Frequently Asked Questions
Do I still need to report an outage?
Yes. Although we have state-of-the-art computer software and systems to tell us where the problem is, it doesn’t alert us to the fact that there is an outage. We still need your help. . .Call 320-693-3231 day or night.
What is a Fixed Charge?
Every member of Meeker Cooperative Light and Power Assn. receives a bill that includes a “Fixed Charge.” A Fixed Charge is a flat fee applied by electric cooperatives to help cover the cost of installation, maintenance and improvements to the meter(s), electric lines and other equipment that brings electricity to your home and/or business. This Fixed Charge is billed as long as you have service, whether or not you currently use electricity at that site (if you travel south for the winter, for example, or are building a home but not living there yet).
What is a Power Cost Adjustment?
Every year we do our best to determine at what point to set our rates to meet our estimated costs for electricity. However, changes in member usage or costs of wholesale power from our supplier might result in higher or lower costs to Meeker Cooperative Light and Power Assn.. A Power Cost Adjustment (PCA) is an adjustment in our retail rate schedules that allows the kilowatt hour cost to be raised or lowered slightly without having to request a completely new rate schedule. The PCA rate will fluctuate on your bill each month based on current cost of wholesale power as well as your varying energy usage.
What is Operation Round Up®?
Operation Round-Up is a program that allows members the option to “round up” their electric bill to the nearest dollar and have those extra cents deposited into a special account. The funds are distributed to worthwhile organizations and causes throughout our service territory that have applied for those funds. An independent volunteer Meeker Cooperative Light and Power Assn. Trust Board dispenses the funds to organizations that the trustees feel would most benefit the communities in which they operate. Employees of Meeker Cooperative Light and Power Assn. also participate, “rounding down” their paychecks to the nearest dollar. Although the average annual contribution per member or employee is less than $6, the participation is such that the Board of Trustees is able to distribute an average of $30,000 per year to area organizations. To participate, please contact us for more information or go to download forms to download guidelines and application form.