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We’re Number One!

By Greg L | 21 January 2011 | Prince William County | 20 Comments

…at least when it comes to how much our electricity costs.  Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has compiled a list of electric rates in Virginia, and top of the list is our very own NOVEC which is currently charging $131.88 for a thousand kilowatt hours at the same time it has a pending rate increase request.  The national average is $121.19, while other Virginia utilities are charging as little as $76.67.  The City of Manassas comes in at $91.60, and Dominion Power comes in at a seasonally-adjusted $102.86.

When we’re paying 43% more for electric power than nearby Manassas and have the most expensive power in the Commonwealth, why would NOVEC be trying to raise rates?  The whole idea of an electric cooperative is supposed to be to provide cheaper power than a for-profit, investor-owned utility, so by this fundamental measure NOVEC is failing, and badly.

Everyone served by NOVEC is a voting member of the cooperative.  Perhaps it’s time they heard from the members.  If you’re inclined to ask NOVEC why they’re charging you the highest electricity rates in the Commonwealth at the same time they’re asking for a rate increase, and apparently doing little that anyone is aware of to control costs, you can reach them at 703-335-0500 or on their website.

I’ll be fascinated to hear from readers what justification NOVEC is offering for their behavior of late.

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  1. TheBulletproof Monk said on 21 Jan 2011 at 11:32 pm:
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    I have NOVEC power. My power is ALWAYS on hours or days before my neighbor’s power (Dominion). Maybe it’s the costs of service. Their service is top drawer.
    Like to see a performance/outage comparison.

  2. Greg L said on 22 Jan 2011 at 12:09 am:
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    I agree that the service and reliability have been top-notch. Yet in a difficult economy when their customers/members are struggling to get by does that good service warrant a 43% premium plus whatever NOVEC is asking for? I can understand a little bit of a premium, but we’re paying a LOT more than a little over the average for Virginia electric customers!

  3. AmericaFirst said on 22 Jan 2011 at 9:52 am:
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    OK, they provide good service. Excuse me - but isn’t that what they are supposed to do? We don’t exactly have a choice in that matter, but instead, rely on our elected officials to keep these sort of schemes in line.

    I suppose the party line will be something along the line of “like your service? Pay up or else.”

    I wonder what the salaries and bennies look like for the top novec folks.

    Anyone know?

  4. Laurie-Anne Manel said on 22 Jan 2011 at 9:53 am:
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    Thanks for posting this, Greg. We are NOVEC customers and have always been happy with the level of service we get, but had no idea that it was at such a premium. I am shocked that NOVEC’s rates are significantly higher than Dominion Power — who we had in other areas of Va — and I just assumed that a “co-operative” would provide power at a substantially lower rate than a for-profit corp.

  5. I Sell Homes said on 22 Jan 2011 at 10:01 am:
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    Yet another reason why conservatives need to move to the City of Manassas!

    Greg, when can I show you and the family some homes?

  6. Jack said on 22 Jan 2011 at 11:23 am:
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    What you do not mention is that you are also owners of that company, and get annual checks out of the profits. Perhaps you should attend a shareholders’ meeting sometime.

  7. Patty said on 22 Jan 2011 at 12:04 pm:
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    We have received either checks or credits to our electric bills from NOVEC in the past.

    Also, if you are to make comparisons you need to distinguish between member owned (co-ops), investor owned and municipally owned electric companies.

    Those owned by the government may have a cheaper bill rate but how much tax dollars are pumped into those utilities? Then overall costs would have to be examined.

    A comparison of other electric cooperatives to NOVEC would be informative.

    Also NOVEC provides an annual accounting of their revenues and expenditures. They mail it out to all the members. The report will give their costs.

    I’m not saying that the rates are not high. I’m saying that more information would be helpful in order to make a judgment on our rates.

  8. Patty said on 22 Jan 2011 at 12:37 pm:
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    It would also be helpful to look at wholesaler costs for Virginia electric companies.

  9. AmericaFirst said on 22 Jan 2011 at 2:22 pm:
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    What you do not mention is that you are also owners of that company, and get annual checks out of the profits. Perhaps you should attend a shareholders’ meeting sometime


    Like the hopey changey nonsense pandered about by the pre-adolescents during the last campaign - you keep the annual check, and I’ll take lower rates.

  10. how it is said on 22 Jan 2011 at 3:13 pm:
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    NOVEC’s customers, who pay the bills, elect NOVEC’s board of directors. The entire board of directors are also customers, as they undoubtedly live in NOVEC’s service territory. There are no external shareholders demanding dividends. THE CEO reports to the board of directors. Thus, everyone with any management say has absolutely every incentive to keep rates down.

    NOVEC is a privately-owned business (owned by the customers it serves) whose sole goal is to provide low-cost reliable service. It exists for no other purpose.

    The prior blogger is correct: NOVEC provides an accounting to its owners/customers. The explanation for higher rates, if they are in fact higher when other factors are taken into account as earlier noted, is likely quite simple, and is (just guessing) probably tied to long term efforts to provide continued consistently good service to a quickly expanding customer base.

