Post Independent opinion: Dwyer, Gilman for Holy Cross board |

Post Independent opinion: Dwyer, Gilman for Holy Cross board

Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Customers of Holy Cross Energy have a rare opportunity to choose from a field of nine qualified, enthusiastic candidates for two seats on the electric co-op’s seven-member board.

We are bowled over at the level of expertise that all the candidates bring to the balloting, and we can comfortably say that the utility would be well-served with any of these fine people on the board.

Our endorsements, however, are for two candidates who stand out from the rest: Lynn Dwyer of New Castle in the western district and Megan Gilman of Avon in the northern district.

Dwyer is running for a second term on the board. She stepped up to run in 2008 as a progressive candidate representing the utility’s western customers, those who live in Garfield County, west of Glenwood Springs and south of the Colorado River. Since then, she’s done an outstanding job with her board service. Others on the board recognized her leadership strengths by electing her vice president.

While she is facing three opponents with extensive business and energy experience, Dwyer has a very clear picture of the direction Holy Cross should be going. She stands for fair and stable rates, a “healthy mix” of renewable and fossil energy sources, and growth in energy efficiency options for residential and business customers.

We are particularly pleased to hear her advocating for on-bill financing, which is a way for customers to borrow from the utility for energy efficiency improvements and repay the debt with an add-on line on their electric bills.

Her opponents – Tom McBrayer, Clem Kopf and Randy Udall – offer plenty of experience and expertise, but Dwyer is on a roll as an effective, progressive board member and she deserves to be re-elected.

The northern district race has five candidates running to represent the area from Eagle to Vail, replacing board member George Shaeffer, who is not seeking re-election. They all have impressive resumes and have clearly stated their support to continue the move to renewable energy sources.

We feel Megan Gilman is the best choice for the seat. As a business owner and professional who specializes in energy efficiency and renewable energy, Gilman lives and breathes clean energy.

She understands the challenges households and businesses face in trying to be more energy efficient, and she is well-versed in the aggressive clean energy programs already being offered by Holy Cross. Like Dwyer, she has clear ideas about how to extend the utility’s effectiveness in helping customers save energy.

Gilman is in a five-way race with Dan Corcoran, Erik Lundquist, Arn Menconi and Scott Prince. All are strong candidates, but our vote is for Gilman.

Holy Cross Energy is already an exemplary electric utility. Retaining Dwyer and adding Gilman to the board will continue Holy Cross on its progressive path as a responsible energy provider.

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