December 2021 Capital Credits


What are capital credits and how are they calculated?

Because we’re a not-for-profit cooperative, we give profits (known as margins) back to our members in the form of capital credits.
The amount you’re owed is based upon the amount of revenue you contribute to the cooperative through payment of your monthly bills during a year in which the co-op collected more than it spent. This year, we’re retiring capital credits of more than $1.3 million, from 1994 and 50 percent from 1995.
Our member-elected board of directors determines whether our co-op’s financial position permits the return of capital credits, the amount of which will be returned to members and which year or years are returned. Holding capital credits helps keep our rates low as it lowers the amount of funds we need to borrow in a given year.

When to expect your capital credits

If you were a member in 1994 or 1995 and you’re owed less than $20, then you’ll see your capital credit as a credit on your December bill.
If you’re owed $20 or more, you’ll receive a check in the mail by the end of December with your full credit. That’s all there is to it!

Unclaimed capital credits

Have any of your friends or family members moved out of the Piedmont Electric service area over the last few years?
If a member moves away and we don’t have their new address, they could have money waiting for them in the form of capital credits or uncashed checks.
Visit to search for unclaimed capital credits for your friends and family members who have moved.
We always attempt to contact former members that are owed money, but if capital credits go unclaimed for more than four years, they have to be turned over to the state treasurer’s office. That money can be claimed by visiting
Thanks in advance for helping us return money to former members!

Spread some joy this holiday season

spread joyIf you’re looking for ways to give back during the holidays, consider donating your capital credits to our Helping Hand Foundation. Your donation will directly support energy assistance efforts for fellow members in need.
To donate your capital credits, please cash or deposit the amount, then either donate through the mail or online via the “Pay Now” button in your SmartHub portal. Visit to learn more about the Helping Hand Foundation or call us at 800.222.3107 to donate any amount at any time. Thank you as always for your support!

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