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Beartooth Co-op sets meeting date

Cody Enterprise
September 14, 2016

Members of a rural electric cooperative which includes some Park County residents will hold its 78th annual meeting on Sept. 24, at the high school in Roberts, Mont.

The business meeting will convene at 9 a.m. and adjourn at noon. This annual meeting is an opportunity for Beartooth Electric Cooperative members to get an update on how the co-op stands and where it is headed.

"You Can't Go Back" if merged BEC would cease to be

By Eleanor Guerrero
Carbon County News
September 8, 2016

Beartooth Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BEC) attorney Larry Martin made it clear to all the board via a phone conference on Tuesday, August 28, should a merger occur with Lower Valley Energy, Inc. (LVE) and members are dissatisfied, they cannot regroup as BEC again. "You can't go back. Once you merge there is no more BEC. It will be swallowed up by LVE," he clarified. "If you wanted to leave it would be subject to what Wyoming law required (where LVE is incorporated)." 

Beartooth Electric Annual Meeting will detail timeline for merger analysis

Red Lodge, MT – On September 24, members of the rural electric cooperative will hold their 78th annual Members Meeting at the high school in Roberts, Montana. The business meeting will convene at 9:00 a.m. and adjourn at noon. 

Beartooth reviewing its options

By Eleanor Guerrero
Carbon County News
August 11, 2016

On Tuesday, July 26, the Beartooth Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BEC) board received an independent review regarding its current management. It is the first crucial step since leaving Southern Montana Electric Transmission and Generation Cooperative, Inc. since it is now an independent cooperative with Montana and Wyoming members that can determine its own future. The report found that the current arrangement with Lower Valley Energy (LVE) contracted as management is “working quite well.” 

Will members lose control if BEC merges and no longer exists?

By Eleanor Guerrero
Carbon County News
August 4, 2016

Beartooth Electric Cooperative, Inc. has survived many perils in the Southern Montana Electric Transmission and Generation Cooperative, Inc. (Southern) bankruptcy managing to finally extricate itself. Now, its current state and energy sources being secure, it is deciding its future path: whether to stand alone like many rural Montana cooperatives or to become instead a smaller member in a larger cooperative on which it would simply sit as a board member(s). 

BEC members in for another rate decrease

By Eleanor Guerrero
Carbon County News
August 4, 2016

BEC members can welcome more good news after their leaving Southern Montana Electric Transmission and Generation Cooperative,Inc. (Southern). The Board voted for the following rates, effective August 1, 2016: Commercial - 8% reduction; Residential/Industrial - 5% reduction; Irrigation - 2% reduction. 

Read the full article here. 

Third rate decrease in 12 months for Beartooth Electric

July 29, 2016
Contact: Jim Webb, General Manager, Beartooth Electric Cooperative,
307-885-3175; jim@lvenergy.com

Red Lodge, MT – A reduction in electric rates was approved by the Beartooth Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees at their regular meeting on July 26. The rate decrease, effective August 1, marks the third cut-back in co-op members’ rates since August of 2015.

550 Members on the line for Co-op Call-In

Red Lodge, MT – As part of management of an electric cooperative, Beartooth Electric’s management places a lot of weight on member feedback. Beartooth Electric Cooperative is in the midst of a careful process to develop a recommendation to its members for the future of the co-op.

The openness of co-op management and trustees was very apparent at a telephone Town Hall held for members on July 12. Members’ worries about the cost of their electricity and their influence with their utility were also apparent during the hour-long call.  

BEC refund used to pay debt

By Eleanor Guerrero
Carbon County News
July 14, 2016

Beartooth Electric Cooperative, Inc. (BEC) decided to use its share of a refund "windfall" according to BEC's website, to pay off debt. A check for $1.112 million arrived June 17. On Tuesday, June 28, the BEC board voted to use the funds to retire the loan used to pay its share of the Highwood Generating Station debt. This amount was determined earlier when BEC decided to leave Southern.

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