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Holy Cross wins green award

Holy Cross Energy has won the Wind Cooperative of the Year 2003 Award from the Department of Energy’s Wind Powering America Program, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), and NRECA’s Cooperative Research Network (CRN). The local electric cooperative was honored during the CRN Breakfast held as part of the 2004 NRECA Annual Meeting in New Orleans on Feb. 15.

Holy Cross was cited for its leadership in running one of the nation’s oldest and most successful green pricing programs. The cooperative’s nearly 5 percent consumer participation rate ranks it in the top five utilities nationally. Holy Cross initiated green pricing in 1998 by offering its consumers the opportunity to purchase wind-generated electricity through a program called Wind Power Pioneers. The more than 2,400 participating consumers are served by 5 megawatts of wind power purchased from Xcel Energy’s Ponnequin Wind Farm, located in eastern Colorado.

Holy Cross Energy is a not-for-profit rural electric cooperative providing electric service to nearly 50,000 consumers in Eagle, Garfield, Pitkin and Gunnison counties.

Rippy honored

for construction defects bill

State Rep. Gregg Rippy was named the Legislator of the Year by the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) on Feb. 18 at a luncheon held at the Denver Center for Performing Arts.

The James T. Brubaker Legislative Award was given to Rippy for his work on HB03-1161, Colorado’s Construction Defect Actions bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Bill Owens in 2003.

The new law reinforces construction professionals’ “right to remedy” in the event of a defect, and puts new rules in place for lawsuits and damages.

The new law aims to reduce the number of incidents resulting in litigation and lower contractors’ liability insurance rates, resulting in lower finished home prices for consumers.

At the awards luncheon, Robert Moody of NAIOP’s Board of Directors said, “I think (Rippy) would be a great representative of our state in Washington.”

Rippy is among the Republicans running for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District seat.

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