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The Board of Trustees and Management of Hill County Electric Cooperative have negotiated long term contracts with our power suppliers to help safeguard our members against the huge fluctuations in energy rates worldwide.  HCE purchases its wholesale power from Central Montana Electric Power Cooperative (CMEPC).  CMEPC purchases electricity generated by Western Area Power Administration (WAPA), Bonneville Power Administration and Basin Electric Power Cooperative.  As a member of an electric cooperative the rate you pay for electricity is based on the wholesale rate plus a small margin for operating expenses.  HCE is not looking to make a profit for investors, rather we are trying to provide our members the lowest possible rates with the highest quality customer service.

Rate Class 11-Rural Residential
Monthly Recurring Charge  $30 | Energy Charge $.05 kWh (/kWh) | Delivery Charge $.0525 kWh (/kWh)
HCE will read meters by the last day of the current month.  Bills will be calculated and mailed to the member by the first day of the following month.  Payment is due by the 15th day following the billing date.  All payments for electric services must be in U.S. funds.

Rate Class 15- Annual Residential
Annual Recurring Charge $360 | Energy Charge $.05 kWh (/kWh) | Delivery Charge $.0775 kWh (/kWh)
Annual accounts will be billed in advance for service.  The annual recurring charge will be billed immediately upon metering being made available to the member and prorated to the next billing date.  Billing for the annual recurring charge will be billed on or before May 1st of each year.  Meters will be read on an annual basis on or before October 31st.  Energy charge bills will be calculated based on the actual usage and mailed to the members by the first day of the following month.  Payment is due by the 15th day following the billing date.  All payments for service must be in U.S. funds.

Rate Class 31-  Irrigation Rate
Horsepower Charge  $15 per connect horsepower ($150.00/10 H.P. minimum) | Energy Charge  $.0925
Accounts will be billed twice a year for energy charges.  The fixed horsepower charge must be paid prior to the account being energized each year.  Meters will be read by HCE on or before June 30th and on or before October 31st each year.  Energy charge bills will be calculated on actual usage and mailed to the member by the first day of the month following each meter reading.  Payment is due by the 15th day following the billing date.  All payments for service must be in U.S. funds.

Rate Class 41- Small Commercial Rate
Monthly Recurring Charge  $50 | Energy Charge  $.0500 | Delivery Charge $.05
HCE will read meters by the last day of the current month.  Bills will be calculated and mailed by to the member by the first day of the following month.  Payment is due by the 10th day following the billing date.  All payments for service must be made in U.S. funds.

Rate Class 45- Large Commercial Rate
Demand Charge   $10 per kW | Energy Charge   $.05  |  Delivery Charge $.0325
Minimum Service Charge $2.50 per KVA of installed transformer capacity per month.  This charge will be billed if demand plus energy charge is less than the minimum.
HCE will read meters by the last day of the current month.  Bills will be calculated and mailed to the member by the first day of the following month.  Payment is due by the 15th day following the billing date.  All payments must be in U.S. funds.

Rate Class 52- Yard Light
Mercury Vapor  $10 per month  |  High Pressure Sodium  $8 per month  |  LED $8 per month
Where the member has a regularly metered account, the yard light charge will be added to their monthly billing.  If no other account exists in the member’s name, the account will be billed monthly.  All payments for service must be made in U.S. funds.

Other Rates and Fees

Name Change Fee $10
NSF Check Fee $20
Connect Fee $25
Service Limiter Adapter Fee $25
Disconnect for Non-Payment Fee $25
Reconnect for Non-Payment Fee $25
Collection Fee $40
Security Deposit (non-Electric Heat) $200
Security Deposit (Electric Heat) $450
Security Deposit (Other) The greater of the existing Security Deposit or $200 or two times the monthly average from the latest twelve month period rounded to the nearest ten dollar increment.

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