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Volume 17 Issue 2
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approve rate decrease
The board members of
Flathead Electric Cooperative are constantly challenging the staff to find
ways to lower costs and rates to our members. At the December meeting, the
board announced a rate decrease for over 44,000 residential and small
commercial members amounting to more than $2 million in 2005. This action
follows the 2003 reduction in the basic charge from $21 to $16 for the same
members. Residential and small commercial accounts represent 90 percent of
the meters billed each month.
The Co-op has exceeded the goals needed to satisfy our obligations to our
lenders and improved our financial standing enough to pass a rate decrease
to our members. Internal cost controls, lower than expected maintenance,
customer service and interest costs and expected lower wholesale power costs
allowed the board to pass along the results of these efficiencies. That’s
what a co-op is all about; we do well, the members do well.
The decrease became effective with bills sent out
starting Jan. 5. The rate per kilowatt hour decreased from 6.22 cents to 5.9
cents. The decrease amounts to more than $3 per month for residential
members, or $38 per year.
Bruce Measure, recent Flathead Electric board president who resigned after
being appointed by Governor Schweitzer to the Northwest Power Planning and
Conservation Council, said, “We are once again operating on all cylinders;
we have a Flathead Electric that our members can trust. We’ve rebuilt our
financial condition, we’re rejuvenating our system, keeping up with the
Valley’s booming growth, given members two rate decreases because of a great
group of employees and are providing the best service of any utility
Another benefit of the financial stability of the
Cooperative will come in February, when members who were with the Co-op in
1982 and 1983 receive about $725,000 of capital credit refunds.
Be sure to look for your Annual Meeting notices in the
mail in March. By attending the meeting on March 26, you’ll be able to see
and hear about other good things the Cooperative has accomplished in 2004
and projections for 2005.
represent Montana on power council
Downen takes over as
president of Flathead Electric board
Gov. Brian Schweitzer
has appointed Bruce Measure, 2004 president of the Flathead Electric Board
of Trustees, as one of two Montana representatives on the Northwest Power
and Conservation Council.
Measure, a Kalispell attorney, was first elected to the
Flathead Electric board in March 2002 representing District 7, south
Kalispell. Subsequent to his appointment to the council, he resigned as a
Flathead Electric trustee to avoid a conflict of interest.
The council was created by Congress to represent the
interests of Bonneville Power Administration consumers in Montana, Idaho,
Oregon and Washington.
After Measure’s resignation from the FEC board, Jay
Downen of Whitefish was elected as president.
The board is in the process of selecting a replacement
for Measure to serve until elections following the March 26 Annual Meeting.
The candidate elected will serve the remaining two years of Measure’s term.
Congratulations to Measure on his appointment to this