Rate Information

Douglas Electric Cooperative (DEC) provides rates that are among the lowest in the region. This is possible because of our ability to purchase low-cost hydropower from the Bonneville Power Administration via our participation in PNGC Power, an Oregon-based electric generation and transmission (G&T) cooperative owned by 15 Northwest electric distribution cooperative utilities with service territory in 7 western states (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Nevada, and Wyoming). In addition, we are a not-for-profit cooperative. We have a strong internal focus on controlling costs and operating efficiently to control costs for our members. The section below details each of the rate schedules that we use at DEC.

SCHEDULE 1 – RESIDENTIAL AND FARM LIGHTING AND POWER SERVICE

AVAILABILITY
Available to all residential and farm consumers, not exceeding 50 KVA of transformer capacity, subject to established rules and regulations.  The capacity of individual single-phase motors served under this schedule shall not exceed 10 HP.

TYPE OF SERVICE
Single or three phase 60 cycles, at available secondary voltage.

MONTHLY BASIC CHARGE
$25.00 per month for each meter

ENERGY CHARGES
All kWhs  8.77¢/kWh

MINIMUM CHARGE
The minimum monthly charge shall be the basic charge where 15 KVA or less of transformer capacity is required.  For consumers requiring more than 15 KVA of transformer capacity, the minimum monthly charge shall be increased by $1.50 for each additional KVA or fraction thereof.

Where it is necessary to extend or reinforce existing distribution facilities, the minimum monthly charge may be increased to assure adequate compensation for the added facilities.  Where the minimum charge is increased in accordance with the terms of this section, energy shall be included in accordance with the foregoing monthly rate schedule.

MINIMUM ANNUAL CHARGE FOR SEASONAL SERVICE
Consumers requiring service during a period not to exceed nine months per year shall guarantee a minimum annual payment of twelve times the minimum monthly charge determined in accordance with the foregoing section in which case there shall be no minimum monthly charge.

CONTINUITY OF SERVICE
The Seller shall use reasonable diligence to provide a constant and uninterrupted supply of electric power; but if such supply shall fail or be interrupted, or become defective through an act of God, the public enemy, or by accident, strikes, labor troubles, or by action of the elements, or inability to secure rights-of-way, or other permits needed, or for any other cause beyond the reasonable control of the Cooperative, the Cooperative shall not be liable therefore.

TERMS OF PAYMENT
Above rates are net and are due and payable upon receipt of statement.

Effective with the bills calculated after October 1, 2019.

SCHEDULE 2 – GENERAL SERVICE

AVAILABILITY
Service under this classification shall be available throughout the service area for all consumers not exceeding 500 KVA of rated transformer capacity.

TYPE OF SERVICE
To non-residential consumers, 60 cycle, alternating current at such phase and voltage as the Cooperative may have available.

MONTHLY BASIC CHARGE
Single Phase    $27.50 per month per meter
Multi-Phase     $40.00 per month per meter

ENERGY CHARGES
Single Phase:
First 100 KWH per KW of billing demand – 8.49¢ per KWH
Next 250 KWH per KW of billing demand – 8.20¢ per KWH
All additional KWH – 7.02¢ per KWH

Multi-Phase:
First 100 KWH per KW of billing demand – 8.49¢ per KWH
Next 250 KWH per KW of billing demand – 8.20¢ per KWH
All additional KWH – 7.02¢ per KWH

DEMAND CHARGE
No charge for the first 25 KW of demand
$9.00 per KW for all KW in excess of 25 KW

POWER FACTOR
The consumer agrees to maintain unity power factor as nearly practicable. The Cooperative reserves the right to measure such power factor at any time. Should such measurements indicate that the power factor during the billing period is less than 95%, the demand for billing purposes shall be the demand as indicated or recorded by the demand meter multiplied by 95% and divided by the percent power factor (reactive demand).

In the event the power factor for the billing is less than 60%, the demand for billing purposes shall be the reactive demand times 1.05.

