What is the “Monthly Service Fee” on my bill and why do I have to pay it?

The charge covers our costs for connecting you to the electric grid. Some of the key values behind the concept of a co-op are openness and fairness. Everyone paying his/her fair share. The monthly service fee is your portion of the physical facilities. This includes the meter, service drop, transformer and a portion for the poles and wires connecting you to the nearest substation. Basically, your share of the minimum amount of equipment the cooperative must install to provide you with electricity access. This fee is on every monthly bill, regardless of electric usage.