Is this a way for the Cooperative to collect more money?

No. In fact, the Board also approved a 0% rate increase for all rate classes for the coming year. As a not-for-profit Co-op, FEC’s goal is to collect their costs most equitably from our members. This rate structure change is revenue neutral – meaning the Co-op isn’t collecting any more money, we’re just slightly changing […]

What other tools are there to assist me?

You can find lots of useful information by logging into your My Co-op app on your mobile device or by logging into your Smart Hub account. Both of these have information on what your peak demand measurement was and when it occurred. In addition, we are currently developing an on-line tool that will calculate your […]

Where will I see my peak demand measurement?

Starting in June 2019, it will be noted in several places on your bill; in the Service Description portion, in the Energy Usage Information, and in the Current Service Detail.

What can I do to lower my demand (and my electric bill)?

This new rate design gives members one more way to control their costs by making small changes in household activities. During peak hours avoid using major appliances like your dishwasher, heating and air conditioning systems, or washer and dryer at the same time. Tips to consider: Spread out the use of major appliances rather than […]

Why is the Co-op implementing a demand charge?

As use of the electrical system increases and new technologies change the way residential utility customers consume energy, the way our wholesale power supplier, the Bonneville Power Administration, charges us has also changed. Flathead Electric Co-op now pays more for power during periods of time when our energy consumption is the highest. Providing and maintaining […]

So, could my bill could actually go down?

If you’re putting a lower electrical demand on the system, yes, because it costs FEC less to serve you, thus you should pay less than those with a higher demand. That’s what makes this rate structure fairer for Co-op members. With the addition of the demand charge and reduction of the energy charge, about one-third […]

How much is the demand charge going to be?

The residential demand charge will be $0.26 per kilowatt (kW). The highest demand you require in any one-hour time period (during FEC’s peak hours) in your monthly billing cycle will determine your charge. Residential Bill Example:  

When are the Peak hours?

Peak hours occur Monday through Friday from 7 to 10 a.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. There are no demand charges on weekends or major holidays including New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. (That means that the majority of the time there is no demand charge.)