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Like oil and gasoline, natural gas, electricity and propane prices increase/decrease year to year. Presently, natural gas is down while ectricity is up over last year. For more information please click here.
Enrollment deadlines vary depending on when an offer was made. Please www.igsenergy.com for current offers and deadlines.
Small space heaters typically have a 1500 watt heating element. That translates into 1.5kwh for every hour it is used or 1080 kwh/month if left on 24/7 or if the heater cannot keep up heating the area and never shuts off.
At $0.11/kwh, that is $118.80 additional to your bill. It is easy to see how one of these small space heaters can make a big impact on a member’s bill.
The Round Up Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit program that can cut through a lot of the red tape many organizations require. The Foundation has awarded over $290,000 since November of 2005 to more than 60 organizations. Awards are published in our Quarterly Newsletter and posted on our website. The Foundation's first award went to the Salvation Army Coats for Kids, which were short 100 winter coats that winter and again this winter.
Just $0.50 per month per Member on average can make a big difference in someone's life. This is our Member's program; not the cooperative's and we have over 40,000 Members who believe it is a worthwhile program. I hope you will give this time and see the real benefits to our community.
The Energy Cooperative will estimate the amount of your next 12 months of electric, natural gas and/or propane bills based on weather patterns, experience and your history of energy use. Starting with your September statement each year, we’ll divide this estimate into 12 equal payments and will bill you that amount each month. We’ll also review your account in March and possibly adjust your budget payments to remain in line with any unusual increases or decreases in usage and/or cost of the energy. With your August statement, The Energy Cooperative will settle any difference between your actual usage amounts and your budget payments.
If you have overpaid, we will apply a credit to your next bill. If you have underpaid, the difference will become due.
To begin receiving a paperless bill you must first have on-line account access. Once you receive access, you can then sign-up for paperless billing.
To sign up for paperless billing, follow these steps:
There a few ways to change your credit card information safely and securely. 1) Online by visiting our site and clicking on the download instructions on how to Change Your Automatic Pay Status or 2) by downloading the application form and faxing to 740-344-9550 or 3) By calling Member Services at 800-255-6815 during regular business hours.
Just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Member Services at 800-255-6815. To read more on Budget Billing, click here.
There is assistance for both new and replacement water heaters for our electric members. Please visit our site or call Member Services at 800-255-6815 ext. 1235
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The propane lock-in rate will be set sometime around June 15th. Please check the website after that date for the new rate for the following year.
Yes, we offer Average Payment Plan (APP). To read more on APP, visit the Budget Billing/APP page.
members who demonstrate they have completed home improvements suggested by our Energy Advisor.
Prior to an on-site visit by our Energy Advisor, you will be asked to complete a bill analysis worksheet. For more information or to request an appointment, please contact our member Service Department at 1-800-255-6815. Please call soon for an appointment as we have had a high volume of requests for this service.
Prices are listed at the bottom of this page.
Go to our Web site at theenergycoop.com and click on Pay/View my Bill at the top. Click on Pay Bill and log into your account. If you do not have one, please register your account.
The ice storm that hit our system in December 2004 was felt in all of our nineteen substation areas. Outages were caused when the storm brought down electrical lines - due to heavy ice loading - and by trees and branches falling into our lines. Overall, we have 264 miles of line that needs to be repaired and put back to the cooperative's standards. We also have over 200 miles of line that will need debris removed from our Right of Way (ROW).
Before the storm we had budgeted for one more ROW crew for 2005. This gave us five contract crews and one LRE crew to maintain ROW maintenance for over 2,800 miles of line - at a cost of just under $800,000. To help with clean up under FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Administration), we have brought in four additional crews at a cost of $980,000. We are doing everything we can to restore the system back to our standards as well as trimming LRE's Right of Way. Due to the amount of damage to our system, we anticipate it will take three years to put LRE back to our standards prior to the storm.
A cooperative is one of several ways people can do business in this country. The difference between a cooperative and a sole-proprietorship, partnership or corporation is that cooperatives do not offer the financial incentive of a return on investment. In other words cooperatives are not formed to make a profit, they are formed to serve a need. Since a cooperative operates to satisfy the needs of its members and not to generate a profit, cooperatives operate at the lowest cost possible.
The cooperative movement got started by President Franklin D. Roosevelt who created the Rural Electrification Administration (REA) in 1935. This provided funds for those who were willing to organize and extend electricity lines into rural areas. In 1936 the Rural Electrification Act authorized loans to farmers themselves to form electric cooperatives. Today millions of people have electric service as a result.
