What is an Access Charge?

What is an Access Charge?

The cost of providing access to the electrical grid and other expenses related to delivering electricity to our members is fixed, or does not change, regardless of how many kilowatt-hours (kWh) a member uses.

A portion of A&N Electric Cooperative’s (ANEC) proposed rate adjustment includes a modest increase in the monthly access charge. All utilities impose a flat monthly charge, as approved by the Virginia State Corporation Commission, designed to recover certain fixed expenses associated with making utility service available to your location.

Currently, the access charge for a residential service is $8. The new proposed access charge would be $14 each month.

The average access charge in Virginia is currently at about $21 for electric distribution cooperatives.

The access charge is a monthly investment that helps ANEC cover the expenses of operating and maintaining the electric distribution system. Staying ahead of cybersecurity threats and maintaining electrical distribution equipment and substations takes careful planning and requires substantial resources. The access charge keeps equipment up to date and operating properly. It allows the Cooperative to respond to issues around the clock, 365 days a year, and it ensures staff is trained to respond to issues and keep electricity flowing safely to your home or business.

Regardless of how much electricity a particular family uses, the cost of delivering power to that house is the same. As a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative, we believe the operational costs should be spread fairly and equitably across all of our members, regardless of the level of electricity use. This gives all our members an equal share in ANEC’s operation.

Your monthly investment ensures you have access to safe, reliable and affordable power when you need it. We’re committed to using that investment wisely for the benefit of all members of our community.

For more information about the Cooperative’s proposed Rate Adjustment with the Virginia State Corporation Commission log onto www.anec.com/content/rate-case.