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NAEC returning $3 million in capital credits North Arkansas Electric Cooperative will return $3,071,752 in capital credits to members in December. This will mark the second-largest capital credits retirement in NAEC’s history and bring the total returned to members to more than $39 million since the co-op’s founding in 1939.
Will I receive a refund?
What are capital credits?
How are refunds given?
NAEC is owned by the members we serve. At the end of each year, the co-op subtracts operating expenses from the amount of money earned through rates. The remaining balance is called margins. The margins left over at the end of the year are allocated, or assigned, to each member’s account based on the member’s electric usage. In the spring, each member receives a capital credit certificate detailing how much of the previous year’s margins was allocated to their account. The capital is then retained by the co-op to use as operating capital for a period of time and then returned as financial conditions permit.
How does NAEC decide how much to return?
Each year the NAEC Board of Directors evaluates the overall financial condition of the co-op and decides the amount of capital, if any, to refund.
This year’s retirement represents 57.49 percent of the margins assigned for 1997 and 3.56 percent of the margins assigned for 2018. Only members who purchased electricity during the years above will receive a refund in 2019. Refunds will be distributed after Dec. 1. Members with a refund of less than $50 will receive a credit on their December statement. Members with a refund of $50 or more will receive a check in the mail. Non-active members with a refund of more than $2 will receive a check as well.
How do I get more information on my capital credits?
Please call NAEC at 870-895-3221; email email@example.com; or visit our Salem, Mountain Home or Ash Flat office. We are open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. As a not-for-profit cooperative, NAEC abides by the seven cooperative principles, one of which is members’ economic participation. Refunding capital credits truly exemplifies this principle.
Principle 3 Members’ Economic Participation Please note: This is a sample statement to show where a capital credit refund of less than $50 will appear. Refund amounts vary. 22
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North Arkansas Electric Cooperative operates as a not-for-profit cooperative. That means you are not a customer. You are a member. You are an owner. Any margins we make are assigned to you and our other members based on the amount of electricity each used. Every spring, you receive a capital credits certificate that states your portion of the previous year’s margins that were assigned to your account. Every fall, the NAEC board evaluates the co-op’s overall financial condition and decides the amount of capital we can refund. In NAEC’s 80-year history, more than $39 million has been refunded to our members. This year’s refund of $3 million is the second largest in NAEC history and marks the 32nd consecutive year that NAEC has refunded margins. Capital credits are one of the differences that sets electric cooperatives apart from other utility business models. We are proud of our financial accomplishments and are delighted to give money back to you, our member. NAEC’s directors, employees and I hope you and your family have a merry Christmas! — Mel Coleman
If you would like to help award scholarships to recent high school graduates, then please consider joining NAEC’s Operation Round Up® program. Members who join Operation Round Up agree to have their electric bill “rounded up” to the next even dollar amount each month. You can enroll by visiting an NAEC office, calling 870-895-3221 or completing the form at www.naeci.com/ operation-round-up. Some members support Operation Round Up by donating their capital credits refund. If you would like to donate your refund, then please endorse your check and mail it back to NAEC. All donations to Operation Round Up are greatly appreciated and tax deductible.
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North Arkansas Electric Cooperative’s offices will be closed Dec. 24-25 as well as Jan. 1. Crews will be ready to respond in the event of an outage. Please report by calling 870-895-3221 or using the NAEC app.
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