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Vote Bertuglia in Holy Cross Energy election

Dear Editor:

I have decided to run for the Holy Cross Energy board of directors this year because I care about our environment and am deeply committed to our region’s future. I have a passion for problem solving and developing creative solutions to decrease energy demand and increase renewable supply. My goals as director:

• Ensure long-term price stability.

• Support renewable-energy programs.

• Responsible fiscal management.

• Bridge the gap between members and direct involvement with their electric co-op, existing programs and their energy bills.

It is time to bring my experience to work with Holy Cross Energy directors and staff. Holy Cross is one of the most progressive co-ops in the state while maintaining some of the lowest energy rates. As a leader, we set an example with respect to energy efficiency, clean power and innovative programs.

As sustainability coordinator for Vail and manager of the town’s recent $3.2 million energy-efficiency overhaul, I have worked hard to ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent responsibly, with maximum return on investment. Over the past 15 years, I have worked for the U.S. Forest Service, local government, private industry and nonprofit organizations and have gained firsthand knowledge on what motivates businesses and individuals to save energy and how audit and rebate programs can be improved. My experience in energy management includes large commercial efficiency projects, community energy-demand reduction, residential audits, retrofits, efficient building, biomass projects and waste-to-energy investigation.

My husband, Steve, and I are involved community members. You might know us through the annual highway, town and river cleanups, zero-waste events and the West Vail Community Garden. I currently serve as a director of the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability, treasurer of the West Vail Community Garden and vice chairwoman of the Institute for Environmental Solutions. I ask that you take the time to vote in the Holy Cross Energy election and place your vote for Kristen Bertuglia and Adam Palmer in the Northern District. Look for your ballot in the mail after today, and return it by June 7. Please check out or email me at

Kristen Bertuglia


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