I want to let y'all know that I did not win. I am especially heartbroken because of all the work so many of y'all put into this- you believed in me, you raised funds, you donated, you called, you walked, you did so much. I've never had such a great team working with me. My biggest regret is that since neither of the progressives made it to the Board, it may embolden the anti folks on the Board & in management to be even more anti-renewables. There are hundreds of reasons that I wanted to serve on the board, but it's not going to happen. The vote was 4555 to 4009- lost by 546 votes. So the next time, we make sure we contact 1000 more voters for our candidate who runs in 3 years!
I ran to bring more transparency from the Board, more member-owner input into policy and more renewables in our energy mix (and that includes more solar-friendly policies.) I am hopeful that the Board will at least consider some of these.
PEC is the largest electric cooperative in the nation. PEC can lead the nation as a progressive member-owned cooperative, or as one that is years behind the others. At the last meeting, PEC's Director of Markets said that while solar can't pick up all the excess load from summer yet, he thought we were just a few years from solar being able to do that! As solar prices come down, and fossil fuels go up, sooner or later, they're going to HAVE to invest more in solar and other renewables. I hope the time comes that they understand that homeowner solar can indeed be a bulwark against high summertime prices, but until they understand that, we'll continue to fight an uphill battle.
I had not originally planned on running this time, but the anti-solar vote in December forced my hand, because I believe so strongly that it was ill-advised and bad fiscal policy. I am hopeful we'll have another progressive who will step forward in 3 years, and run for this seat. And that progressives will run for all the others, too. We can't give up. We must continue to work towards solutions for our earth, and those solutions include electing progressives to boards such as these, and in elections where they have a say in our energy policies.
“Impossible only means that you haven’t found the solution yet.”