Cooperatives are owned by their members and run by their members. Members vote on a democratic basis on important issues that confront the cooperative. The members also democratically elect a board of directors which is responsible for the on-going decision making.
There are between 40,000 - 50,000 cooperatives in the USA, serving a variety of needs for a variety of people.
Prior to 1998 The Energy Cooperative provided only electric service. At that time they were known as Licking Rural Electrification, Inc. When National Gas and Oil Company was purchased in 1998 we became one of a handful of cooperatives to offer natural gas and propane service. We truly are an energy cooperative, not just an electric cooperative.
The Energy Cooperative is part of a national alliance of local, consumer-owned electric cooperatives providing high standards of service to customers large and small called Touchstone Energy. More than 600 Touchstone Energy cooperatives in 44 states are delivering energy and energy solutions to more than 17 million customers every day. Touchstone Energy cooperatives serve their members with integrity, accountability, innovation and a longstanding commitment to communities.
The Gas Cost Recovery (GCR) is a billing rate that reflects the actual costs associated with the purchase and transportation of natural gas for our natural gas Members. The GCR rate is billed per 100 cubic feet (ccf). The GCR rate is determined by natural gas prices and other related costs. Adjustments of the GCR rate represent changing costs and can move up or down in any particular month depending on market conditions. It is important to note that higher GCR adjustments are not rate increases. The Cooperative earns its margin through the distribution of gas, not through its purchase and resale
How is the GCR determined?
The GCR is typically adjusted by the Cooperative monthly and depends on three components:
1. Gas Cost - The price the Cooperative expects to pay for natural gas. When the GCR is adjusted on a monthly basis, the Cooperative will calculate to the best of its ability, the expected costs of natural gas for the following month. Gas costs include the cost of purchasing the gas. Like most gas providers, The Energy Cooperative purchases the majority of its gas from Texas and Louisiana.
2. Transmission Cost - The cost of gas transmission from the producing regions (in Texas and Louisiana) to the Cooperative's service territory (in central Ohio) through the interstate pipeline system. The Cooperative transports most of its gas supply through the pipeline systems of Texas Eastern Transmission, Tennessee Gas Pipeline, and Dominion Transmission. The Cooperative pays regulated rates for its right to utilize these transmission pipeline facilities.
3. Unrecovered Gas Cost - The difference between the gas cost that was recovered from the Members and what the Cooperative actually paid for the natural gas. This can also be used as an adjustment for the difference between estimated and actual consumption due to unpredictable weather changes.
Natural gas in its original state is odorless, we add an organic compound called mercaptan before the gas is delivered to your community. The compound has a distinctive smell like rotten eggs to alert you to the presence of natural gas escaping in or around your home.
The source of a gas odor could be inside your home from a leak in your house line or appliance connection. It could also be outside from leaks in a service or main line that could come into your home through foundation walls or drain lines.
For Your safety, it's important to know what to do if you smell this distinctive odor and to practice emergency plans. If you smell an odor of gas.
1. Leave the building immediately. Don't light matches, touch electrical switches or use the phone.
2. Call The Energy Cooperative (1-800-255-6815) from a nearby phone. Our employees are on call 24 hours a day to respond to emergencies.
3. Plan to meet our service person or provide access to your home to inspect your equipment and check for the source of the odor.
When the power goes out, a portable generator can make life a lot easier. But if used improperly, that generator can make life a lot more dangerous! Keep these tips in mind when using a portable generator:
Standby generators require special attention to safety
A flicker at first, perhaps another, then... darkness. It's a power outage. How long will it last? That's difficult to tell. The Energy Cooperative strives to get each and every outage repaired as quickly as possible, but sometimes, especially during heavy storms, repairs can take longer than we'd like.
As we head further into winter some members, especially those with all-electric homes or electric heating systems, may be pondering the purchase of a backup generator to keep their home's critical systems up and running during a power outage. If that is the case, here are a few bits of information to consider before you head off to the hardware store:
It is an absolute necessity that your generator, if it is connected directly to your home's wiring through the circuit breaker box, be equipped with a "double-throw" transfer switch. This is not just a good idea, or a suggestion -- it is the law. In order to protect linemen from possible injury or death from "back-feeding" power going out onto the electric system, your generator must be isolated with a double-throw switch. Contact a licensed electrician to install the switch.
If you use only a portable generator, in order to keep a bare minimum of items plugged directly into it, follow the manufacturer's recommendations for grounding the generator. From our experiences with consumers, we know that this advice is rarely followed, but it is extremely important! Static electricity, for example, can build up on the generator itself, and provide a nasty shock to a person who touches an under-grounded generator. Builders, re-modelers and do-it-yourselfers should heed this advice as well, when using portable generators under normal circumstances.
