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Nespelem Valley Electric and Inland Power to Study Benefits of Possible Merger
Nespelem Valley Electric Cooperative, Inc. and Inland Power and Light Company are announcing that they are beginning preliminary discussions and studies regarding the feasibility of a merger between the two electrical cooperatives. Inland Power and Light serves about 39,000 accounts stretching from the Clarkston/Pomeroy area to the Wilbur/Grand Coulee Dam area in eastern Washington. Nespelem Valley Electric serves about 1,500 accounts mostly on the lands of the Colville Confederated Tribes.
The studies will be designed to determine if there would be mutual benefits to the member-consumers of the two cooperatives. If the study shows that there is the potential for cost savings to assist in maintaining lower electrical rates and the possibility of better service through economies of scale and other reasons the cooperatives may move forward to the next step. That step would be the sharing of the study results with our members through mailings and special meetings.
Any merger would have to be brought to the members of both cooperatives for a vote. State law requires any such merger has to be approved by 2/3’s of the members of each cooperatives with a least 25% of the membership voting.
No timeframe has been established for the completion of the study.
Board of Trustees
Ralph Rise - President
Nespelem Valley Electric Cooperative, Inc.
In the past five years, our power has been on 99.9% of the time! However, there are circumstances outside of our control such as weather and equipment failure that can cause power outages. If you experience an outage, take the following steps to ensure power will be restored to your home or business quickly and safely.
Check your fuses and breakers in your switchbox panel.
Report an outage to NVEC at (509) 634-4571 day or night. Please give your name, address, time of the outage and any unusual weather conditions. If the outage occurs outside the regular business hours (M-Th 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Fri 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) your call will forward to an answering service. An on-call employee will be paged to respond to your outage or emergency.
STAY AWAY from downed power lines, trees entangled in lines and broken utility poles.