Clemons Kopf named newest board member of Holy Cross Energy
2017-18 Holy Cross Energy Board of Directors
• Kristen Bertuglia, board member since 2012 (northern district)
• Robert Gardner, board member since 2012 (southern district)
• Megan Gilman, board member since 2011 (northern district)
• Michael Glass, board member since 2007 (northern district)
• Clemons Kopf, board member since 2017 (western district)
• David Munk, board member since 2010 (southern district)
• Adam Palmer, board member since 2009 (northern district)
EAGLE COUNTY — The crowd at Holy Cross Energy’s 78th annual meeting was a reflection of the electric cooperative’s owners — young and old residents from Eagle, Pitkin, Garfield, Mesa and Gunnison counties who comprise the 55,000 consumers who get electric service from the company that was started back in 1939.
During a door prize give away at the meeting’s conclusion, a customer who has been part of the cooperative since 1941 and a customer who has been part of the cooperative since August 2016 both received gift certificates as the longest- and shortest-term member, respectively.
The annual meeting is a requirement for the company, which is owned by its consumer members. As an incentive for co-op members to attend, the company serves dinner and offers door prizes at the conclusion of the meeting business. This year’s event was held Thursday at 4 Eagle Ranch. The incentive strategy worked, as Randy Starr, general counsel for Holy Cross Energy, announced that there were 130 members in attendance and that number constituted the required quorum.
“That beats out last year by 10, and all we need is 50,” he announced with a grin.
This annual meeting marks the end of Del Worley’s tenure as chief executive officer for Holy Cross Energy. Worley has led the co-op for 25 years and is retiring this summer.
Worley was honored for his many contributions to the cooperative, which had an operating revenue in excess of $121 million and supplied more than 1 billion kilowatt hours to consumers last year. The company’s total margin last year — profit that will be returned to the consumers who comprise the co-op in the form of consumer equity checks — was nearly $8.8 million.
The board has hired Brian Hannegan, Ph.D. as its new CEO. Hannegan has led research and development teams at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, co-founded the U.S. Department of Energy’s Grid Modernization Laboratory and served as senior advisor to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
The news from the evening was the announcement that Clemons M. Kopf, of Glenwood Springs, won the contested election as the western representative for the Holy Cross Board of Directors. There were five candidates for the post: Kopf, David Hornbacher, Tom Edward VonDette, Jared W. Kerst and Adam L. Wibby.
Kopf is an electrical engineer and 47-year resident of Garfield County. He holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and served in the U.S. Army. Kopf worked as the chief engineer of Holy Cross Energy from 1970 to 1975 and a consulting electrical engineer for the alpine events site for three Winter Olympic Games (1988, 2002 and 2010). He is a long-time member of the Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Fund and the Crystal River Valley Environmental Protection Association.
Kopf’s public service has included serving as chairman of the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission for 11 years, a member of the Garfield County Board of Review, the Glenwood Springs Fire Department and the Glenwood Spring High School Basketball Referees Association.
One petition was received for the northern district director position from incumbent Megan M. Gilman. In recognition of no challengers, Gilman was reelected for another three-year term by acclamation.
The business and affairs of Holy Cross Energy are directed by its board of directors. The board consists of seven directors, who are elected to represent three geographic districts: the western district with one director, the northern district with four directors and the southern district with two directors.