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Bluebonnet tops 100,000 meter mark as strong growth continues

0429
 2019


Bluebonnet tops 100,000 meter mark

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative celebrated a new milestone in April when it exceeded the 100,000-meter mark for the first time in its 80-year history. The number of meters on a utility’s system is an important metric used to measure utilities.

“This is a significant achievement for Bluebonnet and our members,” said Ben Flencher, Bluebonnet’s board chairman. “Exceeding 100,000 meters puts Bluebonnet in elite company and the next tier in terms of size among electric co-ops across the country, something few co-ops have accomplished.”

As of 2018, less than 35 of the more than 800 electric cooperatives nationwide served more than 100,000 meters. Five of those co-ops, including Bluebonnet, are in Texas.

Bluebonnet’s meter growth has accelerated during the past two years, adding nearly 4,000 meters per year.
“While we have experienced unprecedented growth in recent years, we have and will always remain committed to providing outstanding, reliable service to our members and being an integral part of the communities we serve,” said Matt Bentke, Bluebonnet’s general manager.

Bluebonnet’s growth has been the result of a boom in housing on the western side of its service area and significant industrial growth in its central and eastern regions. Large subdivisions and apartment complexes have been built in Travis, Bastrop, Hays and Caldwell counties. Commercial growth is spread across Bluebonnet’s entire service area, but large-scale oil and gas production, water wells and pipelines are concentrated more in the cooperative’s mostly rural eastern regions. This diversity of growth means the cooperative is not overly reliant on one type of member for revenue.

 “We have handled the growth that we have experienced so that it not only has paid for itself, but has benefitted our current members,” Bentke said. “We have the financial capacity to build the infrastructure needed to serve our new members without raising rates.” 

Three lucky new members who helped push the cooperative over the milestone meter count will receive gift baskets.
As Bluebonnet celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, its legacy of member service, community support and safe, reliable electric power continues to grow.

“This is an exciting time in Bluebonnet’s history,” Bentke said. “Our future is bright due in large part to the members, directors and employees who, during the past 80 years, helped build Bluebonnet into one of the largest cooperatives and best utilities in the nation. Their dedication and legacy pushes us forward.”

 

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