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POWER CIRCUIT


Visit us on the Internet at: www.vvec.com JULY 2013


Published for the members of Verdigris Valley Electric Cooperative A Supplement to Oklahoma Living.


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Pay·As·You·Go Pre-Pay Program in Testing Phase


Our Pay·As·You·Go pre-payment program is in the testing phase as we pre-


pare to introduce it later this summer. Three VVEC employees are currently allowing the co-op to use their VVEC accounts as guinea pigs for the new program. The test began the first week of June and will continue through the sum-


mer.


“We are making sure these employees are getting notices of their account balances, and that the software program, iVUE, is reflecting their payments. We are also making sure the correct balance is being shown and that the actual pre-pay balance is correct at billing time,” says Clyde Willard, VVEC director of finance.


He adds there haven’t been any problems or glitches. Work has begun on the installation of a payment kiosk in the co-op’s front


entrance. A hole has been cut in the brickwork between the first set of doors and the lobby entrance. Once the kiosk is installed, later this summer, mem- bers will be able to pay their electric bills using cash, checks or credit cards. The front doors will remain unlocked 24 hours a day, seven days a week. However, the second set of doors opening into the lobby, will be locked after business hours.


Plans call for other payments kiosks to be placed in Owasso, Skiatook,


Nowata, Bartlesville, and Claremore. Those locations will be featured in upcom- ing issues of PowerCircuit. How Pay As You Go Works The pre-pay program allows members to pay for their electricity before it’s used, or ‘up front.’ “Through this program, you will pre-pay a certain amount for electricity,


and then we will let you know via text message and/or phone call when you are almost out of credit,” explains Willard. “You can also check your balance online.” Payments can be made over the telephone, online, in our office, or at one of


the kiosks. “If payment is not made, then your electric can be shut off when your ac-


count reaches zero, similar to a car stopping when it runs out of gas,” he ex- plains.


More information about the Pay·As·You·Go program, kick-off date, and payment kiosk locations will be included in future issues of PowerCircuit.


It’s not very attractive right now, but this gaping hole in the build- ing’s front entryway will house the Pay·As·You·Go payment kiosk. It is scheduled to be installed sometime this summer.


Energy Savings Members who pre-pay generally


use less energy than do members on traditional billing arrangements because they are more aware of how much electricity they are consum- ing.


Studies show consumers


enrolled in pre-pay programs practice better energy use habits and enjoy lower energy costs than the average rate payer.


Members will be able to go on-


line to view graphs that provide de- tails about their electric use. Often, this reveals high usage patterns that can be corrected to save money.


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