MINIMUM CHARGE
The minimum monthly charge shall be the basic charge where 15 KVA or less of transformer capacity is required. For consumers requiring more than 15 KVA of transformer capacity, the minimum monthly charge shall be increased by $1.50 for each additional KVA or fraction thereof.

In any twelve-month period, when a request for disconnection and reconnection of service is made to avoid paying the monthly minimum charge, a reconnection fee totaling two months of minimum charges shall be required prior to the reconnection of the service.

CONTINUITY OF SERVICE
The Seller shall use reasonable diligence to provide a constant and uninterrupted supply of electric power; but if such supply shall fail or be interrupted, or become defective through an act of God, the public enemy, or by accident, strikes, labor troubles, or by action of the elements, or inability to secure rights-of-way, or other permits needed, or for any other cause beyond the reasonable control of the Cooperative, the Cooperative shall not be liable therefore.

TERMS OF PAYMENT
All billings are issued monthly. All bills are due and payable upon receipt of statement.

Effective with the bills calculated after October 1, 2019.

SCHEDULE 4 – IRRIGATION

AVAILABILITY
Available for power on a continuous basis for irrigation pumping from April to October, inclusive. Pumping service may be available during the balance of the year under rate Schedule 1 depending on the size and phase characteristic of pump motor.

TYPE OF SERVICE
Alternating current, 60 cycle, single phase and three-phase where available at standard secondary voltages. Maximum size of single-phase motor shall be 10 HP. Motors under 7.5 HP shall not be served by three-phase. Phase converters may be installed. Installations under 5 HP shall not be billed as irrigation service, but shall be billed on Schedule 1, Residential and Farm Lighting and Power Service.

ANNUAL CHARGE
Sixteen dollars and fifty-five cents ($16.55) per HP (Name Plate Rating) per season for pump motors up to and including 25 HP. Thirteen dollars and eighty cents ($13.80) per HP (Name Plate Rating) per season for pump motors over 25 HP.

MONTHLY BASIC CHARGE
Single Phase    $27.50 per month per meter
Multi-Phase     $40.00 per month per meter

ENERGY CHARGES
All KWH – 8.40¢ per KWH

MINIMUM ANNUAL CHARGE
The minimum annual charge shall be the horsepower charge and billed in three monthly installments in June, July and August.

DELIVERY POINT
Service is based upon the supply through a single metering point at one voltage and phase. If additional service is required by the same at other points of delivery or at a different voltage or phase, such service shall be metered and billed at another account.

POWER FACTOR
The consumer agrees to maintain unity power factor as nearly practicable. The Cooperative reserves the right to measure such power factor at any time. Should such measurements indicate that the power factor during the billing period is less than 95%, the demand for billing purposes shall be the demand as indicated or recorded by the demand meter multiplied by 95% and divided by the percent power factor (reactive demand).

In the event the power factor for billing is less than 60%, the demand for billing purposes shall be the reactive demand times 1.05.

CONTINUITY OF SERVICE
The Seller shall use reasonable diligence to provide a constant and uninterrupted supply of electric power; but if such supply shall fail or be interrupted, or become defective through an act of God, the public enemy, or by accident, strikes, labor troubles, or by action of the elements, or inability to secure rights-of-way, or other permits needed, or for any other cause beyond the reasonable control of the Cooperative, the Cooperative shall not be liable therefore.

TERMS OF PAYMENT
Irrigation accounts will be billed monthly. The above rates are net and are due and payable upon receipt of statement.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS
Irrigation services that have remained idle for a period of 5 years or more are subject to removal by the Cooperative.

Effective with the bills calculated after October 1, 2019.

SCHEDULE 5 – COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL

AVAILABILITY
Service under this classification shall be available throughout the service area for all consumers exceeding 500 KVA of rated transformer capacity.

TYPE OF SERVICE
To non-residential consumers, 60 cycle, alternating current at such phase and voltage as the Cooperative may have available.

