Capital credits represent your ownership in Brunswick Electric and are one of the most unique and rewarding benefits you enjoy as a member of an electric cooperative because it puts your money back where it belongs – with you.
Unlike investor-owned utilities that maximize profits to pay dividends to shareholders, not-for-profit electric cooperatives provide electric service to our members at the lowest possible cost without a profit motive. This business model allows for the return of margins (money left over after all operating expenses have been paid) to our members in the form of capital credits.
In order to be financially stable, a cooperative must show a margin between what it costs to operate the business and what it takes in as income. A cooperative builds equity through the accumulation of margins, which helps finance improvements to the system, such as underground power lines that are protected from hurricane damage, or our proactive maintenance program that keeps tree branches off overhead lines, which reduces the number of outages our members may experience. Each year, our Board of Directors evaluates BEMC’s financial stability to determine if it is viable to return margins for a specific period of time to the membership. When approved, margins are returned in the form of capital credit checks. Credit amounts are determined by the members’ kilowatt usage during the selected timeframe.
In 2017, BEMC had $8.2 million in capital credits available for refund to those who were members of the co-op in 1997 and 1998.
To ensure you receive notice of capital credits owed to you, please update your contact information by calling customer service at 800-842-5871, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also contact us online at bemc.org.