You’ve probably heard of Holy Cross Energy, but like most people, you might not think about your utilities much after that. As the valley’s largest utility, it might be worth taking a closer look, since they are responsible for providing clean, sustainable electricity options from Aspen to Vail. HCE is a cooperative, which means it’s the customers who have a say in decision making, so that’s where you come in. The energy coop is having an election for 3 positions for their board of directors on June 10th. It may not seem like a big deal, but the people who are elected will determine the future of affordable, renewable energy in the valley. Currently, 40% of HCE’s electricity comes from coal, but some of the candidates, like Kristen Bertuglia and Robert Gardner’s, are pushing HCE to get 100% renewable energy by 2030. They also want to get money back in the customer’s pockets, and in 2020 they helped HCE save $16 million with clean energy investments. If these are things you care about, get out there and vote! Since there are 3 spots open, take a look at the HCE website and learn more about each candidate, especially those with experience and a commitment to green energy. Anyone who is a member of the utility can vote, but last year only 2,400 of the 44,300 members voted, so your vote matters even more. You can mail in your ballot and it must be received by June 9th. Or you can attend the annual meeting to vote in person on June 10th at 5:00 at Spring Creeks Ranch, 644 Cowen Dr. Carbondale but you must RSVP. As they say at Holy Cross Energy “the power is in your hands”.
Brittany is CORE's content and events coordinator. She graduated with an Environmental Studies degree from the University of Vermont where she became passionate about sustainability and mitigating climate change. In her free time, she loves the outdoor activities Aspen has to offer such as snowboarding, hiking, camping, and paddle boarding.