The facility charge reflects the Co-op’s investment in equipment and services, interest, and depreciation, as well as system maintenance that needs to occur, no matter what your monthly usage is.
Effective in November, the term service charge on your electric bill from ECI REC has been replaced with the term FACILITY CHARGE. The change reflects the Cooperative’s desire to more clearly portray to customers what the various charges on their bills cover.
“This is not a new charge. The old bill format did not provide room to list each and every charge separately—the facility charge and energy charges were lumped together on one line,” explained CEO Steve Marlow.
What is now called the FACILITY CHARGE represents the fixed costs that do not change, regardless of whether you use electricity or how much you use. These costs include the meter equipment, customer accounting and billing, customer service and information, and some administrative costs. Additionally, the FACILITY CHARGE covers some of the costs of the poles, wires, and line transformer serving you. This charge is a flat rate per month on each member account.