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Manager's Article

Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act of 2015

At Missoula Electric Cooperative (MEC) we are constantly working to improve system reliability, and vegetation management is a critical component of our program, both on and off federal land.  We strive to keep our rights-of-way clear and the adjacent property free from hazard trees.  It is because of this that we strongly support H.R. 2358, the Electricity Reliability and Forest Protection Act of 2015, a bill introduced by Montana’s own Congressman Ryan Zinke that sets new standards and timelines for federal actions regarding vegetation management.

The cornerstone of our reliability effort is our System Maintenance and Reliability Taskforce or SMART.  The SMART program is an integrated maintenance program focused on proactive vegetation management, system-wide installation of wildlife protection wherever possible, and routine equipment inspection and maintenance.  
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What is a Grassroots Movement?


A grassroots movement is a community-centered movement focusing on preserving or advancing the values of the community. The need for grassroots movements stems from the inequity between the interests of small, often isolated interest groups and the traditional power structure. More often than not, grassroots movements are associated with political parties and offices at all levels of government.

Our grassroots program - MEC Roots -  is all about preserving the quality of life our members enjoy by virtue of stable electricity prices delivered by a not-for-profit electric cooperative.  

By signing up for MEC Roots, you can take a more active role in your Cooperative. When you sign up, we will send you a quarterly newsletter covering the challenges that face the Cooperative and ultimately, your rates. When we need a little extra support, we will engage our members to contact their representatives to support or oppose an issue that may have a significant impact on the Cooperative. Read more.




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