Reading your Bill
Your Mississippi County Electric bill should arrive at about the same time each month. The bill will clearly show your electric usage, measured in kilowatt-hours, as well as the total amount you owe. The Cooperative arrives at your usage by reading your electric meter once a month. If the meter reader cannot gain access to your meter or access is blocked, your usage will be estimated based on your usage a year ago. If you did not have usage a year ago, a revenue class average is used. If this is the case, your bill will have "ESTIMATED" in the box labeled Rate Schedule / Reference.
- Send Payment To
- Rate Class
- Meter Number
- Account Number
- Meter Reading Dates and Number of Service Days
- Meter Readings
- Kilowatt Hours Used
- Itemized Billing Charges and Credits
- Mailing Date
- Last Day to Pay
- Total Amount Due
- Office Stub Used to Record Your Payment
The "Availability" Charge
Mississippi County Electric Cooperative's availability charge represents your fixed monthly costs consisting of right-of-way, power line and other maintenance and operative costs, including property taxes and other expenses associated with service to a member's location. These costs occur regardless of the amount of energy purchased or sold. The Arkansas Public Service Commission generally requires that such "customer related costs" be identified and billed separately from the "energy-related" and "capacity costs".
Previously, "customer-related" costs were averaged in the kWh charge. During the 1970's energy shortage, utility companies were asked to restructure their consumer rates resulting in a change from "minimum bill" to "availability charge".
Without this fixed charge, the kWh rate would be higher for all energy and those using more kWh per month would be subsidizing those using less.
Availability charges among utilities may vary since there are different ideas on how to allocate fixed costs, but each has an availability or fixed charge.