Fees & Charges
An electric bill is mailed to each member on or around the 8th of the month and will be due 20 days after billing. . A bill is considered past due if not paid by the 28th. If payment is not received by the due date, a disconnect notice will appear on the next electric bill stating that if payment is not received by a certain date, your service will be subject to disconnection. If it is determined that a notice will be delivered to your premises prior to disconnection, the coop will assess a trip charge.
Facility Charge – This recurring monthly fee is charged to every member, regardless of the amount of energy used. It helps offset the cost of maintaining electric service at a location and covers maintenance of poles, wires, transformers, meters, right-of-way, administration, preparation and mailing of bills, and other expenses associated with providing electric service.
Energy Cost Adjustment (ECA) – This fluctuating adjustment reflects the amount Prairie Energy pays for power above or below the base cost established at the time of our last rate change.
Deposit – A required deposit is based upon the highest bill in previous 12-month history at the location for which service is requested. The deposit fee may be waived based on a credit report that we can run. Once Prairie Energy receives 12 consecutive on-time payments, your deposit will be applied as a credit to your account.
Budget Billing: Budget billing permits the member to spread total service costs evenly over 12 months. You can enroll any month, provided there is no unpaid balance. You MUST have received service from us for a period of 12 months as the monthly budget bill amount is determined by estimating 110% of electric usage and dividing by 12. Contact our office at 1-800-728-0013.
Trip Charge – If you fail to respond to a phone notification, a Prairie Energy employee will post a 24 Hour Notice of Disconnection on your premise. A $40 trip charge will be added to your delinquent amount.
Reconnect Fees – Reconnection fee for a service that has been disconnected for non-payment will be $75 (plus tax) if reconnection is made during regular office hours, which are 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Reconnection fees are required before reconnection. After regular hours, a $300 (plus tax) cash only reconnection fee will be charged.
Returned Checks – A $30 returned-check charge will be assessed for any checks that are not honored due to “insufficient funds.” If the cooperative receives two NSF checks within 6 months, the member is put on cash only status for 1 year.
Late Payment Charge – A 1.5% penalty will apply if payment is received after the due date printed on the bill.
Moving/Address Change – When moving, you are responsible for the electric usage until the Cooperative is contacted and arrangements have been made. Please provide us with address changes/forwarding address so we can send you the final bill. We ask that you keep a current address on file with us to assure that we may retire your patronage and mail capital credits to you in future years. Call our office at 800-728-0013.