News & Updates

Bear Valley Electric Service, Inc. Extends Partnership with Davey Resource Group, Inc.

Monday, April 18th, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Sean Matlock April 18, 2022 (909) 522-1913 Davey Corporate Communications 800-447-1667, Ext. 1107   Bear Valley Electric Service, Inc. Extends Partnership with Davey Resource Group, Inc. UAV Fly-over Inspections to Run through May   Big Bear Lake, Calif. – Wildfires are now a year-round threat for California communities like Big Bear, which is designated a ‘High-Fire Threat District.’ The safety of our customers and the community is a top priority for Bear Valley Electric Service, Inc. (BVES), and we are investing to help mitigate the risk of wildfires in our service area.   Following a successful program launch in 2021, BVES has extended their partnership with Davey Resource Group, Inc. (DRG) to conduct Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) fly-over inspections of its sub-transmission and distribution system throughout the months of April and May. Electric utilities throughout the state of California have found inspections utilizing UAVs are highly effective at identifying equipment deterioration and other issues that would not necessarily be revealed during ground patrols and detail inspections.   “Bear Valley Electric Service, Inc. is committed to delivering electric service safely and adheres to the most stringent fire prevention standards to protect the community and environment,” said Paul Marconi, BVES President, Treasurer & Secretary. “Davey Resource Group, Inc.’s proven track record of success and overall innovation through UAV fly-over inspections will undoubtedly result in a much safer Big Bear community.”   The UAVs fly and hover over the electrical infrastructure, capturing high-definition video photography while maintaining an accurate date/time and geolocation stamp. The video recordings are reviewed by qualified analysts who looks for defects, assesses the condition and determines if additional investigation is needed.   For additional information about the BVES Wildfire Mitigation Program, customers are encouraged to call 800-808-2837 or visit www.BVESinc.com.   # # #   Bear Valley Electric Service, Inc. has served the Big Bear Valley since 1929. When Golden State Water Company acquired the company in 1938, BVES served a total of 147 customers. Today, BVES provides electric power to approximately 24,000 customers in the City of Big Bear and surrounding areas in San Bernardino County, Calif.   Davey Resource Group is a subsidiary of The Davey Tree Expert Company. The Davey Tree Expert Company provides research-driven tree services, grounds maintenance and environmental solutions for residential, utility, commercial and environmental partners across North America. As one of the largest employee-owned companies in the U.S., Davey has been dedicated to creating and delivering sustainable solutions for 140 years. Read More

Outage - March 10, 2022 at Approximately 130 PM

Thursday, March 10th, 2022

Update - Power was restored at approximately 2:00 p.m., if you are still experiencing an outage. Please call Customer Service at 800-808-2837.   Bear Valley Electric Service, Inc. is aware of the outage in the Big Bear Area. Crews have been dispatched and are working to restore power safely. We do not have an estimated time of restoration at this time. Read More

February 16, 2022 Update - Power was restored at approximately 1217 p.m.

Wednesday, February 16th, 2022

Power was restored at approximately 12:17 p.m., if you are still experiencing an outage, please call Customer Service at 800-808-2837 Read More

Outage 2-2-22 at approximately 230 p.m.

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022

Update 2-3-22 at approximately at 7:49 a.m. Power was restored at approximately 7:49 a.m., if you are still experiencing an outage please call customer service at 800-808-2837. 2-2-22 at Approximately 2:30 p.m. Bear Valley Electric is aware of the outage in the Big Bear Area. Crews have been dispatched and are working to restore power safely. We do not have an estimated time of restoration at this time. Read More

Annual Community Reliability Briefing

Thursday, January 27th, 2022

At Bear Valley Electric Service, Inc., we take pride in proving reliable power service while doing our part to protect the safety of the local community. That’s why this month, we’re hosting a reliability briefing for all BVE customers and community members. Read More

Planned Outage for Lake Williams Area

Thursday, January 27th, 2022

BVES will temporarily interrupt service to customers in the Lake Williams area – From Lake Williams Drive to Oakes Camp Rd. on January 27, 2022 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. so crews can install wildfire mitigation infrastructure. Read More

January 25, 2022 Outage Update - Power Restored at approximately 810 p.m.

