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The Beartooth Electric Co-op annual meeting this weekend

Carbon County News

September 21, 2017

The Beartooth Electric Co-op annual meeting this weekend

When the member/owners of Beartooth Electric Co-op meet on Saturday, power supply will be a hot topic. The featured keynote speaker will be Travis Togo, director of power management for Energy Keepers, Inc. EKI operates the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ hydroelectric plant near Polson. The tribal corporation is Beartooth’s latest energy partner since the co-op began managing its own power supply in late 2015. The EKI agreement will follow the co-op’s current contract with Morgan Stanley that ends in 2022. 

“Beartooth has secured favorable terms and prices in a very competitive market right now that extend ten years into the future. The energy industry is ever-changing, and executing power contracts consistent with our long-term power supply strategy is critical to consistently meeting the demands of our members to deliver safe, reliable and affordable electricity,” said Kevin Owens, the co-op’s general manager since August 1.

The discussion of the EKI contract will also highlight co-op members’ role in supply decisions. In 2013, the co-op’s bylaws were changed to allow a 60-day member comment period before committing to power contracts longer than two years. 

“Beartooth has become a model of transparency among co-ops,” said the co-op’s board president, Dave Peterson. “Our member/owners also have a role in on-going transparency. It’s a two-way conversation.” 

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