LCEC is a not-for-profit cooperative utility. When annual excess revenues, or margins, are generated, the Board of Trustees considers an equity distribution. In 2010, LCEC was able to maintain a sufficient financial position and for the third year in a row did not raise base rates. Although not all cooperatives are able to return equity, LCEC has returned more than $164 million in equity over the years.
LCEC equity represents members’ investment in the LCEC electrical system in the form of substations, poles, wires, transformers and other facilities. Not-for-profit cooperative members invest in the infrastructure needed to provide electric service to customers and help keep rates competitive. Without member investment, LCEC would need to secure additional funding from interest-bearing loans which would be recovered in the form of higher base rates.
LCEC is proud of the financial strength that has allowed equity to be returned to customers in 2011. It’s one of the benefits of belonging to a financially stable electric cooperative.
Established in 1940, Lee County Electric Cooperative, Inc. (LCEC) is a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative serving Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, Marco Island, Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Pine Island, Everglades City, Immokalee, Ave Maria, and parts of Lehigh Acres. LCEC is a major contributor to the local economy as one of the largest employers in Lee County with 400 employees and by its support of many local agencies through charitable giving and volunteerism programs, including the United Way, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Junior Achievement and local school districts. People. Power. Possibilities. Delivering the Power that Energizes our Community. Learn more about LCEC online at www.lcec.net.