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Capital Credit FAQs

How are capital credits calculated?
The amount of capital credits you earn in a given year is based on the amount of capital you contribute to the Cooperative through payment of your monthly electric bills and the amount of operating margins realized by the Cooperative.  Basically, the more electricity you use, the greater your ownership in SVE, and the larger your capital credits al­location will be.

Is every member’s distribution the same?
No, each member’s distribution varies based on the dollar amount of electricity a member purchased.

Do I have to be a member for an entire year to earn capital credits?
Capital credits are calculated based on the amount you are billed for electricity. If you are billed for service for even one month, you will accumulate some capital credits if SVE earned margins during the year.

What do I have to do to start accumulating capital credits?
Your membership in SVE automatically activates your capital credits account. SVE allocates and retires capital credits for you and provides you with notice of these processes.
 
How often will I receive an allocation notice?
You should receive an allocation notice annually after the finances for the previous year have been audited and the Cooperative’s books have been closed.

What’s the difference between allocated and retired capital credits?
Allocated capital credits appear as an entry on the permanent financial records of the Cooperative and reflect your ownership in SVE. When capital credits are retired, a check or bill credit is issued to you, and your ownership in the Cooperative is reduced. After reviewing the Cooperative’s finances, the Board of Directors determines the method, basis, priority, and timing of all capital credits retirements.
 
Can I receive my cumulative capital credits allocation now?
Cumulative capital credits allocations are simply a record of your ownership in the Cooperative. Because the capital is not held in an account and is reinvested to support operating activities, the entire balance cannot be retired to you at once.
 
Can I use the capital credits that have been allocated to me to pay my electric bill?
Because capital credits have no cash value until the Board of Directors calls for the retirement of a previous year’s allocated capital credits, they can’t be used to pay your current bill. Your electric bill is due now, but you may not be entitled to receive your capital credits for many years.
 
What happens to my capital credits when I leave the Co-op?
Your capital credits remain on the books in your name and account number until they are retired.  Because payments are made years after capital credits have been allocated, you should be sure that we always have your current mailing address. We may retire capital credits, outside the normal schedule for retirements, when the Co-op receives proper notification that a member or former member is deceased.  Contact a customer service representative at 1-800-234-1960 to update your address.
 
When will my capital credits be retired?
When determined by the Board of Directors, capital credits will be retired to the following groups:

  1. The estates of deceased members.
  2. The oldest outstanding year(s) that have not yet been retired.
  3. The most recent year(s) that have been allocated.

I am no longer with the Co‐op and accumulated capital credits. My distribution is less than $10. What happens to my capital credits?
In order to limit the administrative costs related to distributing capital credits, SVE does not automatically send checks to former members with a capital credits distribution of less than $10. Those credits will remain on SVE’s books as unissued capital credits. Former members with additional allocations will receive a capital credits check once the allocation increases the distribution total to $10 or greater.

What will happen to my capital credits if I pass away before they are eligible for distribution?
When SVE receives proper documentation to settle the estate of a current or former member who has passed away, the Co‐op will distribute capital credits in accordance with our Capital Credits Policy. SVE discounts the value of these credits using the present value of each year’s distribution compared to the expected payout of 23 years from when the capital credits were accumulated. 
 
My capital credits distribution is larger than my December bill. Do I still get those credits?
Yes, if your capital credits distribution bill credit is larger than the total of your December bill, any remaining credits will roll over onto your January bill.

Can I receive my distribution as a check instead of a bill credit?
No, all current members are receiving their distributions as bill credits. SVE is committed to pursuing the most cost-effective business practices. The Cooperative saves a considerable amount of money by distributing capital credits as bill credits as opposed to the expense of printing and mailing checks to more than 20,000 current members. 

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