Under many retail leases, the tenant is required to pay the landlord for electricity used to operate the retail store. Lease provisions regarding electricity charges are often complex or unclear, and provisions regarding how to allocate electricity use to each tenant and what rates to charge vary substantially. Often, retailers are charged for more electricity than they use and at rates that are far higher than what the landlord actually paid for the electricity.

At the link is an article my colleague, Greg Call, and I wrote regarding steps a retailer can take to investigate whether it is being overcharged for electricity and to pursue the landlord for relief.