Do members have a voice to express their opinions in the current rate revision? How will members continue to have a voice in future rate revisions?

The cooperative’s Board of Directors is elected by members to represent their interests and that of the cooperative. The board works to see that SVEC operates conservatively and is efficient in its operations and management, making decisions after considering the best interests of all co-op members. The board thoroughly reviewed all aspects of the proposal, including the rationale to propose an increase in the basic consumer charge and the introduction of a small consumer demand charge. After careful consideration, and in accordance with the cooperative’s principles and bylaws, the Board of Directors approved filing the rate case with the SCC.

The cooperative’s proposed residential rate is meant to fairly recover costs in a way that reflects how those costs are incurred. A rate is the sum of its parts, and, in this case, the proposed change in the residential rate design will benefit lower-use members. Members who use more electricity will pay more, which promotes energy conservation for those members who want to reduce their expenses. These proposed changes in energy rates will enhance members’ ability to control their bills in ways that are more beneficial to themselves and all co-op members.

Members are welcome to call the cooperative or submit a written question to staff or the board via contact forms available on our Contact Board of Directors page.