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BEC Foundation 2021 Members’ Choice Contest Winner

Bandera Electric Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce the Silver Sage Community Center in Bandera as the winner of the 2021 Members’ Choice Contest.

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BEC Supports Local Event To Fund Classroom Grants

In keeping with its mission to help support the communities it serves, Bandera Electric Cooperative recently awarded a $3,500 donation to the Bandera ISD Education Foundation.

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BEC Inspires Utopia ISD Students

Bandera Electric Cooperative presented a safety and bucket truck demonstration to grades pre-kindergarten through eight, and the career path of a lineman to grades nine through 12 at Utopia ISD.

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BEC Foundation Awards Community Grants

Two nonprofit organizations within the Bandera Electric Cooperative service territory recently received BEC Foundation community project grants for the first-quarter grant cycle.

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Scholarship Winners Announced

Ten area students were recently selected as recipients of the Bandera Electric Cooperative Scholarship, an award of $2,500 for the 2021-2022 school year.
 

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BEC CEO Interviews on Boerne Radio

Bill Hetherington, BEC CEO, shares a reassuring message about rates and the status of BEC's distribution grid with Baron Wiley at Boerne Radio.

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BEC Welcomes Aguirre to Board of Directors

BEC welcomes Aguirre as new interim district director.

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BEC Restores Power Amid Extreme Weather Conditions and State-mandated Outages

Bandera Electric Cooperative, and all utilities across Texas, are experiencing an unprecedented event with state-mandated rolling power outages and extreme weather conditions.

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BEC Foundation Announces 2021 Members’ Choice Contest

BEC members will have the chance to make a difference in their community by nominating a nonprofit in the BEC service territory. Nominations will be accepted February 1 through March 15, 2021.
 

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BEC Wins Nearly $1.7 Million in FCC Rural Broadband Auction

BEC won more than $1.6 million in FCC Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Auction to deploy high-speed, fiber-optic broadband service.

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BEC Substation Dedicated to Jerry Word

BEC dedicated the Pipe Creek substation to recently retired BEC Board Director, Jerry Word.

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BEC Foundation Awards Community Grants

The BEC Foundation recently awarded two grants totaling $8,750 to local nonprofits.

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BEC Launches Energy $aver Program to Help Members Save Energy and Reduce Costs

On January 1, BEC launched a new, voluntary energy efficiency program to help members identify energy improvements and finance the costs on their monthly electric bill with no down payment required.

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BEC Donates $3,000 to Arms of Hope

BEC donated $3,000 to Arms of Hope just in time for Christmas.

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BEC Receives $15,000 in Grants to Install Electric Vehicle Charging Ports

Bandera Electric Cooperative recently received $15,000 in grants to install six electric vehicle (EV) chargers within its service territory.

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BEC, LCRA Award $3,683 Grant to Lakehills Area Library

Grant from BEC, LCRA will purchase new mobile shelves for the Lakehills Area Library, freeing up space for public events in the library’s much-used community room.

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BEC, LCRA Award $6,596 Grant to Frontier Times Museum

Bandera museum will install new energy-efficient windows to better protect exhibits, collections.

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BEC, LCRA Award $25,000 Grant To Help Fund Museum’s New Wing

Bandera Natural History Museum adding New Spain art collection with help of grant from BEC, LCRA.

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BEC, LCRA Award $21,000 Grant to Expand Recycling Efforts in Real County

Keep it Real Beautiful (KIRB) will soon purchase its own recycling equipment and expand its outreach program, thanks to a $21,000 grant from BEC, LCRA.

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Substation Dedicated in Honor of Retired BEC Director

On November 6, BEC celebrated the completion of an upgrade to the Tarpley substation by dedicating it to Douglas R. "Rob" Sandidge, a recently retired BEC board member.

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BEC Helps Medina Community Library Reach Sustainability Goal

Bandera Electric Cooperative recently commissioned a 23.4 kilowatt solar installation on the new addition of the Medina Community Library. The solar system was part of a planned initiative to make the library sustainable.

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BEC Winter Time-Based Usage Rates Take Effect

This optional program provides different energy rates based on the season and time of day energy is used. It more accurately reflects the actual cost of energy.

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BEC Foundation Grants Fight Fires, Feed Community

Two nonprofit organizations within the Bandera Electric Cooperative service territory recently received more than $4,600 in BEC Foundation grants.

