Understanding Your Monthly Bill

Paper Bill with Explanations

Wholesale Power Cost Adjustment

Members sometimes ask, “What is the WholesalePower/Fuel Cost Adj. on my bill?” The Wholesale Power Cost Adjustment (WPCA) reflects increases or decreases in the cost of electricity Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative purchases from its wholesale power supplier for distribution to its members.

Our annual budget and rates are based on our best projections of what we expect to pay for electricity in the wholesale market and what our projected kilowatt-hour (kWh) sales are for the year.

The WPCA is subject to change during the year to adjust when projected power costs and actual power costs fluctuate. The wholesale power cost adjustment clause has been in effect in all of CCEC’s rates since the 1970s and is a common practice among cooperatives nationwide.

Summer and Non-Summer Rates

The energy charge on your bill in the summer (June through October) is 9.98¢ per kilowatt-hour (kWh). The winter rate November through May is 9.01¢ per kilowatt-hour (kWh). The change reflects prices the co-op pays for wholesale power.

Renewable & EE Mandate

This charge represents money CCEC is required to spend to meet mandates of the state’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS). Adopted in 2007, the mandate requires electric cooperatives in North Carolina to meet up to 10 percent of their energy sales through renewable energy resources or energy efficiency measures.


This charge appears on bills of CCEC who have generously agreed to let us round up their bill each month to the nearest dollar. Operation RoundUP supports charitable organizations in our communities and is run by a board of directors made up of co-op members just like you.OperationRoundup.png

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