A $20 membership fee to have service connected is required for all consumers choosing to join Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative. The $20 membership fee is refunded when the member moves off the LMRE system.
Consumers must pay a $170 deposit* to receive electric service from the cooperative.
A $210 deposit* is required for consumers considered “all electric.”
* The deposit will be held by the cooperative for a period of two (2) years. After the two-year period, the entire deposit, plus 3 percent annual interest, will be refunded to the consumer, provided the consumer has maintained a good credit rating with the cooperative. A good credit rating shall mean that the member has not been delinquent in paying his bill more than once in the most recent 12-month period.
Meter Fees & Charges
A $35 Trip Charge will be assessed to the consumer for the following:
- Collection and/or disconnection trip.
- Customer requested meter test.
- Delinquent service reconnect during regular business hours
- Reconnect or disconnection of service for a consumer with multiple accounts at one location. ($35 trip charge plus $8 for each additional meter)
- Delivery of returned mail - only when it is the third time.
A $100 Trip Charge will be assessed to the consumer for service reconnection after regular work hours.
- Calls received between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. (normal weekdays)
- Calls between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. (weekends and holidays)
Meter Test (at consumer’s request)
- The consumer is required to pay $30 to pay the test fee before the test is done.
- If the meter is in error more than two percent then the Meter Test fee will be returned.
- The meter test fee will be waived if the meter had not been tested within the previous 10 years.
- Service fee, $18 plus bank charge.
- Trip charge, $35.
Unauthorized Electricity Use
- Estimated electric use plus damages and administrative costs.
- Minimum charge, $350.
Security Light Installation Charge
- No charge for pole and materials on existing pole.
- No charge for security light installed on an existing cooperative pole.
- Deliver and set each additional pole required, $100.
- If an additional pole is required, its location must be in a serviceable area. (i.e. within 20 feet of a drive)
- No light will be installed on a consumer’s pole for liability and safety reasons.
- The installation of security light equipment other than the 175 watt or 400 watt mercury vapor lights or 100 watt high-pressure sodium lights normally provided by the cooperative is subject to possible added installation charges to accommodate the difference in equipment and material cost.
Repair of Consumer’s Equipment on an Outage Call-Out
- Cost, $100 minimum.
- Materials used, charged at cost, plus 30 percent.
- Consumers will be informed during the initial call that if the problem is located on the consumer’s side, then they may receive a bill for the outage crew’s time.
- The availability and scheduling of a line crew to make repairs for a consumer is subject to the Operations Manager’s discretion.
Temporary Service-Annual Charge (A temporary service means temporary, i.e. less than 12 months. The member is required to have a permanent service installed within 12 months; otherwise this charge will be applied for the subsequent year.)
- For a cooperative supplied (at the discretion of the Operations Manager) temporary service entrance, $100.
- To hook up consumer’s temporary service entrance installed per cooperative's specifications, $85.
- The actual cost of the permit is assessed to the consumer
Cooperative-owned Street and Security Light Repair
- The cooperative will charge the cost of material plus 30 percent for any street or security light that has been determined to have been “shot” out or deliberately damaged.
- No charge for normal repair and/or replacement.
Automated Meter Reading Service
- Cost, $2 per month per meter.