  11. back to being apathetic said on 22 Jan 2011 at 7:54 pm:
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    Thanks for posting these rates,
    Now the City of Manassas can raise those rates to go along with their ridiculous tax rate in their quest to rid the town of the lower and middle class.

  12. Long time satisfied NOVEC customer said on 22 Jan 2011 at 8:41 pm:
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    A visit to the NOVEC website will provide a reader with facts, contrary to Greg L’s post that got it wrong. NOVEC has applied to the State Corporation Commission for a rate DECREASE, not an increase. The AG’s survey did NOT include NOVEC’s annual return of CASHBACK to its members, both active and former members. NOVEC has returned more than $256 Million to members since 2000. Those facts weren’t included in the AG’s survey. If the CASHBACK returns had been factored into the survey, the results would have been much different.

    NOVEC has been the DC Metro area’s most reliable electric utility for 12 consecutive years, much more reliable than the City of Manassas, Dominion Virginia Power, PEPCO, BG&E, and all the others. That’s why NOVEC’s customers’ lights remain on, even during major storms.

    NOVEC’s customers rated it the DC metro area’s best in “Power Quality & Reliability” and best in “Overall Customer Satisfaction” in the 2010 JD Power Electric Utility Residential study. NOVEC was ranked best in this region, best in all of Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina, and sixth nationally out of the USA’s 121 largest electric utilities in both 2009 and 2010. NOVEC’s customers rated it in the top ten nationally in value, meaning the vast majority told JD Power that NOVEC’s price was a good deal because of superior service and NOVEC’s ability to keep the lights on.

  13. The Bulletproof Monk said on 22 Jan 2011 at 9:10 pm:
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    Thanks to all of my fellow NOVEC people. I was going to have to dig in and get cozy at their website to find much of this info.

  14. Jaspar said on 22 Jan 2011 at 9:20 pm:
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    NOVEC has attained the highest “diversity” quota amongst it’s staff when compared to any other local utility.

    I find solace in the fact that perhaps an unqualified lineman, hired solely on “diversity” and “affirmative action measures” is the person that is reconnecting a main powerline to my house after a storm or other natural calamity who was hired solely because he/she was not white.

    Perhaps that is why they need higher rates for their indemnity fund.

    Liberalism is a mental disorder.

  15. Long time satisfied NOVEC customer said on 22 Jan 2011 at 9:30 pm:
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    Correction to my prior posting: NOVEC has returned over $273 MILLION in checks and rebates to its members since 2000. I previously posted $256 million. A press release at the NOVEC website had the correct number, announced at the September, 2010, annual meeting.

  16. Long time satisfied NOVEC customer said on 22 Jan 2011 at 9:45 pm:
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    Jaspar, were you aware that Dominion Virginia Power burned a house down in Arlington while restoring power to that house during the February, 2010, snow storms? Perhaps you should inquire as to the make-up of the Virginia Power crew that displaced that unfortunate family. The company with the highest reliability in the area (NOVEC) is not likely to hire or assign unqualified people to work around electricity, which can be lethal.

  17. Jaspar said on 22 Jan 2011 at 9:57 pm:
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    Dear Long time satisfied NOVEC customer:

    You sound to me a lib and a Martian Nohe supporter.

    Do you support government subsidies to augment the expense to buy Dewalt B3-2900 vibrators for transgender line”persons” that are going through the process to become union-sanctioned linemen or line women?

    Bite me lib.

  18. mnd said on 22 Jan 2011 at 10:27 pm:
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    As a NOVEC customer, if I want my bill to be lower, I can always use less electricity.

    That’s the real conservative answer.

  19. Novec customer said on 23 Jan 2011 at 3:06 pm:
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    Wow, lets have that bastion of free enterprise and efficiency run our electric. PEPCO would do us wonders with lower rates. My electricity rarely ever goes out. When it does it is allways restored promptly! You allways see crews out trimming trees. Go drive around montgomery county and they have a forest growing within there power lines. No wonder they lose power for a week.

    BTW greg, hows that albatros of a power generating plant doing? I am quit shure that was built with your tax dollars and not your electric bill.

  20. Harry said on 27 Jan 2011 at 10:44 am:
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    Businesses along PW Parkway: I spoke to a franchise owner two yeras ago, he has a business in Arlington serviced by Dominion and another along PW parkway serviced by NOVEC. His store footprints are within 40 square feet of each other and electic usage is within 100 kilowatts per month, his cost for electricity in PWC is 84% greater than Arlington. NOVEC charges businesses about 90% more than residential customers. He tried to switch to Domnion in PWC but due to some state law that protects the uncompetitive co-ops it can’t be done. Further, NOVEC entered into a 30 year contract with a consortium of VA co-ops that ensures the highest rates in VA for the next 30 years. Also, did you know where NOVECs power comes from: Dominion sells it to them with profit and G&A added on.. Is there any doubt why NOVECs rates are out of control?

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