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AMI-TWACS Meter Project

February 2018

In January,  Beartooth Electric requested proposals for the services of a qualified “Vendor” to provide the Cooperative a fully functional and integrated ACLARA TWACS advanced metering infrastructure “AMI”, to replace the existing legacy remote read (Turtle) electrical metering system using Power Line Carrier, “PLC”, communication technology. Final bids were received on February 15. Bids were evaluated by staff and presented to the Board for review on February 22. The Board accepted staff's recommendation of awarding the contract to Anixter Power Systems located in Billings, MT. The final project cost was consistent with previous staff estimates presented to the Board. Project cost will be approximately $1.5 million.

January 2018

2018 is the first year of a multi-year Work Plan at BEC. There are several areas of primary focus that are driving the 2018 Budget, our major one is the deployment of the Digital Meter Replacement Project. Based upon long delivery schedules for digital meters, 50% of the meters will be delivered in August 2018, with the balance in March 2019. The first digital meter is scheduled to be installed in Belfry, September 2018. TWACS related work on 5 substations will be completed during the Spring and Summer of 2018. The remaining 5 substations will be completed in 2019.  BEC will pursue a 15 year loan (approximately $1.5 million) to finance the installation of the TWACS project. To stay in compliance with BEC Bylaws, the Cooperative must allow a 60 day comment period prior to acquiring any long term debt. The Board will be presented with a final bid to approve. Consequently, the 60 day notification period will begin in February. During the 60 Day notification period, discussion will take place regarding loan options, timelines and details. The first payment to the vendor will take place upon delivery of the TWACS substation transformers in April; approximately $250,000.

1/24/2018 Beartooth TWACS RFP Update

1/23/2018 Beartooth RFP Questions

1/17/2018 Final BEC Metering System RFP


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