MONTHLY BASIC CHARGE
$75.00 per month for each meter

ENERGY CHARGES
First 100 KWH per KW of billing demand – 7.00¢ per KWH
Next 275 KWH per KW of billing demand – 5.98¢ per KWH
All additional KWH – 5.54¢ per KWH

DEMAND CHARGE
$9.00 per KW for all KW of demand

POWER FACTOR
The consumer agrees to maintain unity power factor as nearly practicable. The Cooperative reserves the right to measure such power factor at any time. Should such measurements indicate that the power factor during the billing period is less than 95%, the demand for billing purposes shall be the demand as indicated or recorded by the demand meter multiplied by 95% and divided by the percent power factor.

In the event the power factor for the billing is less than 60%, the demand for billing purposes shall be the reactive demand times 1.05.

MINIMUM CHARGE
The minimum monthly charge under this rate shall be based on $2.20 for each KVA of installed transformer capacity or fraction thereof required.

Where it is necessary to extend or re-enforce existing distribution facilities, the minimum monthly charge may be increased to assure adequate compensation for the added facilities. Where the minimum charge is increased in accordance with the terms of this section, additional energy and demand shall be included in accordance with the foregoing rate schedule.

In any twelve month period, when request for disconnection and reconnection of service is made to avoid paying the monthly minimum charge, a reconnection fee totaling two months minimum charges shall be required prior to reconnection of the service.

TEMPORARY SERVICE
Temporary service shall be supplied in accordance with the foregoing rate except that the consumer shall pay in additional to the foregoing charges the total cost of connecting and disconnecting service less the value of materials returned to stock. A deposit, in advance, may be required of the full amount of the estimated bill for service, including the cost of connection and disconnection.

POINT OF METERING
Metering shall be done on the low voltage side of the transformer bank; and when transformers are furnished by the Cooperative, a loss factor shall be added to both demand and energy charges. If transformers are furnished by the consumer, a discount of ten percent (10%) shall apply to the demand and energy charges after loss factor has been added. The consumer shall provide the service wires required to take energy from the point of metering.

CONTINUITY OF SERVICE
The Seller shall use reasonable diligence to provide a constant and uninterrupted supply of electric power; but if such supply shall fail or be interrupted, or become defective through an act of God, the public enemy, or by accident, strikes, labor troubles, or by action of the elements, or inability to secure rights-of-way, or other permits needed, or for any other cause beyond the reasonable control of the Cooperative, the Cooperative shall not be liable therefore.

TERMS OF PAYMENT
All billings are issued monthly. All bills are due and payable upon receipt of statement.

Effective with the bills calculated after October 1, 2019.

SCHEDULE 6 – LARGE INDUSTRIAL

AVAILABILITY
Service under this classification shall be available throughout the service area for all consumers. To non-residential consumers whose entire electric service requirements are supplied and whose loads have registered 1,000 kW or more. Loads exceeding 2,000 kW will be subject to negotiated conditions prior to installation of service. A power contract may be entered into for such loads. Load size shall be the average of the two greatest non-zero monthly demands established during the twelve (12) month period which includes and ends with the current billing month.

TYPE OF SERVICE
To non-residential consumers, 60 cycle, alternating current at such phase and voltage as the Cooperative may have available.

ENERGY CHARGES
First 250 KWH per KW of billing demand – 7.2¢ per KWH
All additional KWH – 6.0¢ per KWH

DEMAND CHARGE
$8.00 per KW for all KW of demand

POWER FACTOR
The consumer agrees to maintain unity power factor as nearly practicable. The Cooperative reserves the right to measure such power factor at any time. Should such measurements indicate that the power factor during the billing period is less than 95%, the demand for billing purposes shall be the demand as indicated or recorded by the demand meter multiplied by 95% and divided by the percent power factor (reactive demand).

In the event the power factor for the billing is less than 60%, the demand for billing purposes shall be the reactive demand times 1.05.

