Director Lindstedt Earns National Certification

Fall River Electric board member Anna Lindstedt of Driggs, ID recently earned her Credentialed Cooperative Director certificate (CCD) from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), which represents over 900 consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric providers in the United States. This first part of NRECA’s three-part Director Education Program, the Credentialed Cooperative Director program, consists of five courses that focus on basic governance knowledge and the essential skills required of cooperative directors. The CCD prepares directors to fulfill their fiduciary duty as elected officials serving on behalf of their membership. Now that Lindstedt has completed her CCD, she can pursue the Board Leadership Certificate available through NRECA.

Fall River Electric’s by-laws require all board directors to complete certification as a cooperative director which provides them with the essential skills required of co-op directors. President of Fall River’s Board of Directors Dede Draper said, “Our board has been impressed with Anna’s knowledge and at how dedicated she has been in accomplishing the training that is beneficial to the entire board.”

Lindstedt is employed by Friends of the Teton River and has been in Teton Valley since 2004. She was elected last year from District 4, which includes the northeastern portion of Driggs on eastward including the Alta area and then north along Highway 33 and east of N 500 W.

Jodi Stiehl Earns CCD from NRECA

Fall River Electric board member Jodi Stiehl of Island Park, ID recently earned her Credentialed Cooperative Director certificate (CCD) from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), which represents over 900 consumer-owned, not-for-profit electric providers in the United States. This first part of NRECA’s three-part Director Education Program, the Credentialed Cooperative Director program, consists ofContinue Reading

Fall River Electric Holds First-Ever Virtual Meeting

Fall River Electric’s annual meeting of members was conducted virtually for the first-time ever in the Co-op’s 82-year history. This was because of a decision made by the Cooperative’s board of directors to safeguard the members and staff from effects of the coronavirus. Owner-members cast their votes via online, mail-in and in-person to select representatives forContinue Reading

Fall River Office Doors Reopen

Following the expiration of the “stay-at-home” orders of Governors Little of Idaho and Bullock of Montana, and after the Co-op’s staff has spent nearly a month working from home, Fall River Electric brought staff back to the offices and reopened the doors to members and the general public on Friday, May 1, 2020. Members andContinue Reading

No Rate Increase for 2020

Effective October 1, 2019, the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) implemented rate increases for both wholesale power and transmission costs to 143 Northwest electric utility companies including Fall River Electric Cooperative. BPA is the primary source for Fall River’s wholesale power. After careful consideration, the 9-member elected board of Fall River Electric determined that the CooperativeContinue Reading

New Board Members Elected & Bylaw Changes Approved

Fall River Electric’s annual meeting of members was conducted on a beautiful Saturday, June 15th at North Fremont High School in Ashton, ID where nearly one thousand owner-members joined the Cooperative for breakfast.  Owner-members cast their votes via online, mail-in and in-person to select representatives for three board positions from a total of ten candidates. AContinue 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