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Palmer makes pitch for energy board

Dear Editor:

In a few days you’ll be receiving your Holy Cross Energy board of directors ballots. Rather than tossing it, I’m asking you to take a couple of minutes to vote in this important election in which three board seats are open, and members will determine the future direction and leadership of our local member-owned cooperative utility.

Holy Cross has been an anomaly among utility companies, able to provide low, stable rates to its customers through sound ethical business practices and support innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives to its members. And since Holy Cross is a nonprofit organization, all margins are returned to you, our members.

Over the past three years it’s been an honor to serve on the Holy Cross board of directors to provide dependable, environmentally friendly, low-cost power to our customers. Specifically, I’ve worked to increase renewable energy supply to meet and exceed our voluntary goal of 15 percent by 2015, develop and launch our energy-efficiency plan, improve transparency, maintain a high level of dependability and customer service, and volunteer on the Holy Cross Round Up Foundation Board to assist local individuals and organizations in need.

I’ve been able to utilize my experience as environmental policy planner for Eagle County, program manager for Energy Smart Colorado, former director of the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability, former environmental coordinator at Vail Resorts, and service on numerous boards to develop a diversified energy portfolio to meet and exceed our renewable energy goals, help homeowners and businesses save money, and create local jobs while keeping costs low. Investment in energy efficiency is generally the lowest cost of energy available, which also provides regional economic retention and recruitment. As a nonprofit, we’ll continue to empower our members to realize such savings.

In addition, I will work for you to:

• Launch an on-bill financing program that will allow members to pay for energy-saving improvements over time on your electric bill (where you’ll be realizing the savings).

• Run the organization efficiently and responsibly, with the highest level of professionalism, safety, ethics and customer service.

• Continue to provide customer information, convenient bill-paying options, and money saving options.

• Expand our renewable-energy portfolio to meet and exceed our goals which include solar, wind, hydro, and soon coal-mine methane and biomass from Gypsum utilizing wood waste and beetle-killed pine.

I humbly ask for your vote to continue to work toward meeting and exceeding goals and expectations from your member-owned utility, Holy Cross Energy. Please contact me at with any thoughts or feedback you might have.

Adam Palmer


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