MINIMUM MONTHLY CHARGE
The minimum monthly charge under this rate shall be based on $2.20 for each KVA of installed transformer capacity or fraction thereof required.

Where it is necessary to extend or re-enforce existing distribution facilities, the minimum monthly charge may be increased to assure adequate compensation for the added facilities. Where the minimum charge is increased in accordance with the terms of this section, additional energy and demand shall be included in accordance with the foregoing rate schedule.

In any twelve-month period, when request for disconnection and reconnection of service is made to avoid paying the monthly minimum charge, a reconnection fee totaling two months minimum charges shall be required prior to reconnection of the service.

TEMPORARY SERVICE
Temporary service shall be supplied in accordance with the foregoing rate except that the consumer shall pay in additional to the foregoing charges the total cost of connecting and disconnecting service less the value of materials returned to stock. A deposit, in advance, may be required of the full amount of the estimated bill for service, including the cost of connection and disconnection.

POINT OF METERING
Metering shall be done on the low voltage side of the transformer bank; and when transformers are furnished by the Cooperative, a loss factor shall be added to both demand and energy charges. If transformers are furnished by the consumer, a discount of ten percent (10%) shall apply to the demand and energy charges after loss factor has been added. The consumer shall provide the service wires required to take energy from the point of metering.

CONTINUITY OF SERVICE
The Seller shall use reasonable diligence to provide a constant and uninterrupted supply of electric power; but if such supply shall fail or be interrupted, or become defective through an act of God, the public enemy, or by accident, strikes, labor troubles, or by action of the elements, or inability to secure rights-of-way, or other permits needed, or for any other cause beyond the reasonable control of the Cooperative, the Cooperative shall not be liable therefore.

TERMS OF PAYMENT
All billings are issued monthly. All bills are due and payable upon receipt of statement.

Effective with the bills calculated after October 1, 2019.

SCHEDULE 7 – STREET AND HIGHWAY LIGHTING SERVICE

AVAILABILITY
Applicable to outdoor service for street lighting, highway lighting, roadway, and park lighting.

CHARACTER OF SERVICE
Alternating current, either series or multiple system, or in combination, at option of the Cooperative.

RATE
Basic Charge: $18.00 (No KWH’s included in basic charge)
Energy Charge: All KWH per month @ 6.50¢ per KWH

INVESTMENT CHARGE
For towns and villages (when the Cooperative purchases and installs the equipment), an annual investment charge of 10% shall be made on the capital plant in service. This charge will be recomputed on January 1 of each year and one-twelfth of the total so computed will be billed to the consumer monthly.

METHOD OF DETERMINING THE COOPERATIVE’S INVESTMENT
The investment in equipment used as a basis for the investment charge contained in this schedule shall be the cost of equipment installed solely for street lighting purposes, such as lamps, fixtures, brackets, mast arms, conductors, poles, posts, standards, control equipment, switches, transformers, etc.

LAMP RENEWALS
The Cooperative shall keep a record of the number and type of lamp replacements and consumer shall be billed monthly for the replacements during the month.

METERING
All energy consumed under this schedule shall be metered excepting installations where, in the opinion of the Cooperative, metering would be impracticable.

When the energy is metered the billing shall include the energy delivered to and consumed in all circuits and equipment used exclusively for street lighting purposes. If more than one meter is used, the reading shall be consolidated for billing purposes.

TERMS OF PAYMENT
The above rates are net, and are due and payable upon receipt.

Effective with the bills calculated after October 1, 2019.

SCHEDULE 9 – SECURITY AND OUTDOOR LIGHTING SERVICE

AVAILABILITY
Available to consumers for dusk to dawn outdoor lighting where service is available under existing line extension policies.

TYPE OF SERVICE
Sixty-cycle, alternating current of such phase and voltage as may be available.

