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Frequently Asked Questions

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About This Website

  • Which web browsers can I use with the PEC website?
  • How do I adjust text size on the PEC website?

About Your Service

  • How do I report a power outage?
  • What are your rates?
  • How do I read my meter?
  • How do your meters work?
  • What are PEC's deposit requirements?
  • Why am I required to provide personal identification?
  • How do I add utility lines at my construction project?
  • How can I change the name on my account?

Automatic Debit Authorization

  • How do I sign up for automatic payments online?
  • Can I cancel my automatic payments online?

Billing & Payments

  • How do I read my bill?
  • How do I pay my bill?
  • How do I make a payment online?
  • Which credit cards can I use to pay my bill?
  • Will my electricity be disconnected if I can’t pay my bill?
  • Am I able to choose when my bill is due?
  • If I have more than one account, will I have more than one due date?
  • When I apply for new service, will I be given a choice of due date or will one be automatically set?
  • Why is my bill so high?
  • The difference between the beginning reading shown on my bill and the ending reading is not the same as the billed kilowatt-hour (kwh) use. Why?
  • How can I reduce my electric bill?
  • Why am I being billed a service availability charge and a delivery charge?
  • Why am I being billed a monthly meter reading fee?
  • What is an invoice bill and what does it look like?
  • Can I mail one check for all accounts listed on my invoice bill?
  • If I have invoice billing, can I view the total balance of all of my accounts online?


Fixed & Average Payment Plans

Green Button

  • What is Green Button?
  • How do I download my Green Button data?
  • How do I retrieve data from my downloaded ZIP file?
  • How do I use my data?
  • What are the benefits of using Green Button?
  • What information will I see in my Green Button data file?
  • Is my usage data secure when I download through Green Button?

Power Outage

  • How do I report a power outage?
  • What can I do to help get my power back on?
  • What do I do after I've reported an outage?
  • How should I prepare for outages?
  • How does PEC manage calls during a widespread power outage?
  • Does PEC know that I have lost electric service during a storm?
  • How do you decide whose power to restore first?
  • Why would a PEC service crew pass by without restoring the power at my house?
  • Why does my neighbor have power and I do not?
  • What should members with special medical needs do to prepare for an outage?
  • Why can't you tell me how long it will take to restore my power?
  • What should I do if a power line falls in my yard?
  • How do I protect appliances in my house from power surges?
  • If power goes out, do I need to throw out all the food in my refrigerator and freezer?
  • Is it safe to use a generator when I lose power?
  • What is a supplier outage?
  • Why isn't the outage in my area mentioned on Facebook or Twitter?
  • What is a pole-top fire?
  • What can I do to help prevent outages?
  • How often is the report showing current outages updated?
  • The power is off at my location but the outage report says there are no current outages. How can that be?
  • My power is out and the online outage report shows an outage at a neighboring subdivision but doesn't list my neighborhood. Should I report it to PEC?
  • The estimated restoration time for my outage is unknown. What does that mean?


  • What should I do if I see a downed power line?

Service Requests


  • How do I sign up for SmartHub?
  • Will my existing PEC Member Portal login work with SmartHub?
  • What is the difference between the mobile app and the web versions of SmartHub?
  • Is my phone or tablet supported?
  • Is the mobile app secure?
  • Do I have to buy the app?
  • Do I have to change the way I pay my bill in order to use SmartHub?
  • I have five accounts. Can I see them all in the app and on the web?
  • Can I make a payment on multiple accounts?
  • How current is the account information I see in the mobile app or on the web?
  • How do I sign up for notifications? What if I want to receive notifications for multiple accounts?
  • What is the recommended screen resolution for SmartHub on the web?
  • What do the color codes represent on the mobile application My Usage screen?
  • In SmartHub web, my tab buttons are not highlighted to indicate what screen I am on and the Utility logo is centered on the page. Why is it displaying this way?

System Inventory

  • What is DRG and why does its employees want access to my property?
  • What is a system inventory?
  • How do I know the DRG employees are who they say they are?
  • How will I know when DRG will be in my neighborhood?
  • How long will DRG crews be on my property and what will they be doing?
  • How will DRG crews get to PEC equipment?
  • Do I have to give DRG access to my yard?
  • Will DRG crews need to go in my house?
  • Will there be damage to my property?
  • Is something wrong with the electrical equipment?