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Electric Co-ops Deliver (Again) for Rural Texas

Electric cooperatives are poised to do what cable and telecom companies don't want to do – provide rural Texans with access to high-speed broadband and support their local communities.

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Bandera Electric Cooperative Reaches New Milestone in Workplace Safety

BEC reached 1.5 million hours without a lost time injury on September 17. The new record marks eight years since the last lost time accident in July 2012.

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What You Need to Know About Service Disconnects During COVID-19

After six months of suspending disconnects, BEC will resume the disconnection process for deliquent accounts beginning October 5, 2020. We encourage members to contact us immediately to set up payment arrangements to avoid disconnection when possible.

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BEC Scholarships and Youth Tour Applications Open

In 2021, BEC will award ten $2,500 scholarships and send four high school students to Washington, D.C., on a weeklong, all-expense-paid trip in 2021 to experience all the nation’s capital has to offer.

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BEC 81st Annual Meeting a Success

 Bandera Electric Cooperative held its 81st Annual Meeting of the Membership on Saturday, August 15 virtually with 365 concurrent attendees, a 4.29% increase over 2019 attendance.
 

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BEC Implements Change Management to Improve Member Experiences

Bandera Electric Cooperative recently implemented change management to strengthen operations and increase productivity, while maintaining focus on member experiences.
 

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BEC Board Approves Increasing Capital Credit Payments to Members

The Bandera Electric Cooperative Board of Directors recently approved a 67% increase to capital credit payments to the membership.

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BEC Foundation Awards $20,000 in Community Grants

Two nonprofit organizations within the Bandera Electric Cooperative service territory were recently awarded BEC Foundation grants for the second quarter.

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BEC Fiber Upgrades Network for Increased Speed and Redundancy

Bandera Electric Cooperative recently improved its overall fiber network performance.

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BEC invites members to attend a virtual Annual Meeting of the Membership

The 2020 Bandera Electric Cooperative Annual Meeting of the Membership has been changed from an in-person meeting to a virtual meeting due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

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BEC Introduces New Distributed Generation Time-Based Usage Program

The new program was developed due to increased demand from DG members. During the rate development, an analysis was conducted using a random sampling of DG members’ energy usage during 2019. When the new DG TBU rates were compared to standard rates, all members in the study saved money. Members who change their energy habits could potentially save even more.

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LCRA, BEC Offering Grants of up to $50,000 for Community Projects

The Lower Colorado River Authority and its wholesale electric customers, including BEC, are offering grants of up to $50,000 for community projects throughout LCRA’s wholesale power, water and transmission service territory.

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BEC launches new, innovative app for account management

Bandera Electric Cooperative launches new, innovative app for account management. Its previous app, SmartHub, will be phased out at the end of 2020.

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BEC Earns Top Industry Satisfaction Scores

Bandera Electric Cooperative recently redefined its mission to Lighting the Grid to Empower Members, and its vision to Reimagining Rural America. BEC developed new strategic initiatives to improve financial outcomes and employee engagement, increase energy efficiency and reliability, and expand fiber broadband reach. BEC’s strategic initiatives each play a role in the overall goal of achieving member satisfaction.

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BEC, LCRA Award $16,212 Grant To Waring Volunteer Fire Department

A $16,212 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Bandera Electric Cooperative will provide the Waring Volunteer Fire Department with new bunker gear and swift-water rescue equipment.

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BEC, LCRA Award $39,600 Grant To Comfort Volunteer Fire Department

A $39,600 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Bandera Electric Cooperative will help the Comfort Volunteer Fire Department replace its station’s worn-out roof.

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BEC, LCRA Award $19,998 Grant To Pipe Creek Volunteer Firefighters

A $19,998 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Bandera Electric Cooperative will help the Pipe Creek Volunteer Fire Department purchase a much-needed all-terrain vehicle and vertical rescue equipment.

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BEC Fiber Exceeds Expectations

Bandera Electric Cooperative has made significant progress expanding its fiber network over the past three years. By the end of April, BEC surpassed its 2020 year-end goal of connecting 1,000 additional members, and on May 1 reached another milestone of connecting 6,000 subscribers.

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Vehicle Collision Affects Phone, Electric and Broadband Services

More than 500 BEC members lost power in the early morning hours on Wednesday, May 6, after a drunk driver destroyed two electric poles in the Boerne area.

