Learn about your energy co-op Friday

On Friday, Holy Cross Energy is hosting its annual meeting at the Donovan Pavilion in Vail.

Typically, the Holy Cross annual meeting is held in Glenwood Springs. But in an attempt to change up the event and hear from a variety of members, we’re moving this year’s event to Vail.

Why should anyone in their right mind go to a utility annual meeting?

I’ll tell you why: Holy Cross Energy is a co-operative, meaning all of us as members are owners. Plus, it’s a nonprofit, meaning that any margins realized are returned to its members, just like the bill credit or check many of you just received.

As a member, you get to vote for the board of directors and provide us with valuable feedback on the direction and initiatives that you would like to see from your local utility company.

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Holy Cross provides a unique distinction of having some of the lowest electric rates in the state, while also having one of the highest renewable energy supply portfolios. Projects like converting waste methane from the Elk Creek Coal Mine into electricity, as well as being a partner in the Gypsum biomass project, and helping to build local solar capacity are just some of the innovative projects Holy Cross Energy has supported that have put us on track to achieve our goal of 20 percent renewable energy by 2015 and beyond.

On top of it all, outstanding service to members is a keystone of the culture at Holy Cross Energy. Whether it’s keeping the lights on, responding to outages or handling customer billing questions, we pride ourselves on responding to our members’ needs first and foremost.

When you call, a real person who lives in your community picks up the phone. We’d love to get feedback and hear ideas on how we can serve you better.

So please come by Donovan Pavilion on Friday after work and have dinner on us along Gore Creek. There will be activities for the kids, plus we’re giving away $100 bill credits, an iPad and a Kindle Fire. Come learn about initiatives from your local cooperative utility that continue to set the bar, and have a fun evening in the process.

We’d love to hear from you and look forward to seeing you there!

Please RSVP at 970-945-5491 and ask for extension x5511 or x5536. For more information, please go to under “News & Events.”

Adam Palmer is a director on Holy Cross Energy’s Board of Directors.

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