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Board of Director Election Open

Online voting for Fall River Electric’s Board of Director election for representatives from District 4, East Driggs; District 7, Southern Island Park; & District 9, West Yellowstone is open.
Online voting information is being mailed to ALL owner-members the week of May 13, 2019. If you would prefer to vote by ballot, mail-in ballots will also be in the mailing at the same time. And finally, you can vote in-person at the Co-op’s annual meeting on June 15th in Ashton at North Fremont High School.
Five candidates are seeking the District 4 position previously held by Debbie Smith, who did not seek re-election, while four candidates seek the District 7 spot. Ron Dye, current board representative for that district has reach his term limits.
Doug Schmier, president of the board is running unopposed for re-election in District 9.
Information on each candidate can be found in the ballot mailing as well as the May/June FLASHES newsletter and on the “Video News” segment both on this website. Online & mail-in voting ends on June 12.

Cash Back Payments Total Over $1M

More than one million dollars, $1,019,000 to be exact, has been distributed to more than 6,000 owner-members of Fall River Electric Cooperative as part of the Co-op’s Patronage Capital program. Members that received power in 1997 and a portion of 1998 received these cash back payments. The amount of each check was based on theContinue Reading

School Solar & Wind Projects Funded

Fall River Electric owner-members in conjunction with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, a nonprofit organization funded by generous contributions from philanthropic organizations, Helping Hands, a local nonprofit and Fall River Electric; the fundraising necessary to construct small scale distributed generation solar panels and wind turbines at three of our local high schools was achieved. Construction bidsContinue Reading

Jeff Keay Selected to Board

Fall River Electric’s Board of Directors has selected Jeff Keay of Island Park to fill the remaining 2 years of board member Ralph Burton’s term, which expires in June of 2020. Burton moved from the area which, according to the Co-op’s by-laws, forces a vacancy which the board is required to fill via appointment. AContinue Reading

Coop Offers First-Ever Rebate

All owner-members (customers) of Fall River Electric who received power in 2017 have been issued a first-ever rebate! As a nonprofit cooperative, Fall River manages the amount of revenue they need to operate the Cooperative very closely. Fall River Electric had a great financial year in 2017 and the Coop’s elected Board of Directors decided to rebate aContinue Reading

Fall River Electric Pays Out Over $1M to Customers

Fall River Electric Cooperative has mailed checks to over 6,000 of its owner-members (customers) totaling $1,023,143 under its patronage capital program. Because Fall River Electric operates as a nonprofit cooperative, it is in fact owned by the customers it serves which the co-op refers to as owner-members. When revenues collected by the co-op exceed operatingContinue Reading

No Rate Increase for 2018

Fall River Rural Electric Cooperative’s primary power supplier, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), announced earlier this year their intention to increase both wholesale power rates and transmission rates. Following several months of review, BPA issued their Final Record of Decision that it would be raising rates by 6.1 percent effective October 1, 2017. BPA saidContinue Reading

Hanson, Behrens & Burton Elected to Board of Directors

Fall River Electric’s annual meeting of members was conducted Saturday, June 24th at North Fremont High School in Ashton, ID and over one thousand members joined the Cooperative staff for breakfast and a record breaking number of members, nearly 2,000, cast ballots for board candidates. Jay Hanson and Ralph Burton were re-elected to their board positions from theContinue Reading

Consolidation With Lower Valley Placed On Hold

On Monday, October 17th, Fall River Electric’s Board of Directors met to continue discussions regarding a possible consolidation with Lower Valley Energy based in Wyoming. As has been previously reported, Fall River and Lower Valley Energy commissioned two consolidation studies, one done by CFC and another prepared by EES. Lower Valley authorized E3 to conductContinue Reading