Tag: BVES

Donations Make Thanksgiving Dreams Come True

Big Bear Lake, CA, December 2, 2013 – Charity was alive and well over the holiday. One example–Bear Valley Electric Service (BVES) gave its usual 150 turkeys to the Elks Lodge, who distributed Thanksgiving food bags to local families in need. Each bag held the makings of a feast: including a turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, corn, green beans, and rolls. The agency has partnered with the Elks Lodge to provide the dinners  for over 10 years. As Customer Service Superintendent Gabrielle Medina said, “During this time of the year, we want every family to be able to experience the joy that comes with sharing a Thanksgiving meal with their loved ones.” BVES is a division of Golden State Water Company and distributes electricity to over 23,000 customers in San Bernardino...

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Energy Efficiency Means Cash

Big Bear Lake, CA, November 25, 2013 – Bear Valley Electric Service is giving its customers plenty of incentive to increase their energy efficiency, through its Business Lighting Rebate Program. BVES recently gave the Bear Valley Unified School District a rebate for nearly $18,900 to help offset the costs of installing new energy-efficient CFL lighting that will cut lighting costs by nearly 50%. In 2003, BVES and BVUSD replaced outdated school lighting from the 1950s and 1960s with more efficient technology. Ten years later, there is even better, more cost- effective lighting technology available, and it made sense for the district to upgrade. BVES Director Harry Scarborough said his agency  is committed to helping their customers save money “through programs that are good for their bottom line and the environment.” For most nonresidential customers, lighting represents one of the biggest users of electricity. More information on BVES Commercial Energy Efficiency Programs, are available online or call the Customer Service Center at (909)...

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Fallen Tree Causes Widespread Power Outage

Big Bear Valley, CA October 10, 2013 – The Big Bear Valley experienced a widespread electricity outage Wednesday night, due to a tree limb falling on a 34.5 Kv power line near the intersection of Park Avenue and Eureka Drive. At the time, the area was experiencing high wind gusts in excess of 50 mph and being blanketed with 2 to 3 inches of heavy, wet snow. The outage affected 25,000 customers for approximately 90 minutes. According to Karuna Warren, Operations Manager at Bear Valley Electric Service, crews were on scene by 7:45 p.m. and removed the branch with no apparent damage to the line. Service was restored by 8:41 p.m. Follow KBHR on Twitter for mobile...

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Electric Bills Will Decrease Slightly in Big Bear

Big Bear Lake, CA, August 2, 2013 – The expiration and reduction of two surcharges will allow Bear Valley Electric Service (BVES) to pass on over $1,200,000 in savings to its customers each year. For the average full-time, residential customer, that means a savings of $4 per month. As of May 2013, BVES was able to reduce the California Renewable Portfolio Standard surcharge by 1.4%. This surcharge allows BVES to meet its state mandate to procure 33% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020. In addition, the California Emergency Management Agency surcharge expired in June, resulting in a reduction of 2.98% on the average residential bill. BVES Director Harry Scarborough explains, “BVES strives to provide its customers with reliable electricity at the best rate possible. By reducing and eliminating these surcharges, we’re able to pass on the savings to our customers, which help the average customer save almost $50 each year on their electric bill.” The agency is responsible for engineering, system operation and maintenance, planning, meter reading, accounting, and purchasing quality for its entire electrical infrastructure, which serves approximately 23,000 customers throughout the valley. For more information on rates, visit www.bves.com/rates-and-regulations, or call the Customer Service Center at (909)...

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BVES To Aid Power Recovery After Sandy

Big Bear Lake, CA, November 1, 2012, 11am – Bear Valley Electric Service is sending a Restoration Crew of five linemen and an Engineering Inspector to the east coast to help in emergency power restoration efforts following the devastation from Superstorm Sandy. The storm has caused power outages to about 8 million customers in 15 states. The restoration travel team is all local residents of Big Bear, and will join with crews from other utilities to help install and repair power poles, transformers and power lines that have been damaged by the storm. The team is expected to be gone for two to four weeks. The initial staging site is located in New Jersey. Big Bear customers will not be effected by any of the expense in their...

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