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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.

Beartooth Electric call-in member meeting July 12

Examining business options for the future of Beartooth Electric Cooperative is an ever-present duty of the Board of Trustees. A large influence in this process is the feedback Beartooth Electric receives from its members. Now, the Beartooth management and board are asking its member-owners to weigh in on the future of their cooperative.

Beartooth Electric Call-In Member Meeting July 12

Red Lodge, MT – Examining business options for the future of Beartooth Electric Cooperative is an ever-present duty of the Board of Trustees. A large influence in this process is the feedback Beartooth Electric receives from its members. Now, the Beartooth management and board are asking its member-owners to weigh in on the future of their cooperative.

$6 Million Windfall to Southern benefits Beartooth

By Eleanor Guerrero
Carbon County News
June 23, 2016

On May 11, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an order affirming its previous opinion that customers served by NorthWestern Energy (NWE) were overcharged, for regulation services. As a result, Southern Montana Electric Generating and Transmission Inc. (Southern) will receive a refund of $6,347,021.

The July 2016 BEC Newsletter

The July 2016 BEC Newsletter is available for download here.

BEC considers independence vs. merger

By Eleanor Guerrero
Carbon County News
May 5, 2016

The question of whether to merge the recently independent Beartooth Electric Cooperative (BEC) is the ongoing issued being explored by the board. 

In April, the Beartooth Electric Cooperative Board met at their office in Red Lodge. 

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