Fall River Electric Food Drive Nets Nearly Three Tons

During the past holiday season Fall River Rural Electric Cooperative’s staff conducted five food drives at area grocery stores in support of local food banks. A total of 5,680 pounds of food on 13 pallets were recently delivered to four regional food banks including the social services office in West Yellowstone MT, the food bank in Rexburg ID operated by Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership, the North Fremont Food Pantry in Ashton ID and the Teton Valley Food Pantry in Driggs ID.

Fall River Electric’s CEO/General Manager Bryan Case said, “I had asked our staff to brainstorm ideas on providing community service or a fundraiser which could potentially become a ’Fall River Electric’ signature community event. Several employees took me up on this challenge by suggesting that we host a Fall River Food Drive to benefit local food pantries. This idea blossomed and was dubbed Stuff the Truck.”

In addition to the nonperishable food donated, the food pantries shared $1,251.33 in cash donations from individuals and local businesses plus another $250 contributed by Fall River Electric to each food bank.

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

Lineman College $2400 Scholarship Announced

Fall River Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors has authorized a new scholarship intended to encourage a member or child of a member to become a utility lineman. This $2,400 scholarship is available to any lineman college chosen. Application for the 2017 lineman scholarship is now available. More information and an application form is available on this website byContinue Reading