My friends are asking, "Why are you running for the Holy Cross Energy board of directors?" Here's why:
(1) I fully support the HCE vision of supplying reliable, economical electric power to its 44,000 members consistent with sound business and environmental practices.
(2) I have related experience in electric power generation. As a graduate engineer from Cornell, I was employed in the power industry for 10 years, designing and building large central generating stations. Also, as project engineer for the Beaver Creek development, I was responsible for the design and construction of roads and utilities, which included the electric distribution system.
(3) Having lived in Eagle County for 40 years, I have experience serving on numerous boards, including the board of county commissioners, county planning commission, school board, Upper Eagle Valley Sanitation District and the Colorado River Water Conservation District. Setting policy and solving problems cooperatively to serve the public interest has been fulfilling.
Holy Cross Energy has been a conscientious steward of natural resources, addressing efficiency, conservation, renewable resources and local power generation. In our world of increased competition for energy and environmental concerns, HCE faces continuing challenges to meet the electrical needs of their members while reducing environmental impacts.
Members will be receiving mail-in ballots soon after May 17. Please take the time to elect three directors to serve for the next three years.
My name is Robert H. Gardner. I am running for a seat on the Holy Cross Energy board of directors.
Holy Cross is a cooperative electric utility in the Eagle River and Roaring Fork River Valleys, governed by an elected board of directors. Holy Cross provides electricity to nearly 55,000 homes and businesses, generating over $100 million in revenues each year. Directors are elected from and by Holy Cross members/consumers.
I believe Holy Cross should provide consumers with highly reliable electric service at a reasonable cost, balanced with renewable power supply, energy conservation, energy efficiency and consumer service programs.
I am a lifelong resident of this part of Colorado. I was born in western Colorado. I attended school in Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. I graduated from Colorado State University. I raised my children here and spent most of my working career employed by Holy Cross Energy.
I was involved with nonprofit and community organizations in both the Eagle and Roaring Fork River Valleys. I have lived in Pitkin County, splitting my time between Basalt and Aspen, for the last nine years. I am familiar with all the communities in Holy Cross' service territory.
I retired from Holy Cross after 30-plus years, progressing from laborer to executive management. I was a "hands-on" professional with a proven track record in general and utility management, human resources, communications, consumer and public relations, energy conservation and efficiency and renewable energy programs
I believe my education, experience, knowledge and understanding of Holy Cross' consumers and service territory, along with my commitment to provide reliable electric service at a reasonable cost, as clean and green as possible, makes me uniquely qualified to represent you on the Holy Cross board. I ask you for your vote.
Robert H. Gardner