Patronage (Capital Credits)

Patronage (Capital Credits)

The five steps of how patronage, or capital credits, work.

As a member owned and operated cooperative, one of the principles we follow is a commitment to returning part of your investment.

Patronage, or capital credits, represent margins credited to members of a cooperative based on their purchases from the cooperative. Each year, Midland Power's Board of Directors reviews margins and sets aside excess funds through a patronage allocation. These funds will be used to help keep the electric co-op financially sound and maintain a quality of service as high as possible. 

When will I receive this money?

Patronage allocations are returned to members in the form of patronage dividend retirements. These are returned at a future date, if or when, approved by the board of directors.

How is patronage calculated?

The amount a member earns in a given year is based upon the total dollar billing for that year. The sum of the member's bills for the year is multiplied by a percentage to determine the allocation.

Can these monies be used to pay my electric bill at the time they are allocated?

No. These funds are not available to the member until a future date.

What if I move? 

If a member moves or no longer receives services from Midland Power Cooperative, it is important to keep their address current with the co-op, so future patronage retirements are mailed to the former member's current address.