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The Winter With No End

Ozark Border members have suffered through one of the most miserable winters in recent history. Average usage per residential account has been at a four year high since last October, with some of the months resulting in all-time high usages. Each month we have placed an article in the Rural Missouri (along with the graphic below) to explain the increased bills, only to update the article and graphic for the next month’s issue. There are two things the cooperative needs to point out regarding those bills: 1) the usage reflected on those bills were some of the highest average usage our residential consumers have seen in the past four years, and 2) Ozark Border has not had a rate increase since April, 2012. The increased bills were the result of the repeated bitter cold spells the area experienced from the end of November through early March, and were not the result of any rate increase. The graph below shows that the average usage for residential accounts over the past four months was higher in 2013/2014 than in any of the prior three years. The February, 2014 usage was the worst yet, and was reflected on the bills received in March, 2014. As of the time of this writing, the cold had continued into early March, which will affect the bills received in April. Again, we need to assure our members that the increased bills are due to increased usage, not increased rates.

As we have said in previous months, we are fortunate to be able to say the electrical system held up very well, with very few outages as a result of the cold. In addition, there were no shortages of available electricity, our power suppliers had adequate generation available to meet the increased needs. The system improvements which have been made in recent years, as well as your willingness to let us cut and trim trees in the right of ways, have made the electrical system much more reliable.

 

The Benefits of Levelized Billing

Every few months we promote our Levelized Billing program here in the Rural Missouri. The high electric usage of the past few months has resulted in very large bills for many of our members. This has been the very type of situation Levelized Billing is intended for. With Levelized Billing you can avoid the winter and summer highs in your bill by averaging your amount due each month. The amount is based on an average of the last twelve months’ usage and changes each month as your usage fluctuates, but you never have the settle up month you have with budget billing. Levelized Billing doesn’t reduce your overall electric expenses; it simply levels out your monthly electric bills, making the highest usage months more manageable. If you think Levelized Billing could be right for you please contact our Billing department at 785-4631 or 1-800-392-0567 (toll free). 

 

Rates

Schedule 1 & 61
Residential & Farm Service
Schedule 2 & 62
Commerical & Small Power
Schedule 31
Industrial & Large Power Service
Schedule 4
Irrigation Service
Schedule 40
Irrigation Service
Off Peak
Schedule 45
Irrigation Service
Off Peak

Schedule 5
Street & Security Lighting

Schedule 6 & 66
Public Services
Schedule 63
Industrial & Large Power Service
Schedule 1 & 61 Residential & Farm Service
DATE TO BE EFFECTIVE: April 1, 2012 bills
SCHEDULE APPLICABLE TO: RESIDENTIAL AND FARM SERVICE
AVAILABILITY
Available to all rural and urban residences and other farm services requiring not more than five hundred (500) kVA of transformer capacity. Single phase motors served under this schedule shall not exceed fifteen (15) horsepower soft start motors.
TYPE OF SERVICE
Single phase, or three phase where available, 60 Hertz, at available secondary voltages of 240 volts or less.
NET MONTHLY RATE
Availability Charge @ $22.00 (Single Phase)   (Rate 1)
@ $34.00 (Three Phase)   (Rate 61)
Plus: First 1,200 kWh @ 7.98¢/kWh
  Excess Summer kWh @ 7.48¢/kWh
  Excess Winter kWh @ 6.98¢/kWh
Summer usage shall apply to energy usage shown on the July 1 through December 1 bills. Winter usage shall apply to energy usage shown on the January 1 through June 1 bills.
MINIMUM CHARGES
The minimum monthly charge shall be $22.00 for single phase service and $34.00 for three phase service.
ADJUSTMENTS
  1. State, County or City Sales Tax - The above charges will be subject to Missouri State Sales Tax, County Sales Tax and City Sales Tax.
  2. Cost of Power Adjustment - In the event the rate under which the Cooperative purchases power at wholesale is adjusted above 5.55 cents per kilowatt hour sold, the foregoing charges may be increased by an amount sufficient to compensate for the change in the purchased power cost.
  3. Tax Adjustment - The above rate shall be subject to an increase or decrease in proportion to the amount of new taxes or increased taxes which the Cooperative may hereafter have to pay, which are levied or imposed, or increased, or decreased by laws or ordinances which are not in effect on and after the effective date of this rate schedule.
TERMS OF PAYMENT
The above rate is net. Bills are due and payable at the offices of the Cooperative. In the event the bill is not paid by the due date, the gross bill, which is ten percent (10%) higher, will apply. Should the bill not be paid prior to the last working day of the month, the service shall be subject to disconnection.

Ozark Border Electric Cooperative
PO Box 400 • Poplar Bluff, MO 63902
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