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Understanding your CFE Bill

Understanding your CFE Bill

Understanding your CFE bill is the first step in managing your electricity costs.  After reading our Guide to Understanding your CFE Bill you should be well on your way.

CFE may use different layouts for their electricity bills.  If your bill doesn’t look exactly like this example, the titles of the items and charges should be the same maybe just in different places.   

CFE Bill – Page 1

1. Service Number – identifier of your CFE account

2. Tariff applied to the bill – normally 1-something, in Los Cabos 1C.  If it says DAC – check out our page on the DAC Rate here.

3. Meter Number – number identifying the meter

4. Meter Multiplier – older style meters with the 5 dials will have a multiplier value, for new electronic meters this value will be 1

5. Billing Period (PERIODO FACTURADO) – the date from and to for which the bill is calculated for

6. Payment Due Date (LIMITE DE PAGO) – the date by which the bill must be paid.  If you are paying right on the due date, you must pay at the self-serve machines at the CFE office

7. Cut-off Date (CORTE A PARTIR) – the date that you will be cut off.  Yes you will be cut-off that day, no power, nothing.  Read all about CFE and Credit here.

8. Energy Charge(s) (CONCEPTO )- your bill is calculated based on the applicable published CFE tariff and the line items outlined in the tariff.

9. Line Item Types – CFE residential tariffs have a number of basic line items based on consumption price bands.  You will find the types of Basico, Intermedio, Excedente on Winter Bills indicating the 1st, 2nd and last price levels applied to your bill.  On summer bills you will find the types of Basico, Intermedio1, Intermedio2, Excedente indicating the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and last price levels applied to your bill.  Suma is the sum total of the kWh and the charges.  Price per kWh increases as you move from Basico to Exedente.  If you are finding you have a number greater than zero for Exidente you will have used up all the kWh volumes alloted to you for the lower price levels.

10. Current Meter Reading – the reading just taken for this bill

11. Previous Meter Reading – the reading from the previous bill

12. Energy in kilowatt hours (kWh) – for the period & by charge line item

13. Price in Pesos per kWh – for each charge line item

14. Subtotal in Pesos – by line item

15. Subtotal for all energy charges

16. High Usage Warning – infographic showing your consumption in the period with respect to approaching the DAC limit for your tariff. Translated it says “This graph reflects your consumption level. The less use, the more support.” This replaces the former speedometer graphic on the previous CFE bill.

17. CFE advertisement

18. Supply cost breakdown – while the title translates as “Energy costs in the Wholesale Electricity Market”, these are not just wholesale market costs but include other elements. See below for a translation of each item.

  • Supply (Suministro) – costs for CFE to create and send you a bill
  • Distribution (Distribución) – costs for use of the Distribution System
  • Transmission (Transmisión) – costs for use of the Transmission System
  • National Control Center (CENACE) – costs for National Control Center Operator
  • Energy (Energía) – costs for energy produced
  • Capacity (Capacidad) – costs for generation capacity needed for reliability
  • Wholesale Electricity Market (SCnMEM) – costs for energy trading in the wholesale market.

19. Government Subsidy – translated as “Government Support” it is calculated as the sum of the costs in in the Supply Cost breakdown (Section 18) minus the Subtotal for all energy charges. CFE Tariff rates for home and farm consumers have a government subsidy built in based on forecasts. The actual subsidy will vary as costs in the market to supply changes each month.

20. Final bill calculations – including: Energy (Energia) for the period, IVA @ 16%, Period Total (Fac. Del Periodo), Previous Billed Amount (Adeudo Anterior), Your Payment (Su Pago) and Total amount due.

CFE Bill – Page 2

Mostly advertising here… but there are two important things that tell you about how you’re doing.

21. Consumption History Table – your previous consumption history for the past 11 periods (22 months) not including your current bill.  At any one time you have a full 2 years of history on the bill.

22. Consumption History Chart – your previous consumption history for the past 11 periods (22 months) not including your current bill represented as a bar chart.


The guide to Understanding your CFE Bill is available as a PDF file from  Click on the image to download.


  • Marilyn McWilliams

    May 2, 2021 at 9:02 am Reply

    Where can you see your current balance in pesos, we pay yearly amount but never know our balance.

  • Linda Mcbride

    May 6, 2021 at 12:13 pm Reply

    What to do if I do not get a paper bill? I have even had a new meter and changed the name on the meter to my name from my husbands and still no paper bill.

    • Dean Short

      May 9, 2021 at 12:47 pm Reply

      You need to go down to CFE and find out what happened to your bill. Eventually if you’re not paying it you will get cut-off and you’ll have to go down to CFE to sort it out and bring your account current.

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