I’m a senior living in Page County, Va. for only three-plus years. Perhaps I have too much time on my hands.
The WHSV article published April 21, 2022 stated that the average increase (KW hour rate going from $113 to $121) would be a 6.5-percent increase. That’s 7 percent by my calculation, but I digress. I have been monitoring my bills from SVEC. The increase has resulted in my paying 15 percent more.
When I questioned SVEC about raffling away credits to customers who participated in their board elections, I was told that the cooperative considers participation as consent by all members to let the board members make all decisions. Next, they are giving away $1,000 scholarships to high school graduates. I have not lived here long enough to know if this is a long-standing tradition. The increase affects my quality of life, having decided to retire in Virginia.
SVEC’s mission statement states:
We will provide reliable and safe electric service at the best possible value within our communities, consistent with sound management and cooperative principles.
The definition of the word Cooperative is:
an enterprise or organization owned by and operated for the benefit of those using its services.
If the majority of cooperative members feel support to the community is what they signed on for, I would understand and accept. As for me, I just want the lowest cost of living possible. It’s not like I have any choice on how to keep my house powered up.
Paula Dorangrichia ~ Stanley, Va.
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