Unclaimed Capital Credits
As a member of Harrison REMC, you help provide the funding to build and maintain the electric system. As a not-for-profit cooperative, all funds not used to pay the wholesale power bill and operating expenses are invested in the cooperative’s electric facilities.
Every year the board reviews the margins to see if the co-op can return capital credits to member. If so, a retirement will occur for the next designated years and certain members are given a capital credit check or bill credit that reflects the portion of the margins (profit) made and invested during that period.
Unlike investor-owned utilities that pay dividends to their stockholders who are often far removed from the service provided, cooperatives return their margins to the members who used the service and provided an important investment. We believe this is just one of the cooperative differences that make serving you and our communities a pleasure.
Allocated capital credits appear as an entry on the permanent financial records of the co-op and reflect your equity or ownership in Harrison REMC. When capital credits are retired, a check or bill credit is issued to you and your equity in the co-op is reduced.
The amount of capital credits you earn in a given year is based upon the amount of capital you contribute to the co-op through payment of your monthly bills. The more electric service you buy, the greater your capital credits account. The sum of your monthly bills for a year is multiplied by a percentage to determine your capital credits.
Capital credits are calculated by Harrison REMC for every member who purchased electricity during a year in which the utility had a profit. No special action is required to start a capital credits account. Your membership activates your capital credits account.
The percentage of your total payment that is allocated as capital credits varies from year to year, depending upon the amount of profits recognized on the REMC’s income statement. Capital credits are only allocated for a year in which the REMC had a profit. Since capital credits are a member’s share of the profits, no credits are allocated for a year without any profit.
No. Capital credits are calculated based upon a member’s monthly bills. If you are billed for service for even one month, you will accumulate some capital credits.
The traditional option is for an estate to be paid out on the same schedule as other members as part of normal retirements for a given year of service. Another option is for heirs of a deceased member to request the capital credits pay out early by choosing to receive a discounted present value amount. With all options, an authorized representative or family member for the estate must request the credits by submitting required documentation.
If desired, members or heirs can choose to have the refunds donated to a charity of their choice.
Not necessarily. When considering a retirement, the board analyzes the financial health of the cooperative to determine if a retirement or payment can occur.
They remain on the books in your name until they are retired. You should ensure that the REMC has your current mailing address.
Do we owe you money?
Most refunds are returned to the cooperative because we do not have a current mailing address or contact information for the former member. To see if you are on the list of unclaimed capital credits, simply enter your name and search our records for all unclaimed capital credits. If your name is on the list, complete the form and submit it to the Harrison REMC office. Someone will contact you to further discuss and verify the claim.
Please remember that as you move off Harrison REMC’s line, you should keep the business office informed of your current address.
To see if you are on the list of unclaimed capital credits, search by last name using the alphabetical listings below.