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Customer charge to increase $2.00

Article was added on Friday, September 13, 2013

Santee Electric Co-op recently announced it will change the customer charge from $13 to $15. The change will apply to all customer rate classes with a $13 customer charge and will begin on October 1, 2013.

"To maintain the quality, reliability and stability of the services we provide, it is necessary for us to adjust our pricing structure," says Santee Electric Co-op, Manager of Community Relations, Adrel S. Langley. "While virtually all aspects of today's cost of living continue to rise, we pride ourselves on avoiding routine price adjustments. We believe that reliable electric service at a reasonable price is something that our members can count on and that we deliver on a daily basis."

Santee Electric Co-op cites several reasons for the change, the largest of which includes equally allocating the cost of power distribution. Santee Electric Co-op is able to minimize price changes by joining together with 18 other electric cooperatives through the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina to secure generating resources to fulfill customers' electric power supply needs. By joining with these other cooperatives, Santee Electric Co-op can gain economies of scale that otherwise may not be available.

While the customer charge is increasing by $2, the fuel adjustment factor is decreasing to offset this and make the increase revenue neutral, she said. A rate study in 2009 showed Santee Electric Co-op should have a customer charge of $33 in order to equally allocate the cost of distributing electricity to all members. Santee Electric Co-op officials realize $33 is too much of an increase and are doing all they can to keep this charge as low as possible.

"Maintaining dependable service at the most affordable price possible remains the cornerstone of our business. To accomplish the goal, we must also protect the integrity and financial stability of our organization," Langley says. 

Santee Electric Co-op was established in 1939. It serves 43,000 members in Florence, Clarendon, Williamsburg and Georgetown counties.


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