I am running for the LPEA Board of Directors, District 2. The energy landscape is evolving, presenting new challenges and new opportunities.
Business as usual will not be good enough. I bring business and energy sector experience, I will work to optimize value for co-op members, while preparing our utility for the future.
As the former Weatherization Program Manager, then executive director of 4CORE, I have had the privilege of working with the Colorado Energy Office, the U.S.Department
of Energy, the EPA, Atmos & Source Gas, local propane providers, LPEA staff, local municipal governments, and local contractors in helping hundreds of families and
businesses lower their bills through energy efficiency, and renewables, while energy
rates have increased. The monies we save on energy are proven to stay in our community, and reducing our demand for energy benefits the environment. I have a degree in forest resource management from the University of New Hampshire, and a secondary science teaching endorsement from Fort Lewis College. I have taught high school in districts RE-1 and 9-R. I am currently self employed as a nationally certified energy auditor, a solar consultant, and the owner/operator of theDurango Dog Ranch. I am also a happily married father of two.
The work of a utility board is technical, requiring strong financial management skills, and must be forward thinking. I have the financial, board, energy sector and leadership
experience to be an effective representative for district 2. The LPEA board has difficult work ahead preparing for the future: Making rate structures more progressive, incorporating more locally produced renewable energy, updating policies, procedures and bylaws, optimizing and expanding service options, while fulfilling the LPEA mission to "provide our community and members safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost while being environmentally responsible."
Small local elections have big impacts in our community, and our future. Having a choice in these elections is critical. Ballots were mailed out on Friday, April 24, so please vote. I would be honored to serve as your LPEA, District 2 representative.