At the September 2021 meeting, the Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative Board of Directors authorized the return of $1,725,721 for its annual capital credit retirement. Capital Credits represent each member’s ownership or “equity” in the Cooperative. Patronage Capital, the sum of that “equity”, can be likened to the retained earnings of a for-profit or investor owned utility. Capital Credits are similar to the dividends paid to the for-profit entity’s stockholders. Each member of a not-for-profit electric cooperative has a capital credit account that tracks their ownership in the Cooperative. The patronage capital allocation factor per $100 of electricity usage for 2020 was $19.91.
The refund amount approved equals 50% of the Cooperative’s 2020 margins and will retire the patronage balances for members with services in 1994, 1995, 1996 and 2020.
Checks were mailed to CHEC members in November for amounts of $30.00 or more. Any amount less than $30.00 was issued as a credit to the member’s account. Capital Credits are one of the many benefits of being a cooperative member!
Cover photo by Jan Dawson of Buxton