May 2019 LightREADING Newsletter

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How will demand change my bill?

At their February meeting, the Flathead Electric Cooperative (FEC) Board of Trustees approved a residential rate structure which includes a new residential demand charge. The Board also approved a 0% rate revenue increase for all rate classes for the coming year, meaning the Co-op isn’t collecting any more money, we’re just slightly changing the way we collect it from members. Demand (kW) measures the maximum amount of power you require each billing period during Flathead Electric’s peak hours when our costs are higher (7-10 a.m. and 5-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding major holidays). Changing the rate structure to include a demand charge means that some members may pay a little less, and some may pay a little more, depending on the demand they require during peak periods.

Did you notice your new bill design?

This new rate structure will be reflected on residential bills starting in June making it easy for you to review your demand each month and monitor it over time. Here’s what you can expect to see.

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Historic kWh and kW amounts.
Historic kWh and kW amounts.
Your monthly demand measurement.
Your monthly demand measurement.
Your demand (kW) is multiplied by $0.26 to determine your demand charge for the month.
Your demand (kW) is multiplied by $0.26 to determine your demand charge for the month.
Starting in June, your energy charges are being reduced to offset the new demand charge.
Starting in June, your energy charges are being reduced to offset the new demand charge.
Shows when your highest demand was reached.
Shows when your highest demand was reached.
Rate Calculator

New Rate Calculator

To find out how this rate structure will impact your bill, check out our new residential demand rate calculator.

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Tips to control/reduce demand

This new rate design gives members one more way to control their costs by making small changes in household activities. Here are some tips to consider:

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During peak hours, spread out the use of major appliances rather than running them at the same time.
During peak hours, spread out the use of major appliances rather than running them at the same time.
Set timers to run your dishwasher, clothes dryer and other appliances outside of peak hours.
Set timers to run your dishwasher, clothes dryer and other appliances outside of peak hours.
Do laundry and other chores that require significant amounts of electricity mid-day, later in the evening, or on weekends (outside of peak hours).
Do laundry and other chores that require significant amounts of electricity mid-day, later in the evening, or on weekends (outside of peak hours).
Purchase a programmable thermostat to reduce heating and air conditioning usage during peak hours...
Purchase a programmable thermostat to reduce heating and air conditioning usage during peak hours…
FEC is even offering a NEW rebate program for our electric heat members. Earn a $100 rebate for the purchase of a smart thermostat which can help you reduce your demand by controlling when you heat and cool your home.
Earn a $100 rebate for the purchase of a smart thermostat which can help you reduce your demand by controlling when you heat and cool your home. (Link below.)

 

FEC is even offering a NEW thermostat rebate program for our electric heat members. Earn a $100 rebate for the purchase of a smart thermostat which can help you reduce your demand by controlling when you heat and cool your home.

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Member Survey Open

We want your feedback!

We Want Your FeedbackAs part of Flathead Electric Co-op’s ongoing effort to best meet the needs of our members, we are conducting a survey on how members interact with and view their Co-op. Survey participants will be entered to win one of five $50 electric bill credits. The survey is open until June 15 and is available online. Members without access to a computer can call Wendy at (406) 751-1820 to take the survey via phone.

Flathead Electric Co-op encourages members to participate in the survey as your feedback is very important in helping us provide the best possible service to all members.

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ELECTION RESULTS

Incumbent Trustees (in blue) held their seats.

Your Cooperative’s 2019 Board of Trustee Election had a total of 6,060 ballots counted. See the graphic below for detailed information on how those votes played out.

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Stacey Schnebel retained her seat in District #1 (Columbia Falls to Essex) with 5,506 votes. She ran unopposed.
Stacey Schnebel retained her seat in District #1 (Columbia Falls to Essex) with 5,506 votes. She ran unopposed.
Doug Grob retained his seat in District #4 (Helena Flats, Columbia Falls Stage) with 3,279 votes. He was opposed by Wallace Sutton who received 2,614 votes.
Doug Grob retained his seat in District #4 (Helena Flats, Columbia Falls Stage) with 3,279 votes. He was opposed by Wallace Sutton who received 2,614 votes.
Gary Boe retained his seat in District #7 (Kalispell, South of Highway 2) with 4,546 votes. He was opposed by Shawn Benware who received 1,295 votes.
Gary Boe retained his seat in District #7 (Kalispell, South of Highway 2) with 4,546 votes. He was opposed by Shawn Benware who received 1,295 votes.

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Co-op Connection

Get to know the people working for you.

Bill-LeiningerBill Leininger, Roundup for Safety Director-District # 8

Q. What do you bring to your Co-op?

A. Being a Realtor here for the past 24 years, I am very aware of the diverse needs of people throughout the Co-op service area.

Q. What’s the best thing about working as a Roundup for Safety Director?

A. Watching the outstanding people that step up to contribute time and money to help others. I have the opportunity to participate in that effort.

Q. If you had a super-power, what would it be?

A. I am so blessed to have a “super power,” and it is my wife, Anita.  I am fortunate to have served on many different boards in the Valley over the years and that would not be possible without her support.

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Roundup Report

Roundup for Safety Grant to provide safer police interactions in Libby

Libby Officer wearing camera
Libby Officer wearing camera

A $5,000 Roundup for Safety grant will help provide officers of the Libby Police Department with body worn cameras to document their interaction with the community. Libby Police Chief Scott Kessel says the cameras are a proven resource that protects both the public and the officers.

“Studies have found that police are more proactive in preventing crime when they wear a camera. The devices also help enhance evidence for cases that progress to courts; provide more relevant training based on analysis of captured footage; foster rapid resolution of complaints, due to the existence of video evidence; and increase law enforcement’s increased transparency with the public.”

Body Camera
Body Camera

Roundup for Safety is a voluntary program for FEC members who round up their electric bills to the next dollar. This money goes into a fund for community safety projects.

To apply for a Roundup for Safety grant, visit Roundup for Safety. Thank you to the thousands of Flathead Electric members who round up their bill for safety! Together, we are making a difference in our community.

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