Not everyone likes to wait a month before getting bills for their electricity. For many Duck River EMC members, it would be easier to make weekly or biweekly payments. Others might want to track their electricity use more closely in order to make decisions on how to conserve and budget. Some might need a way to avoid high security deposits.
For these co-op members, DREMC’s new PowerUP prepay program offers alternatives to traditional billing. While not for everyone, PowerUP allows individuals and households to “pay-as-they-go” for electricity.
“PowerUP is like putting gas in your car: You can purchase small amounts every couple of days, or you can fill up the tank and not worry about it for several weeks,” says Michael Millraney, manager of the Manchester District where the prepay pilot project started in December. Now the program is being fully deployed.
PowerUP is technology-based. Those who opt for pre-pay will have special meters installed that report how much power is used at regular intervals. Participants will be able to view their accounts in order to decide when to add to their pre-paid balance. Connection and disconnection will be handled remotely. PowerUP might not be available in certain cases where location and terrain might make the remote reports and signals difficult to transmit.
Standard membership and connection fees still apply to new members who choose to sign up for PowerUP accounts. An initial energy purchase of $50 is also required. If you are an existing member, any existing deposit in excess of $50 will be applied to the pre-paid service. A $5 fee will be charged per month due to special equipment and administrative charges specific to the program.
Payments can be made in co-op offices during work hours; by calling (931)684-4621 and using your debit or credit card; by logging onto www.dremc.com and clicking the “Pay My Bill” link or by using the DREMC mobile app.
For more information about PowerUP, call or visit your local co-op office or click here for a brochure.