MONTHLY RATE
100 watt, high pressure sodium $9.00
150 watt, high pressure sodium $10.00
200 watt, high pressure sodium $11.00
250 watt high pressure sodium $15.00
400 watt high pressure sodium $17.00

CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
The distributor will furnish, install, operate, and maintain the complete lighting installation, including wood pole, at a mutually agreeable location. The maintenance, including replacement, will be done on request, during the normal work week, and at no additional charge to the consumer.

The complete lighting installation shall remain the property of the distributor. The consumer will protect the lighting equipment from deliberate damage and must allow the distributor free access to his property to maintain and inspect the equipment at any time.

MINIMUM MONTHLY CHARGE
The minimum monthly charge under this rate schedule will be the monthly charge for the installation. The monthly charge is based on year around usage, and should disconnects be requested for portions of the year, a connect fee shall be required before reconnection will be made.

TERMS OF PAYMENT
The above rates are net, and are due and payable on receipt.

RULES AND REGULATIONS
Service under this rate is subject to the rules and regulations of the Cooperative.

Effective with bills calculated after October 1, 2019.

SCHEDULE 12 – NET METERING SERVICE

AVAILABILITY
This service is available on a first-come, first-served basis to any Customer that owns and operates a solar, wind, fuel cell, or hydroelectric generating facility with a capacity of not more than twenty-five (25) kilowatts that is located on the Customer’s premises, is interconnected and operates in parallel with the Cooperative’s existing transmission and distribution system facilities, and is intended primarily to offset part or all of the Customer’s own electrical requirements. This provision shall be available until the time that the total rated generating capacity used by the eligible customer-generators equals 167 kilowatts. This schedule is offered in compliance with ORS 757.262, as amended by HB 3219, July, 1999.

DEFINITIONS
Net Metering: “Net metering” is the measurement of the difference between the electricity supplied to an eligible Customer by the Cooperative and the electricity (1) generated by an eligible Customer’s net metering facility and (2) fed back to the Cooperative over the applicable billing period.

Avoided Cost: “Avoided cost” is the cost for wholesale electric power purchased by the Cooperative. This cost is typically based on separate capacity charges and energy charges. These charges vary over time (e.g., daytime vs. nighttime, summer season vs. winter season) in order to reflect differing wholesale market conditions. Excess energy generated by facilities can offset or displace a portion of these wholesale electric power purchases. Consequently, the value of excess energy from a facility is the calculated cost of equivalent wholesale electric power purchases that were offset or displaced (i.e., avoided).

MONTHLY BILLING
The Monthly Customer Charge shall be computed in accordance with the applicable standard rate schedule.

Special Conditions:

    1. In a given billing cycle, if the energy supplied to the Cooperative is less than the energy purchased from the Cooperative, the customer shall be billed for the appropriate monthly basic charge and the prices specified in the Energy Charges section of Residential Rate Schedule 1 shall be applied to the positive balance owed to the Cooperative.
    2. In a given billing cycle, if the energy supplied to the Cooperative is greater than the energy consumed from the Cooperative, the Customer shall be billed for the appropriate monthly basic charge and shall be credited for such net energy at the prices specified in the Energy Charges section of Residential Rate Schedule 1.
    3. At the annual true-up, at the end of the customer’s April billing cycle, any remaining unused credit from any excess generation shall be valued at the avoided cost, and at the customer-generator’s election, be returned to the customer-generator or granted to the Cooperative’s low-income energy assistance program.
    4. The customer-generator is responsible for all costs associated with its facility and is also responsible for costs related to any modifications to the facility that may be required by the Cooperative for purposes of safety, reliability, and reading meters except the cost of the actual meter(s). The customer-generator is not allowed to supply their own meter(s).
    5. Net Metering facility installations shall comply with the applicable standards established by the National Electric Code, the National Electric Safety Code, and shall meet all applicable safety and performance standards established in the Oregon State Building Code.
    6. Cooperative approved switching equipment capable of isolating the net metering facility for the Cooperative’s system shall be provided by the customer-generator and shall be accessible to the Cooperative at all times and secured by a Cooperative owned padlock. The Cooperative shall also have the right, with or without notice, to (1) inspect the net-metering facility annually and (2) disconnect the net-metering facility from the cooperative’s system if there is a valid concern about system reliability or system performance. The Cooperative’s inspection fee is $35 per inspection. Once operational, the Cooperative’s and OR-OSHA’s Lockout, Tag-out procedures must be followed.
    7. The Cooperative shall also have the right to adopt future IEEE standards or other future standards that the Cooperative deems necessary to ensure system reliability and performance and maintain safety.
    8. The Cooperative shall not be liable directly or indirectly for permitting or continuing to allow an attachment of a net metering facility, or for the acts or omissions of the customer-generator that cause loss or injury, including death, to any third party.
    9. Customers are required to sign a net metering agreement before receiving net-metering service.
    10. Any electric energy generated by the net metering facility that is surplus to the simultaneous electrical usage of the Customer is termed “excess energy”. This electric energy then flows into the Cooperative’s system and displaces wholesale electric power purchases. The Cooperative acquires ownership of the excess energy and all renewable attributes associated with it, including Renewable Energy Credits or RECs.

