Details about deposits, the monthly billing cycle and service disconnection and reconnection
TEP may require from any present or prospective customer a deposit to guarantee the payment of bills. The deposit may be retained until service is discontinued and all bills have been paid. Residential customer deposits will not exceed two times the estimated average monthly bill. Deposits will automatically be credited to the customer's account after 12 consecutive months of service during which time the customer has not been delinquent more than two times.
The company may require a customer to pay a deposit if payment of three or more bills is delinquent within a consecutive 12-month period or if service has been disconnected for non-payment.
TEP may review the customer's usage after service has been connected and adjust the deposit amount based upon the customer's actual usage.
A separate deposit may be required for each meter installed.
Waiver of deposit
A waiver of deposit may be granted depending on the following circumstances:
- If the customer has had service of a comparable nature with the company at another service location within the past two years and was not delinquent in payment during the last 12 consecutive months of service or was not disconnected for nonpayment, or
- The customer can produce a letter regarding credit verification from an electric utility where service of a comparable nature was last received stating that the customer had a timely payment history at time of service discontinuation, or
- The company receives a deposit guarantee notification from a social or governmental agency acceptable to the company.
TEP bills customers monthly for services rendered. You pay for your service after you've used it. Meter reading will be scheduled for periods of not less than 25 days or more than 35 days. If the company is unable to read the meter on the scheduled meter read date, the company will estimate the consumption for the billing period giving consideration to the following factors where applicable:
- The customer's usage during the same month of the previous year
- The amount of usage during the preceding month
If we are unable to read your meter, your bill will include a message below the read dates of the bill: An estimated meter read was used to calculate this bill.
Disconnect notice process
If you receive a disconnect notice for non-payment, it will be included with your monthly bill. TEP e-bill customers will receive a disconnect notice message displayed prominently in the email alert that their bill is ready to view. When the link to “view bill” is clicked, e-bill customers will see both their current bill and any pending disconnect notice. If you are enrolled in e-bill through a third-party provider, such as your bank, you will receive a paper copy of your disconnect notice (and bill) should your account become delinquent.
Failure to pay the amount shown on your bill may result in service disconnection at any time on or after the termination date shown on the notice. Timely payment of your TEP bill is the best way to avoid disconnection.
Before service can be reconnected after disconnection for non-payment, the delinquent portion of the bill and a separate reconnect fee must be paid in full. Additionally, a deposit may be required.
Once a payment has been made through a verifiable method, call TEP at 520-623-7711, and Customer Care will issue a reconnect order. We cannot guarantee that service will be turned on the same day a payment is made.
To determine if your service has been reconnected, the main breaker must be in the “on” position.
Questions regarding your bill?
Call Customer Care at 520-623-7711.
You have the right to contact the Arizona Corporation Commission if you are not satisfied with our findings regarding your bill.
Arizona Corporation Commission
402 W. Congress St.
800-222-7000 – Phoenix office
800-535-0148 – Tucson office