Welcome to K.C. Electric
To provide our members with safe, reliable service at the lowest cost, while maintaining an environmentally responsible, accountable, and sustainable operation now and in the future.
K.C. Electric Association, Inc. is a rural electric cooperative organized in 1946 to bring power to the Eastern Colorado plains, including rural areas and towns of Kit Carson, Cheyenne and parts of Lincoln Counties. As a not-for-profit electric cooperative, K.C. Electric is owned by the members that it serves. K.C. Electric's headquarters is located at 422 3rd Ave. in Hugo, Colorado; its operations center is located at 281 Main St. in Stratton, Colorado. Outpost offices are located in Cheyenne Wells and Flagler, Colorado. Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Many K.C. Electric employees are customers as well. We know the importance of electricity in our homes, farms, and businesses. Our goal is to bring you quality, affordable and reliable electrical power. We are proud to serve you and we take our responsibility very seriously.
Below you will see the new rates passed by the K.C. Electric Board of Directors at its January 2016 board meeting. These rates represent a revenue neutral rate restructure as we adjust to the rate design change implemented by our power supplier. Our power supplier, Tri-State Generation and Transmission notified us late last year that they would be changing their rate design from an all energy rate to a demand-energy rate. K.C. Electric’s rate restructure will take effect on March 1, 2016.
Before setting the rates for the individual rate classes, your K.C. Electric Board of Directors conducted a cost of service study to determine if our members were being charged proportionately. The cost of service study was utilized to determine whether or not each rate class was paying its fair share and whether or not our member’s rates reflected what it costs K.C. Electric to provide reliable electric service. K.C. Electric currently has 10 rate classes and the cost of service study helped us determine if one or more rate classes were subsidizing other rate classes. Although a cost of service study determines if one class is subsidizing another class, it doesn’t take into account subsidy’s that may occur within a rate class.
K.C.’s restructured rate will be similar to our existing design for town residential, rural residential, non-domestic and small commercial. These classes will still be billed a monthly facility charge and an energy charge. Results from the cost of service study indicated that the rural residential facility charge needed to be increased slightly to cover the fixed cost to serve these consumers. Overall these four classes of customers will see a rate decrease.
The biggest change with our restructured rate will be for the large commercial, oil well pumping, large power, irrigation and wind classes. Consumers in these rate classes will need to pay special attention to their monthly peak demand. In any given month, if a consumer sets a high peak but doesn’t use very many kWh’s their bill may seem high. With a demand-energy rate design, a low load factor consumer may see an overall rate increase and a high load factor consumer may see an overall rate decrease. Large commercial, oil well pumping and large commercial consumers will now have a monthly facility charge, monthly demand charge and an energy charge. Overall these rate classes will experience a slight rate decrease.
Irrigation consumers will have an annual horsepower charge that will be on their April 1 bill. The horsepower charge will be calculated by taking the highest demand during the previous year and converting it to horsepower. For an irrigation service that hasn’t ran in the past year your horsepower charge will be determined by the most recent peak demand. Irrigation consumers will have a monthly demand charge along with an energy charge. Our cost of service study indicated that our irrigation consumers needed a rate increase to ensure they cover the expense it costs to serve them. Overall the irrigation rate class will see a 2.5% rate increase, but this will vary depending on individual usage patterns.
K.C. Electric’s wind class will also see a rate restructure which will include a monthly facility charge along with a monthly demand charge and energy charge. Our cost of service study indicated a rate increase was needed for the wind class to ensure they cover the expense it costs to serve them.
Street light consumers will continue to be charged a monthly fee but the cost of service study indicated that a slight increase was necessary to cover the expense it costs to serve them.
If you have any questions about the rate restructure please do not hesitate to contact our office at 800-700-3123
Upcoming Regular Board Meeting of K.C. Electric:
281 Main St., Stratton, Colorado
Financial Help Available With Your Electric Bill
Energy Outreach Colorado has committed $ 50,000 to K.C. Electric Association to help our residential members with past due balances make the transition from a traditional account to a prepay account. Some financial assistance is also available for existing prepay accounts that have a past due balance.
A K.C. Electric prepay account allows residential members to purchase energy before they use it. When making a payment, members put a positive balance on their account and as they use electricity the balance goes down. Prepay participants receive alerts when they have less than five days’ worth of electricity remaining. Members can choose to add money to their prepay balance anytime through a variety of payment methods.
A prepay account allows members to customize their payments to their lifestyle and budget. Some choose to make smaller more frequent payments, while others choose to put a large balance on their account. Either way, it allow members to be in control of how much energy they use and their costs.
If the account balance goes below zero, power is automatically disconnected. However, a member can have their power turned back on in minutes by making a payment anytime of the day. Payments can be made 24/7 online via a computer or a smart phone. Payments can also be made during normal business hours via phone or in person at either the Hugo or Stratton office. Members on prepay are not subject to disconnect fees, reconnect fees, late fees or collection fees. There are also no payment due dates or minimum payments associated with the program
For more information about prepay, click here, or contact the Hugo office at 1-800-700-3123.
Put a Face to the Name!
When you call the Hugo Office, you will probably speak to Jodi Withington, left, or Kristie Constance, right. Jodi is Cashier/Receptionist and Kristie is Data Supervisor. If you are interested in learning more about Pre-Pay Metering, speak with either of these employees for more information!
K.C. Electric General Managers
John E. Rose (1948-1974)
Ora F. "Bus" Ware (1974-1988)
James L. Zabukover (1988-2000)
John F. Huppert, Interim General Manager (2000-2001)
Jack D. Clinkscale (2001-2003)
John F. Huppert (2004-2010)
Timothy J. Power (2010-2014)
David W. Churchwell (2015-Present)