A Community Assistance Program
How does Operation Round Up® work?
"Small change that changes lives," is the foundation that ORU is built upon. ORU gathers voluntary contributions from LEC members enrolled in the program. These members have authorized the Cooperative to "round up" their monthly electric bill to the next higher dollar. For example, if the bill is $68.54, it is rounded up to $69.00 and the extra 46 cents is contributed to the ORU fund. All administrative costs are absorbed by the Cooperative.
How much can I expect to contribute each year?
The amount "rounded up" on each participating member's bill averages a total of $6 per year. The monthly billing statement shows how much is being donated to ORU each month, along with a year-end statement. The amount contributed to ORU is tax deductible as tax laws permit.
Who benefits from Operation Round Up®?
Low-income families, individuals and senior citizens who qualify for assistance through designated social service agencies can benefit from the program.
How are the Operation Round Up® funds distributed?
Winter heating assistance grants are paid by distributing ORU funds through LEC's in-house energy assistance program.
How do I sign up to donate to Operation Round Up®?
• Check the 'Please enroll me in Operation Roundup' box on your electric bill
Pay As You Go Program
LEC's Pay As You Go program offers significant benefits for many of our members. This program allows members to pay in advance of their use, rather than accumulate a debit balance that is billed after the end of the month.
To sign up for this service, your current LEC account must have a zero balance. You will also need to start with a minimum credit balance of $50.00 on your Pay As You Go account. Each day your account balance will be debited $1.10 for the system maintenance charge. Also debited daily is your charge for the kWh's used at $0.0755 per kWh from May through October and $0.0655 per kWh from November through April.
You will be notified any time your account balance is below $50.00. On the day your balance reaches zero, your service will be automatically disconnected if a payment has not been received by 10:00 am. To reconnect, you must pay the outstanding balance, plus a minimum of $30.00 for future energy use.
*Currently LEC does not perform disconnects on Fridays, weekends or holidays. From May 31 to September 1, we will also not perform disconnects on Thursdays. If your balance reaches a zero balance on one of those days, you will have until 10:00 am on the next scheduled disconnect day to make a payment and avoid disconnect.