CONTINUING SERVICE
This Schedule is based on continuing service at each service location. Disconnect and reconnect transactions shall not operate to relieve a Customer from monthly minimum charges.

RULES AND REGULATONS
Service under this Schedule is subject to the rules and policies of Douglas Electric Cooperative.

SCHEDULE 15 – GREEN POWER PRODUCT

AVAILABILITY
Service under this classification shall be available for all customers or non-customers upon request.

TYPE OF SERVICE
On a voluntary basis, customers or non-customers may support the continuing operations of the Coffin Butte Landfill Methane Resource Project and promote expansion of this type of alternative energy source. At the customer or non-customer’s request, the Cooperative will direct an additional dollar amount on their electric bill to help fund the production of Green Power from the Coffin Butte Landfill Methane Resource Project.

MONTHLY SUPPORT CHARGES
$2.00 per 100 kWhs in 100 kWh block increments
Minimum: 100 kWhs
Maximum: Unlimited

TERMS OF PAYMENT
All billings are issued monthly. All bills are due and payable upon receipt of statement.

Effective with the bills calculated after March 1, 1998.

SCHEDULE 16 – ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS

AVAILABILITY
Service under this classification shall be available throughout the service area for electric vehicle charging stations not exceeding 500 KVA of rated transformer capacity.

TYPE OF SERVICE
60 cycle, alternating current at such phase and voltage as the Cooperative may have available.

MONTHLY BASIC CHARGE
$50.00 per month per meter

ENERGY CHARGES
Heavy Load Hours 6.60¢/kWh 6:00AM to 10:00PM Monday - Saturday
Light Load Hours 5.60¢/kWh All other hours

DEMAND CHARGE
$8.00 per KW for all KW

MINIMUM CHARGE
The minimum monthly charge shall be the basic charge where 75 KVA or less of transformer capacity is required. For charging stations requiring more than 75 KVA of transformer capacity, the minimum monthly charge shall be increased by $1.50 for each additional KVA above 75 KVA or fraction thereof.

In any twelve-month period, when a request for disconnection and reconnection of service is made to avoid paying the monthly minimum charge, a reconnection fee totaling two months of minimum charges shall be required prior to the reconnection of the service.

CONTINUITY OF SERVICE
The Cooperative shall use reasonable diligence to provide a constant and uninterrupted supply of electric power; but if such supply shall fail or be interrupted, or become defective through an act of God, the public enemy, or by accident, strikes, labor troubles, or by action of the elements, or inability to secure rights-of-way, or other permits needed, or for any other cause beyond the reasonable control of the Cooperative, the Cooperative shall not be liable therefore.

TERMS OF PAYMENT
All billings are issued monthly. All bills are due and payable upon receipt of statement.

Effective with the bills calculated after October 1, 2019.