; Chapter III Department of Energy; Part 905 Energy Planning and Management Program; Subpart A General Provisions], Public Benefits Charge means “a mandatory financial charge imposed by State, Tribal, or Federal law upon a customer under its jurisdiction to support one or more of the following: energy efficiency, conservation, or demand-side management; renewable energy; efficiency or alternative energy-related research and development; low-income energy assistance; and/or other similar programs defined by applicable State, Tribal, or Federal law. This term is also known as a public goods or system benefit charge in the utility industry.”