Bear Valley Electric Continues to Power Through on Outage Repair; Additional Crews Coming to Big Bear

Bear Valley Electric crews continue to power through and make progress on electric outages in the Big Bear Valley. According to Operations Supervisor John Dykesten this afternoon [January 26], “We’re making steady progress, and almost got most of our major outages restored.” Among those service areas to be restored since Monday are the … [Read more...]

Big Bear Valley in Recovery from Epic Storm; Monday Morning Update on Power, Roads, Schools, Mail, Emergency Shelter

The "storm of the decade" has made for an adventure in rugged (yet beautiful) mountain living.

Big Bear Valley, CA -- Last week’s storms were epic, in that we received five feet of snow in the Big Bear Valley, prompting a state of emergency to be declared by the County of San Bernardino. Though we had a beautiful, sunny weekend, many of us (if not most of us) have gone hours or even days without power, phone, cable, Internet, water and … [Read more...]

Trees Down and Lights Out; Bear Valley Electric Working to Restore Thursday Afternoon Outage (Update: Weather-Prompted Outages Continue Into Saturday)

All available Bear Valley Electric personnel have been working 'round the clock during this week's storms.

Big Bear Valley, CA -- The lights went out in the Big Bear Valley, just before 2pm on Thursday, January 21. Affected areas include the South Shore communities, east of the Village of Big Bear Lake and including Moonridge, Sugarloaf and Erwin Lake (as well as the studios of KBHR in Big Bear City), according to Bear Valley Electric. Those on the … [Read more...]

Bear Valley Electric Crews Work Through the Night to Replace Storm-Toppled Power Poles; Electricity Expected in Baldwin Lake This Afternoon (Update: Lights On!)

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Big Bear Valley - Baldwin Lake, CA -- Yesterday afternoon [January 18] just before 12:30pm, strong winds up to and exceeding 60 miles per hour resulted in (we’re told, now) five Bear Valley Electric power poles being sheared in the Baldwin Lake area, resulting in a near Valley-wide power outage. By 3:30pm, power was briefly restored to all Valley … [Read more...]

Consecutive Power Outages Kept Lights Out in the Big Bear Valley

Big Bear wind sheared power poles

At approximately 12:25pm this afternoon, electricity was lost in many areas of the Big Bear Valley.  Upon investigation, Bear Valley Electric reported four sheared power poles were downed on Baldwin Lake Road near the Baldwin Lake stables.  High winds, gusting up to 60 miles per hour, are believed to have created the problem.  Power was briefly … [Read more...]

Lights Out: High Winds Over 60MPH Topple Main Power Poles to Most of Big Bear Valley

Big Bear Sheared Power Poles

At approximately 12:25pm this afternoon, electricity was lost in many areas of the Big Bear Valley.  Upon investigation, Bear Valley Electric reported four power poles were downed on Baldwin Lake Road near the Baldwin Lake stables.  Crews are working to restore power and expect that the majority of the valley will regain power shortly.  For … [Read more...]

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DWP’s Water Rate Restructuring Is a Go; City Council Votes 3-2 in Favor of Water Rate Increase

Water rates are going up for Big Bear Lake Department of Water and Power customers, given last night’s 3-2 vote by City Council in favor of the rate restructuring. The first of two increases, which averages nine percent, takes effect in January, with a second increase of nine percent for all customer classes scheduled for 18 months later, in July … [Read more...]

CPUC Approves General Rate Increase for Bear Valley Electric Customers; 19.97 Percent Rate Increase to Be Phased In Over Four Years

It has been 13 years since Bear Valley Electric customers have experienced a general base rate increase but, come the November billing cycle, the base rate for electricity will go up 15.85 percent. In September, Administrative Law Judge Farrar ruled with a proposed decision in the BVES rate case and, as of October 15, the California Public … [Read more...]

Bear Valley Electric to Process Financial Assistance Applications on Tuesday; Low-Income Households Can Get Aid for Utility Bills

Families and individuals who could use financial assistance with utility bills can start readying the paperwork, as Bear Valley Electric Service will be hosting HEAP application processing next week. Starting next Tuesday morning, October 27 at 9am, applications for HEAP, which stands for the Home Energy Assistance Program, will be accepted for the … [Read more...]