A solid investment in your electric co-op

By Anne Prince

            As a member of Access Energy Cooperative, you make an investment in the co-op every time you pay your bill. This collective investment in the co-op benefits you and the cooperative immediately and over time. So what exactly is this monthly investment, and how do you benefit from it?

            The fixed facilities charge is a monthly investment that helps your co-op cover the expenses of maintaining the overall electric system. Combatting cyber security threats and maintaining poles, wires, substations and co-op equipment takes strategic planning and significant resources. The fixed facilities charge essentially ensures that all equipment operates properly and staff is trained and ready so the lights turn on when you need them.

                Regardless of how much electricity a particular family uses, the cost of delivering power to that house is the same. As a not-for-profit electric cooperative, your board of directors, who are members just like you, believe the operational costs should be spread fairly and equitably across all of our members, based on the type of service they require from the cooperative. That is why every member pays the fixed facilities charge associated with their service type each month to cover basic operational costs.

            Your monthly investment ensures you have access to safe, reliable and affordable power when you need it. We appreciate and value the investment that you make in the co-op each month, and we strive to use that investment wisely for the benefit of all members of our community.