To claim Economic Advantage Power Dollars, ZBPW customers must enroll in paperless billing.
Access the Zeeland Board of Public Works utility bill payment portal here.
Simply follow the “How to Create an Account” instructions under “Pay Online” on our Pay Options page. Make sure to have a copy of your printed utility bill in-hand before you get started.
Merchants can sign up for Economic Advantage Power Dollars participation by filling out the online form at our merchant portal here. When prompted for ‘Invitation Code’, enter zeeland.
Annie Lane Bridal
Bunte’s Pharmacy & Gifts
DeBruyn Seed Co
Dekker’s Jewelry Store
Don’s Flowers & Gifts
Full Circle Creations
Main Street Auto Repair
Main Street Beanery
Main Street Bicycle
Mom & Baby Again
Out of the Box
The 6Eight At Better Way Imports
Zeeland Academy of Music
Zeeland Ace Hardware
*as of September 18, 2020
For almost 30 years, the Zeeland Board of Public Works has provided a Holiday Power Dollars program which treats Zeeland households to a $15 reward to be spent, each year, at local, participating businesses. To earn Holiday Power Dollars, residential electric customers, simply decorate the exterior of their home or yard with holiday lights or Zeeland’s infamous Yard Cards. This annual gift not only benefits local residents and displays Zeeland’s festive neighborhoods, but also benefits the participating businesses who accept the certificates. The ZBPW reimburses participating merchants 100% of the face value of each certificate. To date, the Holiday Power Dollar program has infused almost $650,000 into the local Zeeland economy.
This summer, in light of the current pandemic, the Zeeland Board of Public Works will be issuing a bonus round of Power Dollars. This mid-cycle distribution will offer all ZBPW customer households a gift of $15 in Economic Advantage Power Dollars. This one-time program, valued at $25,000, was created as a tool to stimulate the local economy during this difficult time. “Our Board felt called upon to respond to the local economic crisis, caused by the Covid19 pandemic. We have really had – what could be referred to as an economic stimulus program – in existence for almost thirty years. The program has been used to incentivize residential utility customers to decorate for the holidays while at the same time, encourage patronage of Zeeland’s amazing array of local businesses. We realized two things however – that the manual method of certificate distribution was no longer viable and that the Holiday Power Dollars program can be easily adapted to engage ZBPW customers in other ways – in this case, opting-in for paperless billing. So, just like the holiday program, the Economic Advantage Power Dollars program continues the tradition of win-win-win! The updated program will be completely electronic and will equip us to distribute to a wider reach of customers. We will also be able to reimburse participating businesses much quicker,” stated ZBPW General Manager, Andrew Boatright.
Past cycles of Power Dollars have included physical certificates and relied on in-person transactions for customers to claim the certificates. Starting this summer, all new cycles of Power Dollars will now be digital and touch-free. To claim Economic Advantage Power Dollars, ZBPW customers must enroll in paperless billing. Visit www.zeelandbpw.com/billpay to register residential utility accounts. Power Dollars will be delivered, via email in a group of three unique $5 certificates; totaling $15 per household. Certificates will be issued to one person per household. All Power Dollars will have a QR code and a unique alpha numeric six-digit code. Customers can print the certificates or simply save them to a smartphone; participating merchants will scan the QR code to redeem the certificate.
Previously, certificates were issued with a value of $15 each. By issuing each customer three $5 certificates it will reduce the occasion that a merchant will need to give cash back – yielding more of each certificate spent in local businesses. Just like the former Power Dollars program, Zeeland BPW will reimburse participating merchants 100% of each certificate value! When customers receive their Power Dollars, they will also receive a list of local participating merchants who accept the certificates.
The annual Holiday Power Dollars program will return, on schedule, November 30 – December 12, 2020. Both Economic Advantage Power Dollars and Holiday Power Dollars will expire January 31, 2021.