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What is the ECA?

Calhoun County REC is vigilant in trying to keep rates as stable as possible while meeting financial obligations.  When the cost of power decreases, we pass the savings on to our members-owners.  However, when the cost of power increases, we also must adjust the costs for our member-owners.

The "energy cost adjustment" (ECA) is exactly that - a way to adjust the fluctuating monthly cost of wholesale power over or under the established kWh rate.

When Calhoun County REC receives our power bill from Corn Belt, our power provider, any increase or decrease in power costs from the normal base kWh rate is passed on to the member - owner using the ECA.

What is a kilowatt hour?

The term kilowatt-hour (kWh) is used so often today when we are talking about electric consumption that we rarely stop to think about what it really is.  Electricity is measured in watts.  A 100-watt light bulb uses 100 watts of electricity when lighted.

Most appliances are labeled with the wattage they use.  A kilowatt is 1,000 watts.  A kilowatt-hour is 1,000 watts of energy used in one hour's time.  If a 100-watt light bulb burns for 10 hours, it would equal one kilo-watt or one digit on your meter.  Larger appliances do not have to operate as long to accumulate a kilowatt-hour.  An electric water heater, for example, with a 4,500-watt element, uses 4.5 kWh's if it is on for one hour.