|May 8, 2014
Mission Valley Power celebrates 25 years of service
By Adriana Fehrs
Dalene Gardipe, Mission Valley Power Customer Service Manager, displays the custom cake made for the 25-year celebration Mission Valley hosted on April 30. (Adriana Fehrs photo)
PABLO — Mission Valley Power (MVP) celebrated 25 years of service at their annual meeting on April 30. The meeting proved to be one of the largest that MVP has hosted; over 400 account holders were in attendance.
Ralph Goode, MVP General Manager, handled the microphone for the night, which was greatly needed for the large gathering in the MVP warehouse. Several large food lines formed, while hungry eyes awaited the delicatessen and nostrils breathed in the aroma of mashed potatoes, gravy, and roast beef.
Ralph Goode, Mission Valley Power General Manager, orchestrated a slide show at the Mission Valley Power 25-Year Celebration that showcased Mission Valley Power’s many accomplishments. (Adriana Fehrs photo)
Several stands were set up in the warehouse for MVP account holder to view. Geri Hall, MVP Senior Customer Representative, set up a stand for the new prepay meters – a payment option that allows for an account holder to pay for their power as they use it. LED lights were also showcased, and Caldbeck Construction was there to promote their ductless heating pumps. Byram Caldbeck, owner, says “The ductless heat pumps are energy efficient so they save money, they provide air conditioning, and I’m just excited about the whole thing.”
Bud Moran, BIA Flathead Agency Superintendent, spoke during the Mission Valley Power 25-years-of-service-celebration. “I’d like to thank Ralph [Goode] and the Mission Valley Power staff for a successful utility,” says Moran. (Adriana Fehrs photo)
Bud Moran, Superintendent for the BIA, congratulated the staff. “I can’t thank Ralph and the staff enough for their endeavors – the board of directors, the consumer council; they’ve been here since the beginning. Thank you to Ralph and the MVP staff for this successful utility.”
In the 25 years MVP has been in service, safety has always been at the forefront of their concerns – both for the employees and rate payers. Goode says during his presentation, “We have the top of the line equipment so we can operate safely.”
MVP also celebrates an increase in account holders. In 1988 MVP had 1,200 meters and that number has continued to climb to 19,000 today. Goode takes pride in how MVP has strived to be one of the lowest in energy costs. “We have always been in the lower twentieth percentile.”
Geri Hall, Mission Valley Power Senior Customer Service Representative, holds up a prepay meter at one of the stands that were set up at the MVP 25 year celebration. The newly implemented meter allows ratepayers to pay-as-they-go, another reason people celebrated at the dinner. (Adriana Fehrs photo)
“In 25 years MVP has gone through many changes,” says Goode. Many of their substation and power lines have had major work done. “Of the 147 miles of transmission power line, 89 miles have been rebuilt and ten miles of new line was built.”
Customer service has improved through out the years as well. Payment drop boxes throughout the reservation, online billing and payments; pay by phone; and Valley Bank locations that take MVP payments have all been implemented to make bill paying easier for customers.
Energy efficiency and conservation was the last topic Goode touched on during his slideshow. He says, “MVP customers have saved enough energy since 1988 to power 3,602 homes, using an average of 1200 kWhs/month, for a year. This is great, because this is power we don’t have to purchase, and it provides an incentive for rate payers.”
Mission Valley Power gave out an assortment of door prizes at their 25-Year Celebration. Art Robinson was the grand prize winner; he received a Dimplex electric stove. (Adriana Fehrs photo)
MVP awarded three high school students: Tyler Delane, Isaac Petersen, and Whitney Malatare with a $750 scholarship as a part of the celebration.
The most exciting and anticipated portion of the night came last, when the door prize winners were announced. Various door prizes such as ice cream makers, monkey pancake pans, and leaf blowers were given out. Art Robinson won the grand prize; a Dimplex electric stove.