Free electricity

Commerce, GA

#1 Aug 19, 2013

Clarkesville, GA

#2 Aug 19, 2013
BREMC could give us a better rate if they got rid of some of the worthless executive types and got some folks who know how to keep the juice on. The people who keep things going work for low pay and dumb asses fill the offices.


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#3 Aug 19, 2013
Can anyone tell me what the $14.69 Customer charge is for?

Why don't the surrounding EMC's have a Customer charge?

Clarkesville, GA

#4 Aug 19, 2013
There's no such thing as "free" electricity.

Jefferson, GA

#6 Aug 19, 2013
ACOG wrote:
Can anyone tell me what the $14.69 Customer charge is for?
Why don't the surrounding EMC's have a Customer charge?
My guess, it's a way for the power company to get around the state rate per KW regulators. But they say:

Understanding the BRMEMC Customer Charge
We are all fielding increased numbers of calls concerning the new way we are breaking out charges on customer bills.
an effort to keep everyone on the same page, I am including responses to some of the more com
monly asked billing
questions (see below)
, especially as they relate to customer charge issues.
Customer Q&A
Why am
I now paying this $
customer charge as p
art of my electric bill?
This seems to be one of the more regular questions
we hear from our members
The fact is that we have
factored into the customer bill
, but until late 2008 it was not being
shown on the bill as a sep
arate line
decided that in order to
increase transparency in the charges that make up the customer
and instead
of showing one grouped total, we
would begin
breaking out the individual charges.
What does the customer charge go tow
It's obviously not for my KWH usage, so what is it?
Customers often do not understand the purpose for a
that is separate from their KWH usage.
customer charge is
one way for us to recover the cost of building our electric infra
setting the meter, reading the
meter, billing the customer, and collecting the
each month.
Whether or not any electricity is used at all, the
customer must pay this charge, which makes sense since we have to incur these costs whether o
r not electricity flows to
The customer charge helps to keep the cost of building our infrastructure and operating our business fair
for all
Let's say
we only
recovered these costs with sales of KWH:
then those customers who never use a
would pay less of the overall cost to build and operate our
distribution system.
If this were the case,
round residents
(who obviously use more KWH each year than a one or two
a year seasonal residents)
have to
a gr
share of the
overall cost
to operate our business.
For the same reasons listed above, we also require each customer to purchase a minimum number of KWH each month
KWH), which can be seen in the bill example above.
The customer
y used 23 KWH for the month;
however the KWH (metered electric) charge was $17.41.
That is because the minimum
KWH purchase
charged to
this customer.
Again, this
helps BRMEMC continue to operate its business whether or not the customer is here and
electricity each month.
When I take my total bill and divide it by the number of KWH used, I come up with a per KWH charge.
number changes a lot.
Why does BRMEMC change its rates so often?
BRMEMC does not change its base rate that ofte
n, but what does change is the Fuel Cost Adjustment (FCA) that TVA
passes along to us.
In fact, the FCA changes
each month in response to TVA’s actual cost of purchased fuel used in
generating electricity.
TVA has statistical predictions for what their a
ctual cost of fuel used in generating power will be.
As prices for coal and natural gas rise and fall, so too does the FCA that is recovered by TVA. There are times when the
FCA is negative (paying customers back for over
collections), and there are time
s when customers must help make up
the difference in TVA’s planned versus actual fuel costs.
provides us with updated FCA numbers prior to
the start of
and we notify
our billing services
of the
Then as the new
the new FCA
is charged to our customers.
This fluctuation in the FCA is what causes our customer bills to change each month

Jefferson, GA

#7 Aug 19, 2013
the PSC has no control over BRMEMC. That is how they get away with charging you two 'minimal charges' to cover 'infrastructure maintenance'.

You are billed for 115 KW minimum, whether you use it or not. Then they add the 'customer charge' for the same reason.

If you don't like it, do business elsewhere.....oops, there is no elsewhere.

Murphy, NC

#8 Aug 20, 2013
Where's the free elec?
Squeezed for cash

Macedonia, OH

#9 Aug 20, 2013
I am wondering why my electric bill has gone up about 30% since BREMC installed a new digital meter on my house, When I questioned them about it , they said my old meter must have been faulty. Of course it could not be BREMC gouging the customers , or could it ?

Has anyone else had a similar problem ?

Dahlonega, GA

#10 Aug 20, 2013
Has anyone ever investigated the Emc's business practices?

Clarkesville, GA

#11 Aug 20, 2013
lucy wrote:
Has anyone ever investigated the Emc's business practices?
It's very simple. They never give anything back to the members and if you are to dumb to do a job they make you a boss. The stupider you are the higher your position.

Goodwater, AL

#12 Jun 21, 2014
yes I am not letting it go they are not being up front in my opinion calling the news tomorrow, Terry does not deserve free electric just because he is a board member, we all need to protest EMC actions

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