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Consultant, Terilyn Wallis to present new CFC Compass 3.0
financial forecasting model at July board meeting

Are you interested in solar power? Great! We are too!

Beartooth Electric Cooperative (BEC) is proud to announce
Shares Du Soleil—Solar Project

As the name describes, Shares Du Soleil is all about sharing the sun with our members. Shared Solar is an idea whose time has come, according to BEC General Manager, Kevin P. Owens: “It’s all about leveraging the economies of scale to improve affordability. Our “Shares Du Soleil” program will make it possible for our residential and commercial members to reap all the benefits of solar generation—including both cost-effectiveness and environmental sustainability—without having to hassle with the challenges involved with installing photovoltaic panels and the ongoing maintenance costs required to keep them performing at maximum capacity. It’s also a powerful feeling to be a part of something with positive environmental impacts that extend much farther than those of any single individual.”


Beartooth Electric Solar Project informational workshops are scheduled to discuss this opportunity with members and share how they can purchase the output from a solar panel(s) that BEC owns and maintains to receive a monthly energy credit on their bill. It is a very creative option for those members who choose not to install or may not have the ability to install solar panels at their home or business. Because there are lots of questions to be answered, we encourage all interested members to join us at one of these informational workshops: Tuesday, June 12, Red Lodge Pizza Co-Natalie’s Banquet Room, 6:00 p.m. or Tuesday, June 26, The Cobblestone School, Absarokee, Montana, 6:00 p.m.


“This is one of those concepts that just makes so much sense on many different levels,” says BEC Board President, Julie Lindgren. “By coming together as a community of co-op members to support solar generation, the cost per watt will be less than for an individual installation and energy output is maximized. Plus, the benefits of Shared Solar are available to those who rent or homeowners whose properties are shaded or whose roofs are not well-suited for the installation of solar panels. Here at the co-op, we are really eager to bring this resource to our members.”

Interested members are encouraged to attend a meeting, consult the BEC website ( or call the office (406-446-2310) for additional information. Download the program Frequently Asked Questions here.


Trustee Candidate Filing Period Opens

Beartooth Electric’s 2018 trustee candidate filing period officially opens June 1 for the District 4 (Red Lodge area) and District 6 (Nye area) board seats. Trustee elections take place at the annual member meeting, September 29, ANIPRO Event Center, Absarokee, Montana. BEC members living in Districts 4 and 6 interested in running for the BEC Board of Trustees have until August 10 to declare their candidacies.

2018 Scholarships Announced

“Supporting our communities and encouraging our youth to work hard and follow their dreams is at the foundation of cooperative principles,” stated Dan Dutton, BEC’s District 1 Trustee. “BEC awards the annual scholarships based upon eligibility including co-op membership, a personal statement essay, financial need, scholastic achievement, as well as school and community activities.

The results are in-

Thank you members for your participation in the 2018 Member Survey. Here's what you said:

2018 Member Survey





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What is Earth Day, and what is it meant to accomplish?

A message from Earth Day Network president, Kathleen Rogers

Close to 48 years ago, on 22 April 1970, millions of people took to the streets to protest the negative impacts of 150 years of industrial development.

In the US and around the world, smog was becoming deadly and evidence was growing that pollution led to developmental delays in children. Biodiversity was in decline as a result of the heavy use of pesticides and other pollutants.

Not Your Average Electric Cooperative

Industry expert calls BEC "different and on track."

KM Consulting president Kim Mikkelsen brought power industry expertise and co-op experience to her April 3 meeting with BEC. She provided examples of techniques for performing financial assessments and suggestions for maintaining a healthy co-op long-term.

Mikkelson reported that she often points to BEC best practices when she teaches classes and consults with co-ops across the country. It was useful to discuss how to continue and improve those processes.


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