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System Goals

System goals help the cooperative focus on its primary responsibilities to improve rates, reliability, customer service and safety—and be proactive in general. Seventy percent (70%) of the system goals were met in 2017. The goals tied to budget, system operations and overtime were not met due to storms.

2018 System Goals

Employee Goals


  1. No lost-time accidents during the year.

  2. Current year Workers’ Compensation experience modification rate shall not increase more than 5%.

  3. No verifiable member complaints regarding safety issues that could result in liability to the Cooperative.



  1. System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI) less than the average for the past three-year period*.

  2. System Average Interruption Frequency Index (SAIFI) less than the average for the past three-year period*.

  3. Complete 100% of the system maintenance plan.

    (* excludes outages originated from NWE’s system and events over 12 hours in duration)



  1. Total year-end Controllable Expenses will be within +/-5% of budget.

  2. Capital projects are completed on time and under budget.

  3. Overtime hours will be less than the average of the past three years.


Long-term Strategic Company Goals


  1. Meet annual TIER (1.25), DSC (1.25) and Equity (40%) targets according to long-term financial plan.


Reasonably Priced

  1. No overall, membership-wide rate increase (no increase in revenue requirements) over the next 4 years (2018 – 2022).

  2. BEC rates for the average monthly consumption (850 kWh) are within 5% of Montana Electric Cooperatives by 12/31/2023; excluding those Cooperatives served by BPA.

  3. BEC residential rates at 850 kWh hours per month will be equal to Northwestern Energy by 12/31/2023.


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