As COVID has laid bare, our health entirely depends on the climate and the other organisms we share the planet with. That’s why one event that otherwise might slip under the radar — the annual board of directors election for a utility — is so important. And not just any utility: Holy Cross Energy, the rural electric cooperative that provides electricity to the majority of the Roaring Fork Valley. Their seven board members, two of whose seats are up for election, shape the policies and influence the direction of the utility. They make decisions on things like realizing HCE’s plan to deliver 70% clean energy by 2030, overseeing renewable energy and energy-efficiency programs, and ensuring reliable and affordable power. Yes, those big decisions; the kind that have massive impacts on carbon emissions. Once a year members of the utility (yes, likely you!) have a say in who fills those seats. So if you care about getting to 100% clean energy, you should care about this election. Ballots are in member mailboxes now and must be received by June 2. The strongest candidates on renewables are Alex DeGolia for the Western District and David Campbell in the Northern District. As Holy Cross Energy’s motto reminds us: the power is in your hands.

Meet the candidates