Independent Light a good plan for HEA members

Posted: Friday, April 09, 2010

What experience or expertise would you bring to the board?

I was born and raised in San Ildefonso, N.M.. I enlisted into the USAF in 1982 and retired in 2003. Jackie and I met in Athens, Greece and have been married for 21 years. We have two daughters, Adrianna and Christianna. We have been foster parents and foreign exchanges hosts.

We have been very active youth sports. I am currently the Elks state chair for the Drug Awareness Committee. I have been a member of several boards including the Kenai Care Center and Alaska DARE Officers Association.

I have been a member of the Soldotna Police Department for six and a half years. I work a full workweek and my daughters are still in school. Having a younger perspective on the board helps to more fully represent our diverse members.

I believe my expertise lies in an ability to move diverse groups from the "battle ground" to "common ground".

What do you see as your primary objective as a board member?

My objective as the incumbent board member has been to prudently represent the interest of all of the members of HEA in directing and overseeing the business and affairs of our cooperative by adhering to the following:

* Duty of care -- devoting time and effort to the duties of a board member as necessary to oversee our cooperative's business and affairs.

* Duty of loyalty -- acting in good faith for the best interests of our cooperative.

* Duty of obedience - adhering to HEA's articles, bylaws and board policies.

Board members must understand their roles and responsibilities and have the knowledge and skills to govern. I have attended several training courses addressing board governance, financial decision-making, strategic planning and current and emerging issues.

I hold myself to a standard of learning and understanding the issues before us and using that knowledge to represent the members of HEA in setting our path ahead.

From what source(s), do you see Peninsula residents getting their power in the next five years, i.e., a new contract with a wholesale provider, a local project such as Independent Light or alternatives?

HEA purchases 90 percent of the power we use from Chugach Electric Association. The existing contract will expire at the end of 2013. The board considered several options and chose to pursue Independent Light.

Studies showed the financial impact to HEA ratepayers would be relatively the same. The plan calls for adding a steam turbine to our existing Nikiski generation plant and adding two natural gas-fired turbines in Soldotna. If fully implemented, our power needs would be met for several decades.

I support the addition of a steam turbine to our existing Nikiski generation plant. Capturing the excess energy that is currently vented into the atmosphere is the most reliable renewable resource available. Additional power without additional green house gas emissions is a "no brainer."

I support the development of a Nikiski wind project with accompanying battery energy storage system. I support contracting out for our remaining "spinning reserves" requirement.

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