Your generator's capacity should be approximately 20 percent larger than the actual "running" load size you need. In other words, once you determine how many watts of power you need to provide backup power to your home, add 20 percent. This is to account for the extra power some electric motors, etc. require when starting up. If you don't size the generator properly, you could damage your home's electric system and any appliances with electric motors that have attempted to start.
Once you determine what you consider to be the essential items needed during an outage, consider having circuits for those items wired to a "sub-breaker" box so those items can be connected directly to the generator's output. However, keep in mind that you may overload the generator if you have a number of electric motors all trying to start at once. It may be best to keep all the breakers in the sub-breaker box off except for lighting, and heat. Breakers for refrigeration, water heater and other appliances can be turned on one at a time or on an as-needed basis once the generator is up and running.
Do not rely on a backup generator to protect your home from long outages if you are away for an extended period of time -- say, for example, if you are a "snowbird". If you leave your home during winter for longer than a normal vacation period of one to two weeks, you should seriously consider winterizing your home to ensure that it can withstand an extended outage. This means winterizing the plumbing system to avoid freezing damage and emptying refrigerators and freezers (or at least consolidating everything in one refrigerator/freezer).
Although we strive to keep your power on 24 hours a day, seven days a week, no electric utility can guarantee that will be the case. Most often, outages are repaired within a matter of a few hours. If, however, you choose to use a backup or standby generator to see you through these time, we ask you to please review these tips and any manufacturer's recommendations to ensure your safety, the safety of utility workers and to avoid unnecessary property loss or damage.
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The Wholesale Power Cost adjustment is an amount shown on the member’s bill each month that indicates increases and decreases in the cost of purchased power from Buckeye Power Cooperative. The Wholesale Power Cost Adjustment only recovers the power costs that are incurred by The Energy Cooperative for the power it buys. The power we purchase is generated by Buckeye Power Cooperative, which is owned by the 25 electric cooperatives in the State of Ohio and operated by American Electric Power.
The majority of the power The Energy Cooperative purchases is generated by coal. Coal prices have been increasing dramatically since 2003. Much of this increase is due to transportation costs associated with rising gasoline prices and railroad transportation. Environmental enhancements totaling $767 million in this decade alone have also increased the cost of electricity being generated by Buckeye Power Cooperative.
A portion of the generation is fired by natural gas and those costs have also increased tremendously. There have also been increases in the cost on moving the power from the power plant to the Cooperative’s substations (transmission wheeling.)
The new rates, effective May 1, 2007, include more of the cost of purchased power in the base rate; this will reduce the amount of the Wholesale Power Cost Adjustment. The base power cost has been increased by .9 cents and the Wholesale Power Cost Adjustment has been reduced by the same amount. This change will not increase overall cost member pays for power.
It really depends on the type of plants. Please see this page.
Remember to call 811 prior to all excavation on your property.
Our Code of Regulations is posted on our web site here. You can locate other information on your cooperative under About Us – We Are The Energy Cooperative.
Although we do not have off peak rates, using major appliance or reducing your electric usage between the hours of 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm will reduce your rates as well as all of our electric member’s rates by reducing demand charges. See Peak Alert.
Not at this time. Member Select is a pilot program offered by The Energy Cooperative to enable members the ability to fix their natural gas price for a certain time period.
Before starting any underground tank burial, please call Member Services at 800-255-6815 ext. 1235.
You do not have to use a specified contractor, but it must be installed to our specifications. A propane employee will need to be present during the installation to inspect.
You need to make sure your Backhoe/Track-hoe is of sufficient size to lift/swing and lower the tank which weighs 1,800 pounds.
Currently we only have 1,000 gallon tanks in-stock and you cannot bury a standard above ground tank. If another size is desired besides 1,000 gallon, we can special order.
The Wholesale Power Cost reflects the increases/decreases in The Energy Cooperative’s cost of electric power purchased from our generation and transmission provider, Buckeye Power Inc. in Columbus, Ohio and this cost may be adjusted monthly. The fluctuation in the Wholesale Power cost is largely caused by changes in fuel and demand charges for the generation of electricity.
For our electric members, the cooperative’s largest monthly expense goes toward purchasing Wholesale Power. The purchase of Wholesale Power is considered a commodity cost and makes up over 50 percent of our current rate structure. The Wholesale Power cost is a pass through cost to The Energy Cooperative’s members and is shown on our electric member’s bills each month.
that changing your thermostat setting even one degree can help you save energy and money
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