Understanding Your Bill

Basic Service Charge

The basic service charge is a flat, monthly fee charged per meter.

The charge exists to assist in covering the costs of bringing power to your meter, regardless of the amount of electricity you use, including such things as:

  • Electrical wire
  • Transformers
  • Poles
  • Maintenance
  • Administrative costs

Meter Reading

SCI REMC utilizes an automated meter reading (AMR) system that uses our power lines to remotely read customer meters and then transfer the data to our office.

The benefits to our members include:

  • Lower meter reading costs
  • Reduction in operational costs
  • Improved member service due to the availability of daily meter readings
  • Reduction in the duration of power outages due to quick notification

Billing Cycles

SCI REMC utilizes a system of cycle billing for meter reading. This means that meters are read throughout the entire month, and bills are issued at 4 different times/cycles during the month. There are 4 cycle areas covered by SCI REMC with separate billing schedules:

Cycle 1

area north and east of Martinsville

Cycle 2

area south and southeast of Martinsville

Cycle 3

area southwest of Martinsville

Cycle 4

area northwest of Martinsville