Who pays for the line extension for a new service?

Columbia REA has a line extension policy that specifies how the costs are paid for. Depending on the size and type of service the Co-op will pay for a portion of the total costs. If the estimated construction costs exceed the line extension allowance the member must pay the difference. The member has a choice to pay all the cost upfront or they can be amortized over 10 years and a monthly payment will be added to the electric bill each month.