Capital Credits

Harrison REMC is returning money to member-owners

Posted on Jul 30 2018 in Harrison REMC

The board of directors of Harrison REMC has approved paying capital credits in 2018 in the amount of $1.25 million for patronage allocated in the remainder of 1981, all of 1982 and a portion of 1983. The board is excited to return your investment in your electric cooperative with this capital credit retirement. As a member of Harrison REMC during these years, you helped provide the funding to build and maintain the electric system. As a not-for-profit cooperative, all funds not used to pay the wholesale power bill and operating expenses are invested in the facilities.

The capital credit check or bill credit you will receive reflects your portion of the margins (profit) made and invested during that time period. With this general retirement, $8 million has been returned to our members who participated in the cooperative’s business. Unlike investor-owned utilities that pay dividends to their stockholders who are often far removed from the service provided, cooperatives return their margins to the members who used the service and provided an important investment.

We believe this is just one of the cooperative differences that make serving you and our communities a pleasure.

Checks will be sent at the end of August, and bill credits will appear on September statements.

If you are not familiar with capital credits, the information shown below will provide a more detailed description of what they are, who is getting paid and how allocations are made. We will issue the return of capital credits in future issues of Electric Consumer. If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please call our office at 812-738-4115 or 812-951-2323 for further information.

notice of 2017 capital credit allocation

As a not-for-profit electric cooperative, Harrison REMC is obligated to allocate, by credits to a capital account, all amounts in excess of operating costs and expenses at the end of each fiscal year. This patronage capital is allocated to each and every member of the cooperative, based on the contribution of patronage (revenue) by each member for that particular year.

To determine your capital allotment as a member of Harrison REMC, first determine your electric bill amount for the year (your bill amounts, less tax and less miscellaneous charges), then multiply this amount by the following allocation factor — .08279.