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Vail Daily letter: Vote for energy efficiency

Cassie Pence
Vail, CO, Colorado

If you care about saving energy — also known as saving money and saving the planet — then vote for Adam Palmer and Kristen Bertuglia for the Holy Cross Energy Board of Directors.

There are three board seats open, and election ballots have already hit your mailboxes (and are due for return June 7). So rock the vote and choose Adam Palmer and Kristen Bertuglia.

This little-known election and hardworking board have the opportunity to make huge impacts with low-cost power and expanding our renewable energy portfolio — a win-win for the entire community.

I personally know Adam and Kristen, and these two are the ones who will make a positive impact.

Adam is an incumbent and has served on the board for the past three years. During those years, he’s dedicated his time to increase renewable energy supply to meet and exceed a voluntary goal of 15 percent by 2015. He also helped to develop and launch Holy Cross’ energy efficiency plan.

In the future, he plans to expand our renewable energy portfolio to meet and exceed our goals, which include solar, wind, hydro and soon coal mine methane and biomass from Gypsum utilizing wood waste and beetle kill pine. He also wants to launch an on-bill financing program that will allow members like us to pay for energy saving improvements over time on our electric bill, where we’ll realize the actual savings.

Kristen will use her experience as sustainability coordinator for the town of Vail and manager of the town’s recent $3.2 million energy efficiency overhaul to continue to establish Holy Cross as a leader in energy efficiency, clean power and innovative programs. Her goals include ensuring long-term price stability and supporting renewable energy programs while working toward a solution in which they do not require over-subsidization.

Don’t toss the ballot for this important election. Do your community a favor and vote for Adam Palmer and Kristen Bertuglia.

Cassie Pence