WEC offers ‘pay as you go’ electricity

Published 12:02 am Friday, December 28, 2012

Electric customers in the southeastern corner of the county who are serviced by Wiregrass Electric Cooperative have the option to “pay as you go” on their electric bills.

The program, which began in March, now has 700 members participating in the program, said WEC spokesperson Brad Kimbro.

“It’s going extremely well,” he said. “It’s for everyone, but certainly those who may tend to struggle paying. They can keep up with it better. There are no security deposits or reconnect fees.”

With the InControl program, members pay for electric service before it is delivered.

Instead of waiting to find how much is owed each month, program participants pay for electricity from funds they have already deposited into an account.

“It’s a great program,” Kimbro said. “The member has the ability to set a threshold. For instance, say they set the threshold at $50, once their account gets to that level, we start sending alerts letting them know that their threshold has been made.

Kimbro said there is no minimum transaction.

“It’s whatever is convenient for them,” he said. “They can go online, call or come by the office. The cool thing about it is that you don’t have to go to the office. You can pay 24/7 and it’s automatically put on your account.

“Let’s say that you forgot or ran out of money while you were at work,” Kimbro said. “It is automatically disconnect, but once you play, it can go ahead and reconnect. We don’t have to roll a truck there are a lot of savings for us and the member.”

For more information on the program, call 1-800-239-4602.