address energy issues whether it is supply or environmentally friendly production. Whether it is providing rebates to residential members who purchase energy saving appliances or providing consultation to businesses on energy efficient lighting programs available, employees at FEC are committed to providing you with the knowledge you need to be more energy efficient. In fact, Flathead Electric Board Trustees made a solid commitment in this year's strategic planning session to devote more resources to energy conservation. This year we implemented website tools that provide members with an energy library and energy calculators and we have always provided conservation tips on the website and in our newsletters. Our human resources at the Co-op are here to help and can answer questions about the best way of conserving your electricity in your home or business and we are developing innovative ways to help in the future.
This Home Energy Calculator is found
These are some of the main priorities for the Co-op right now. We want to keep you informed about what is happening and how these challenges are being addressed. Flathead Electric is looking out for you, our member-owners. You put your trust in us and we will always keep our commitment to provide you with cost-effective and reliable power while making sure we stay informed about state-of-the-art energy technology. Why? Because that's what the Cooperative Difference is all about.
Your Co-op Becomes More Efficient
An Investment in New "TWAC" Meter Reading Technology Saves Time and Money
No, it's not Elmer Fudd talking...it's a 'two-way automated communication' meter. TWAC meters help your Co-op improve service to you. These meters are equipped with the technology to connect a meter to our computer system in the Kalispell office. Power lines send a reading of your electricity usage to us every 24 hours. We will no longer need to send meter readers to the service to get a reading each month.
Two additional benefits include giving Your Co-op Becomes More Efficient us the ability to 'ping' a meter to get voltage information within seconds to check for outages. And, the daily readings are archived so we can assist members in understanding their electricity usage patterns.
Our metering staff is removing mechanical meters that may have been in service for more than twenty years. In some instances, the meter bases are so old they may need attention or repair in order to install the TWAC meter. FEC can handle minor corrections, but most will need the aid of a licensed electrician. In either case, we will work with you to ensure that the power won't be off for more than a few minutes.
As of the end of May, we have installed over 28,000 TWAC meters on our system. The Metering employees are currently changing meters in the Whitefish and Columbia Falls areas. Our goal is to have the whole system automated by the end of 2007.
Basin Electric Scholarship Awarded to Kelly Niebaum
One-year Scholarship is Part of the Co-op's Membership with Basin
Kelly Niebaum, daughter of Dirk and Lori Niebaum, was awarded the one-year Basin Electric Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship is made possible due to Flathead Electric's membership with Basin. Basin Electric supplies a portion of our power and provides this opportunity to dependents of our members. Kelly said, "I plan on attending a private christian college where I can connect my education with my faith." She will attend Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, participating in their honors program. Her studies will focus on Psychology. Eventually, Kelly plans on involving herself in an international study program with missions work around the world.
Updated: Tuesday, June 26, 2007