Capital Credits

What Are Capital Credits?

Capital credits are the return of any margins generated exceeding expenses, allocated back to the membership.

A cooperative does not earn profits in the sense that other businesses do

Any margins (revenue remaining after all expenses have been paid) are returned to the members

Capital Credits are returned in proportion to their usage of the co-op’s services through Capital Credit allocations and retirements

Capital Credits represent each member’s share of the Cooperative’s margins and ownership of the co-op

How We Use Capital Credits

Every business needs to maintain a suitable balance between debt and equity to ensure financial health and stability.

Capital Credit Returns

Each year the Board of Directors determines whether the co-op’s financial position permits the return, or retirement, of Capital Credits and, if so, what amount of Capital Credits will be retired. The Board also decides the method for determining which Capital Credits are returned.

BCREMC retires Capital Credits using the First-in, First-out, or FIFO, method:

Capital Credits that have been invested in the Cooperative for the longest period of time are returned to members first.

How Capital Credits are Distributed

Capital Credits are allocated to each member of BCREMC every year.

Credits are distributed based on members’ economic participation with the Cooperative – how much they paid into the Cooperative for electric service. The Board of Directors determines the basis for the allocation. Checks are typically allocated and distributed at the end of the year if the board determines that BCREMC is financially sound.

Checks will be sent to the last known address for each member receiving service in the year being paid (retired). If you move, please always keep your address current with us.

What Happens If I Move?

The Board also decides the method for determining which Capital Credits are returned. A member who terminates service no longer receives additional Capital Credit allocations.

The balance in the member’s Capital Credit account is maintained until it is retired in full.

It is the former member’s responsibility to notify the co-op of any changes in address, so that they can be located when it is time for BCREMC to retire Capital Credits allocated to their former membership account.

Credits of Deceased Members

Capital Credits in the member’s account belong to the heirs.

In order to assist the member’s heirs in closing the member’s account, BCREMC offers a special Capital Credit retirement of the outstanding balance of the deceased member’s Capital Credit account, paid in full.