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Bandera Electric Cooperative Receives Texas Impact Enterprise Award

The Bandera Electric Cooperative (BEC) has been recognized with the Texas Impact Enterprise Award, an honor bestowed by the Inclusive Economy Consortium, affiliated with Southern Methodist University’s Hunt Institute for Engineering & Humanity, along with their partners. This prestigious award acknowledges BEC’s advancements in energy efficiency and awareness through its real-time energy management software, Apolloware, which is part of its Energy Saver Program.

The Texas Impact Enterprise Awards celebrate organizations across various sectors that are advancing climate-smart and inclusive economic development. Using a decentralized and transparent nomination process, Ecosystem Partners identified BEC as a leading impact enterprise with significant potential for scalable impact. The award ceremony took place on May 30, 2024, celebrating the achievements of enterprises dedicated to environmental and societal progress.

Since 2017, BEC has implemented fiber-optic broadband internet services and behind-the-meter energy services, including solar, energy storage, and Apolloware. This advanced, real-time energy management platform enables BEC to offer a comprehensive approach to energy management, helping members improve energy efficiency, reduce consumption, save money, and support a sustainable future. As an integrated utility of the future, BEC is creating jobs, investing in the local economy, and enhancing the quality of life for its members.

Bill Hetherington, Chief Executive Officer of BEC, and John Padalino, BEC’s General Counsel and Chief Administration Officer, attended the ceremony to accept the award on behalf of BEC. Hetherington expressed his gratitude and vision for the future, stating:

"We are deeply honored to receive the Texas Impact Enterprise Award. This recognition underscores our leadership and dedication to innovation and sustainability. Through initiatives like the Energy Saver Program and Apolloware, we strive to empower our members to make a tangible impact on their energy usage and contribute to a more sustainable future."

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