Tuesday, January 25th, 2022

Bear Valley Electric is aware of the outage in the Big Bear Area. Crews have been dispatched and are working to safely restore power. We do not have an estimated time of restoration at this time. January 25, 2022 Outage Update  - Power Restored at approximately 8:10 p.m. Read More

Southern California Edison SCE may implement a Public Safety Power Shutoff PSPS between Wednesday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 26

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021

Bear Valley Electric Service, Inc. is notifying customers that Southern California Edison (SCE) may implement a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) between Wednesday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 26 to reduce the risk of wildfire during the anticipated high wind conditions in the Inland Empire, San Bernardino Mountains and inland Orange County. If SCE does implement a PSPS, it could impact the reliability of electric service to some BVES customers. Customers who require power to operate life-essential medical equipment are encouraged to make special accommodations as a precaution or dial 9-1-1 if they are unable to secure alternative power during an outage. We will continue monitoring local conditions and keep customers apprised of significant changes that could impact their service. To ensure safety, customers are advised to take the following proactive measures: Use Surge Protectors: Plugging your valuable electronics, including computers, television and cell phones, into surge protectors will improve the chances your electronics remain undamaged (or stay intact). If you do not have access to surge protectors, unplug any such devices and any additional appliances to protect them from harm in the event of a power surge. Make an Emergency Kit: Emergency kits are good to have on hand for a wide variety of situations. Kits should include items like flashlights, battery-operated radio, non-perishable food, water, first aid kit and other necessary essentials. Keep Refrigerator and Freezer Closed: Food in the refrigerator should keep for about six hours and food in the freezer can last as long as two days, so keep your refrigerator and freezer closed to ensure your food remains preserved during a power outage. Read More

Wildfire Mitigation Survey

Monday, November 15th, 2021

BVES, Inc. will be reaching out to customers over the next two weeks to conduct a survey regarding wildfire mitigation, vegetation management and public safety power shutoffs. If you have any questions please call our customer service department at 1-800-808-BVES or 2837.     Read More

Operation Gobble 2021

Monday, November 15th, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                       Nov. 15, 2021          CONTACT: Sean Matlock                                                                                           (909) 866-4678, ext. 182   Bear Valley Electric Service, Inc. to donate $1,800 for holiday meals throughout Big Bear BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. – Bear Valley Electric Service, Inc. (BVES) is continuing its tradition of giving back to the community during the holiday season by partnering with local organizations to donate $1,800 for holiday meals to families and individuals in the Big Bear area. The donation is being distributed to over 90 individuals and families with limited resources who are challenged with food insecurity. “Bear Valley Electric Service, Inc. cares about the Big Bear community, and is proud to once again provide holiday meal resources to deserving families through our annual Operation Gobble donation,” said Paul Marconi, BVES, Inc. President, Treasurer & Secretary. “Through this program, we provide a happier holiday for those who need it most and look to raise awareness regarding food insecurity in California.” This year, BVES is partnering with the following community organizations: American Legion, Bear Valley Firefighters Association, Big Bear Lake Elks, Big Bear Lions Club, Big Bear Lake Convention Center, Big Bear Lake Rotary Club, Big Bear Sheriff’s Dept., BVCHD Mom & Dad Project, Bear Valley Unified School District, Citizens On Patrol, DOVES, Jah Healing Church, The Journey Church, Soroptimist Int. of Big Bear Valley, St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. For additional information about BVES’ community partnerships and philanthropic activities, customers are encouraged to visit www.BVESInc.com. #  #  # Bear Valley Electric Service, Inc. has served the Big Bear Valley since 1929. When Golden State Water Company acquired the company in 1938, BVES served a total of 147 customers. Today, BVES provides electric power to approximately 24,000 customers in the City of Big Bear and sur-rounding areas in San Bernardino County, Calif. Read More