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 bids were awarded to Bozeman Green Build of Bozeman, Montana and construction, weather permitting, will get underway at Teton High School in Driggs, North Fremont High School in Ashton and at West Yellowstone High School this fall.

These distributed generation units coupled with real-time display units at each high school, classroom materials and teacher training will provide local students an understanding and knowledge of these emerging technologies. Thank you to those visionary owner-members who contributed to this effort.

 

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

CEO Case Meets with U.S. Interior Secretary Zinke

In July Fall River Electric’s CEO/General Manager Bryan Case had the oportunity to meet with U.S. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke. National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jim Matheson and two NRECA Board members, Bryan Case (Idaho) and Jeff Peterson (Utah Rural Electric Cooperative Association), participated in an energy CEO meeting with Interior SecretaryContinue 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

Power Outage Info to be Shared on Facebook

The rise in popularity of social media is changing the way companies like Fall River Electric communicate with members during power outages. Now when a large-scale power outage occurs, Fall River Electric will communicate information about the outage via our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FallRiverREC. Outage information will be posted to Facebook when the outage durationContinue Reading