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A COVID-19 Update

As a critical infrastructure provider, Bandera Electric Cooperative (BEC) provides essential services of electricity and broadband to its members and was exempt from Governor Abbott’s social distancing and stay at home orders. Nevertheless, when the Governor issued these orders, BEC made changes to work locations and processes to protect the health and safety of our members.

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BEC Donates $6,000 to Local Food Banks

Bandera Electric Cooperative recently made a $1,500 contribution to each of the four local food pantries spread throughout its service territory to assist with increased demand on food supplies during the coronavirus crisis.

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BEC Expands Broadband Reach to Help PCCS Students

Bandera Electric Cooperative recently expanded its free internet for education program to include Pipe Creek Christian School.

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BEC Foundation Awards $24,000 In Community Grants

Six nonprofit organizations within the Bandera Electric Cooperative service territory were recently awarded BEC Foundation grants for the first quarter. The BEC Foundation board awarded the grants based on its charitable giving guidelines and predetermined criteria.

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BEC Welcomes Blakemore to Board of Directors

The Bandera Electric Cooperative Board of Directors recently appointed Christopher Blakemore to its board as the interim District 7 Director. The District 7 Director represents Lakehills, Medina Lake, and Mico areas.

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BEC Fiber Increases Broadband Speeds During Coronavirus Crisis

BEC Fiber, a division of Bandera Electric Cooperative, has temporarily increased existing broadband internet packages between 25 and 75 megabits per second up to 150 mbps to alleviate the need during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

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BEC Foundation Provides Financial Support to Bring Broadband Internet Access to Bandera ISD Students

Bandera Electric Cooperative has been working with Bandera ISD to provide a no-cost solution to disadvantaged students who lack internet access amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis.

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BEC Announces 2020 Scholarship Winners

Ten area students were recently selected as recipients of the Bandera Electric Cooperative Scholarship, an award of $2,500 for the 2020-2021 school year.

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BEC Temporarily Suspends Disconnections And Postpones Annual Meeting

Bandera Electric Cooperative has temporarily suspended disconnections and waived late fees to support its members who have been financially impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) health event. This decision is meant to provide temporary relief to members during these challenging times.

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BEC 2020 Youth Tour Winners Announced

Four area high school students will get the chance to see democracy in action this June at the 2020 National Electric Cooperative Government-in-Action Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. The all-expense paid trip is sponsored by Bandera Electric Cooperative.

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BEC Fills the Need of Bandera Pharmacy

BEC Fiber comes to the rescue of Bandera pharmacy after it loses internet, phone service and business.

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BEC Foundation awards $25,000 in community grants for the Members’ Choice Contest

Five nonprofit organizations within the Bandera Electric Cooperative service territory were recently awarded BEC Foundation grants through the Members’ Choice Contest.

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BEC, LCRA Award $10,636 Grant to Utopia Volunteer EMS

BEC and the Lower Colorado River Authority award $10,636 grant for new two-way radios to Utopia Volunteer EMS.

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BEC, LCRA Award $15,676 Grant to Tarpley VFD

BEC and LCRA award $15,676 grant for new radios to aid first responders at Tarpley VFD.

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BEC, LCRA Award $23,000 Grant to Comfort VFW Post 8569

BEC and LCRA award $23,000 grant to area veterans of foreign wars for buidling improvements in Comfort.

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BEC Competes at International Lineman's Rodeo

BEC competes at the 2019 International Lineman's Rodeo in Overland Park, Kansas.

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BEC Crews Restore Power to Nearly 4,000 Members

Before dawn on Tuesday, October 29, power went out for more than 3,900 members in the Leakey and surrounding areas. Bandera Electric Cooperative crews were quick to respond, and located the source of the problem on an LCRA transmission line just outside of the BEC service territory.

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New Education Foundation Blossoms With BEC Donation

BEC recently presented The Comfort Education Foundation with a $2,500 donation for teacher classroom enhancement project grants at Comfort ISD.

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BEC Foundation Provides Grants for Youth

The BEC Foundation recently granted more than $5,000 to organizations that provide services to youth in Bandera County.

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BEC Solar Installs First Commercial Solar System in San Antonio

BEC Solar, the renewable energy subsidiary of Bandera Electric Cooperative, recently completed the installation of its first commercial solar energy system at Bauhaus Media Group in San Antonio.

