This winter a growing number of our neighbors will not have the money to pay their utility bill. You can help by donating to the C.A.S.H. and H.E.L.P. programs.
The programs are a joint effort with the City of Columbia. However, all money donated by cooperative members goes to help other cooperative members.
C.A.S.H., which stands for Citizens Assisting Seniors & Disabled, specifically assists low-income elderly and low-income disabled members who have exhausted other resources. The Heat, Energy & Light Program, or H.E.L.P., provides aid to low-income families with children in one-time emergency situations.
You can make a one-time donation to either or both programs. Or signify a monthly donation. The amount will automatically be place on your monthly utility bill. All donations are tax deductible.
Members must qualify to receive the funds, which are administered through the Boone County Health Department. The C.A.S.H. and H.E.L.P. programs began in the early 1980s and have helped 7,000 member families.
The Cooperative members will see a small rate increase on their electric bills beginning with March usage and reflected on April electric bills. Members will see an average increase of 4.58 percent, based on the use of 1,000 kwh. In addition, the service availability charge for each meter on the system rises from $19.70 to $20 per month.
|Previous Rate Structure||New Rate Structure|
|Service Availability||$19.70||Service Availability||$20|
|First 600 kwh @||8.7¢/kwh||First 600 kwh @||9.1¢/kwh|
|Next 1,400 kwh @||7.7¢/kwh||Next 1,400 kwh @||8.2¢/kwh|
|Excess kwh @||7.0¢/kwh||Excess kwh @||7.6¢/kwh|
|Dual Fuel Home Heating||Dual Fuel Home Heating|
|Submetered Heating||5.3¢/kwh||Submetered Heating||5.4¢/kwh|
|Dusk-to-Dawn Lighting||Dusk-to-Dawn Lighting|
|100 watts HPS @||$7.10/month||100 watts HPS @||$7.35/month|
|400 watts HPS @||$14.75/month||400 watts HPS @||$15.12/month|
Increases in coal prices, additional environmental regulations and construction costs for future generation to meet demand are all factors in driving electricity rates. Fortunately, our power supplier, Associated Electric Cooperative Inc., has been proactive over the past several years, securing additional generation and updating power plants in anticipation of upcoming regulations. Thus, the rate increase is less than anticipated.
Introducing ExedeSM satellite internet, with a download speed of up to 12 megabytes and as many as 25 gigabytes of data allowance per month, up and down combined.
Service packages are as follows:
|Exede 12-10||Exede 12-15||Exede 12-25|
|Speed (up/down)||12/3 MB||12/3 MB||12/3 MB|
|Data Allowance||10 GB||15 GB||25 GB|
|Total Monthly Fee||$59.98||$84.98||$134.98|
|Set-up Fee||$149.99 + tax||$149.99 + tax||$149.99 + tax|
|(24-month contract applies)|
Additional capacity is available for $10/GB (available soon).
Upgrading to a new package requires a 24-month contract. Purchase an upgrade and receive one month of service for free.
Boone Electric Satellite Systems is excited to offer 10 GB in the Exede 12-10 package. National advertising shows that most retailers offer a smaller data allowance package.
In addition to the new packages, the name of the program has also changed. Exede takes the place of WildBlue, though you will continue to see the name WildBlue on some equipment for the time being.
Please call Boone Electric Satellite Systems at (573) 876-1266 with questions.
Saturday, April 13
8 a.m. - noon, while supplies last.
Bring your trucks and/or trailers for a load of free wood chips. Use the south entrance to the Cooperative on Rangeline Street and follow the signs.
Keep in mind that the wood chips may contain anything that grows wild in and around trees.