All-time total returned will be nearly $80 million
Flint Energies is distributing $4.99 million in September to Consumer-members who received electric service during a portion of 2002. More than 32,000 current and former Flint Energies Members will receive their share of the margin refunds, also known as capital credits.
Nearly 23,000 current Members of the Cooperative will receive a credit on their September bills; that’s approximately 30% of Flint’s current membership. Bill credits save Flint Members and their cooperative tens of thousands of dollars in check printing and postage costs, which can go toward future refunds.
More than 9,240 former Flint Members will receive their checks after September 15. If the check would be written for less than $5, the credit will carry over to the next refund.
If someone receives electric service from a cooperative like Flint Energies, he/she owns the company along with everyone else that receives service. Rather than earning profits from monthly payments, after paying off debts and establishing a reserve for unexpected events, Flint returns the excess revenue to its Members. These funds are called capital credits. Each year, the Flint Energies Board of Directors determines what portion of capital credits can be retired or returned to the membership. Capital credits are only returned if it is financially prudent to do so.
Each Member is assigned capital credits based on the electricity purchased during the year. This invested amount represents the value of a Member’s ownership in the Cooperative. Flint Energies uses the “first in, first out” (FIFO) method of retiring capital credits, refunding to Members whose capital has been invested for the longest time in the Cooperative.
"Flint Energies operates at cost; therefore, excess revenue is returned to the Member, unlike with investor-owned utilities. Our primary focus is service, not profits,” says Marian McLemore, Vice President of Cooperative Communications. “Including this year’s refund, Flint Energies will have refunded nearly $80 million in capital credits from our beginning in 1937 through 2001 to our Members."
Refund Amount: $4.99 million
Time frame: September 2023
Years Refunded in Current Disbursement: A portion of the remainder of 2002 (75%)
Issued By: Bill credit for active Consumer-members (22,970)
All refunds ($5+) to inactive members (9,246) will be issued by check.
All-Time Total Refunded: $79 million