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BEC 80th Annual Meeting A Success

Bandera Electric Cooperative held its 80th Annual Meeting on May 18 at Mansfield Park in Bandera, and 350 member-owners and 128 guests attended. BEC CEO Bill Hetherington highlighted several areas of growth in 2018 for the cooperative.

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Texas Legislature Poised For Biggest Broadband Push In State History But Still Catching Up

1.8 million Texans lack broadband Internet access, and most of them live in rural Texas. Studies from the U.S. chamber and others have shown the massive impact connecting Texas could have. This is part one of a multi-part series focusing on Connecting Rural Texas.

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BEC Recognizes Lineman Appreciation Day With Thanks & Donation

In observance of national Lineman Appreciation Day on April 18, Bandera Electric Cooperative donated $3,000 to the Fallen Linemen Organization April 25.
 

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BEC Announces 2019 Scholarship Winners

Ten area outstanding students have been selected as recipients of the BEC Scholarship, an award of $2,500 for the 2019-2020 school year.

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BEC 2019 Youth Tour Winners Announced

Bandera, Texas - Four area high school students will get the chance to see democracy in action this June at the 2019 National Electric Cooperative Government-in-Action Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. The all-expense paid trip is sponsored by Bandera Electric Cooperative.

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BEC Sponsors Comfort ISD’s Shattered Dreams Program

Bandera, Texas - On Friday, Feb. 15, employees from Bandera Electric Cooperative presented Comfort ISD with a check for $1,500 to fund their Shattered Dreams program. 
 
Shattered Dreams is a two-day, school-based program that promotes responsible decision-making among high school students regarding underage drinking and impaired driving. 

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BEC Distributes Coats to Those in Need

With the help of BEC members and employees, more than 250 coats were distributed in January.

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San Antonio's Internet Speeds Higher Than National Average

The average internet speed in San Antonio puts it among the top five U.S. cities, according to internet speed tests captured by Ookla, a Seattle-based technology company.

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BEC Fiber Featured in San Antonio Business Journal

For years, the top executive of a rural electric cooperative attempted to cajole major telecommunications companies to invest in fiber internet to connect residents between Austin and San Antonio — to no avail.
Since then, Bandera Electric Cooperative launched its own fiber internet business, BEC Fiber, and is ahead of projections to hook up 2,000 Texas Hill Country residents and companies northwest of San Antonio by the end of the year.

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BEC Community Coat Drive

BEC is asking for your help this season. We will be collecting new and gently used coats through November 16, to give to those in need in the BEC service territory. Designated donation boxes are set up at our office locations in Bandera, Boerne, Comfort and Leakey.  

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BEC Donates Supplies, Funds to Area School Districts

BEC members and employees help make the BEC Powering Education School Supply Drive a success.

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Upgrade of Existing Leakey to Utopia Transmission Line in Bandera and Real Counties

Upgrades underway for Leakey to Utopia transmission line in Bandera and Real counties.

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BEC Fiber Rollout Ahead of Schedule

BEC Fiber is adding connections at record speed.

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BEC Journeyman Team Win Best in State

BEC journeymen: Best in Texas!

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BEC Powering Education School Supply Drive Underway

BEC is taking donations for the BEC Powering Education School Supply Drive at all office locations through Friday, August 17.

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BEC Employees Hit 1 Million Hours ‘No Lost Time’

BEC employees hit a safety milestone in June.

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BEC, LCRA Award Grant to Bandera Natural History Museum

BEC and the Lower Colorado River Authority awarded a $25,000 community development grant to the Bandera Natural History Museum. The museum will use the grant and more than $7,800 in matching contributions to install a new rainwater catchment system.

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BEC, LCRA Award Grant to Vanderpool VFD

An area prone to flash flooding will get a new rescue vehicle thanks to a $16,512 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) and BEC.

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BEC Fiber Alerts Customers of News of Malware

BEC Fiber is alerting its customers concerning the recent news of malicious software (malware) attacks on certain consumer grade routers. At least 500,000 small office/home office (SOHO) router devices in at least 54 countries could be infected by a sophisticated and potentially destructive malware known as “VPNFilter,” according to news outlets and Cisco’s cyber-intelligence unite Talos.

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