Middle Tennessee Electric halts disconnections and waives late fees throughout August amid continued heat wave, driving up VAT fuel costs

Murfreesboro, Tenn. – Middle Tennessee Electric (MTE) will take unprecedented action in August to help relieve pressure on its members from increased consumption and rising fuel costs from TVA, the co-op’s electricity provider.

“The weather is out of everyone’s control, and the TVA fuel cost adjustment is out of MTE’s control,” said MTE CEO Chris Jones. “Unfortunately, both will impact members’ bills due in August. We recognize this and want to do what we can to help, which is why we are suspending disconnections for non-payment and eliminating all late fees from August 1 until after Labor Day.

Additionally, Jones said MTE will give members the option to spread out payments. Installment plans allow members to pay off a portion of their high bill balance and spread the remaining balance over a period of up to six months. The member will receive their regular monthly statement with the installment amount added.

“If there’s one thing I would most strongly recommend to members this month, it would be to switch to level billing,” Jones said. “We are making this option available to most members, so contact us and we’ll get you set up. If you get a high bill in August, you might be surprised how much lower your bill would be with level billing, and we can do that for you right away.

Level billing gives members the flexibility to pay nearly the same amount on their bill each month, eliminating extreme fluctuations caused by unpredictable weather or energy usage. Likewise, fixed-budget billing takes these unexpected costs out of the equation and allows members to pay a fixed amount each month, regardless of energy usage. The co-op also allows members to choose a bill due date that best suits their budget. Learn more about these and other options at mte.com/billing.Murfreesboro, Tenn. electricity supplier of the cooperative.

“The weather is out of everyone’s control, and the TVA fuel cost adjustment is out of MTE’s control,” said MTE CEO Chris Jones. “Unfortunately, both will impact members’ bills due in August. We recognize this and want to do what we can to help, which is why we’re suspending disconnections for non-payment and eliminating all late fees from August 1 until after Labor Day.

Additionally, Jones said MTE will give members the option to spread out payments. Installment plans allow members to pay off a portion of their high bill balance and spread the remaining balance over a period of up to six months. The member will receive their regular monthly statement with the installment amount added.

“If there’s one thing I would most strongly recommend to members this month, it would be to switch to level billing,” Jones said. “We are making this option available to most members, so contact us and we’ll get you set up. If you get a high bill in August, you might be surprised how much lower your bill would be with level billing, and we can do that for you right away.

Level billing gives members the flexibility to pay nearly the same amount on their bill each month, eliminating extreme fluctuations caused by unpredictable weather or energy usage. Likewise, fixed-budget billing takes these unexpected costs out of the equation and allows members to pay a fixed amount each month, regardless of energy usage. The co-op also allows members to choose a bill due date that best suits their budget. Learn more about these and other options at mte.com/billing.

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