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When you sign up for electric service with Linn County REC, a credit check is done using “Online Utility Exchange”. This credit check is considered a soft hit and does not affect your credit rating. If your credit is not approved, a meter deposit equal to the highest bill in a 12 month period at the location for which service is requested will be charged. After your account is paid in full by the due date for six consecutive months, the meter deposit will be applied to your account as a credit.
A $50.00 reconnection fee is required when your service is disconnected for non-payment, and reconnection is made during regular office hours, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
A $75.00 reconnection fee is required for a reconnection after regular office hours. (If any part of the trip is after 4:30 p.m., the $75.00 after hour reconnection fee applies.)
If you request your service be disconnected and then reconnected within a 12 month period of time, a temporary disconnect fee of $50.00 will be applied to your electric energy bill.
Any amount owed after the due date (25th of the month) will be assessed a 1.5% billing late charge.
If our contract meter reader is not able to get a meter reading due to an inaccessible meter, Linn County REC must send an employee to the account to obtain the reading for billing, a $25.00 inaccessible meter charge is made. This charge will appear on your electric energy bill.
A $15.00 fee may be charged to your account for any returned payments.
The facility charge is the fee for the availability of service at your residence, much like the service of other utilities (phone, cable, natural gas, etc.). It includes part of the cost of items such as the lines, poles, meter and maintenance required to have service at your residence. This is a standard electric utility charge.
The energy adjustment charge (EAC) is used to account for monthly variations in the cost of power and appears as a line item on your monthly bill. The EAC became commonly used in the 1970’s when the cost of power was escalating rapidly. It is a positive or negative amount based on the cost of power charged to Linn County REC from CIPCO, its power supplier. Linn County REC has an EAC in place for all of its rates.
If the EAC is negative, your bill amount is reduced. If the EAC is positive, your bill increases. To calculate your EAC amount, multiply the EAC factor listed on your bill by the number of kilowatt hours you used for the month.
Some of the factors that may affect the EAC include: