A membership fee of $5 is required to receive electric service from Clarke Electric Cooperative. There is a $5 fee for a record change.
The required deposit is based upon the highest bill in the previous 12-month history at that service location. The deposit fee may be waived by furnishing Clarke electric with a written credit reference from your previous utility provider showing 12 consecutive on-time payments. Once Clarke Electric receives 12 consecutive on-time payments, your deposit will be applied as a credit to your account.
If you fail to respond to a late notice/friendly reminder (15 days after the printed due date), your account may be posted with a "Notice of Disconnect" on your property. A non-refundable and non-transferable $125 posting fee will be added to the delinquent amount.
A $30 returned-check fee will be assessed for any checks that are not honored. In addition, your bill will be considered unpaid, and late payment charges will apply.
Idle Service Fees
Rules and regulations require that Clarke Electric Cooperative maintain the entire electric distribution system installed within our service territory, not dependent on whether or not that portion of the system is energized. Section 16 of our Tariff, last revised September 1, 2012, can be found below.
Please call the office at 641.342.2173 for more information on how to sign up.
Section 16 IDLE SERVICES
An idle service charge will be applicable where the Cooperative, pursuant to an application for service to a given premise, has installed the necessary facilities to provide said electric service, but where the member-consumer or owner fails to accept and use said service within a reasonable time; or if such member-consumer or owner, after having taken service at the given premises, thereafter discontinues service for six months. In either event, the Cooperative will, after due notice to the member-consumer or owner, require the member-consumer or owner to pay an idle service charge in order to retain the Cooperative's facilities in readiness so that the said service may be available upon re-occupancy of the given premises.
If a service is discontinued or idle longer than six months a $18 monthly fee will be charged to cover the cost of the Cooperative’s investment in the facilities. So long as the idle service charge is paid by the member-consumer or owner, the Cooperative's facilities shall remain in place. However, any time the member-consumer or owner refuses to pay the idle service charge, the member-consumer or owner shall be notified that the facilities may be removed from the given premises by the Cooperative whenever the Cooperative determines it is economical to do so.
If the member-consumer or owner applies for restoration of service at the location after the facilities have been removed, the member-consumer will be required to follow the line extension section of the tariff.