Fall Foliage, Ovando, Montana

Then. Now. Always.

Posted: October 1, 2020

Proud to Power Your Life

Who would have fathomed that this Spring, COVID-19 would test our community and our nation? The ever-changing circumstances have created both challenges and opportunities. Over the past several months, we’ve all been challenged to operate differently, and MEC has stepped up to help our members and strengthen the safety net for our more vulnerable neighbors.

As an essential service, and to ensure reliability of your power supply, we modified our operations to safeguard business continuity. Our staff began working in small pods, apart from one another, to maintain separation. Some staff even worked remotely. In the office, we limited and modified meetings and gatherings to allow for safe separation. We also adjusted our walk-in office availability and in-person service calls to ensure the health and safety of our employees and our valued members. In addition, we made the challenging decision to cancel our Annual Meeting for the first time in 84 years, per the state’s recommendation to limit gathering sizes. For the health and safety of everyone, these measures were the prudent course of action during these unprecedented times.

With the pandemic, also came financial hardships. MEC prepared to waive late fees and make special payment accommodations for any members directly impacted by COVID-19. Along with our partners at Blackfoot and Energy Partners, MEC also provided funding to local schools, via the Electronic Equipment in Education (EEE) Program. This joint-partnership provided extra technological funds to ensure educators and students could participate in remote learning during the school year.

Our operating principle, concern for community, guided our transitions and helped us focus on the root of every decision – keeping our communities, members and employees safe. We’ve seen other local businesses rising to meet similar challenges during this time, because that’s what communities do. While the recent challenges have been daunting, watching the community pull together, was encouraging. MEC was built by the community, to serve the community, and that’s what we’ll continue to do – Power On.