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The Sangre de Cristo Electric Association (SDCEA) held its monthly meeting Wednesday, June 28. It was the first meeting for director-elects Jeff Fiedler and Mark Boyle as board members on the SDCEA. Jeff Fiedler will serve a three-year term as representative for rural Lake and Chaffee County, while Boyle will serve for three years as an at-large representative. 

Sangre de Cristo Electric Association headquarters in Buena Vista. Photo by Jan Wondra

Blake Bennetts was also elected to keep his seat as representative of Buena Vista. He had initially been appointed to fill a board of directors vacancy in 2022. 

During the meeting, the board of directors elected new officers to lead the energy cooperative in 2023. Sandra Attebery was elected as chair, succeeding Joe Redetzke. Charles A. Abel II was elected as vice chair, replacing Dan C. Daly, who is now the treasurer for SDCEA. Blake Bennetts was elected as the new secretary.

“We are proud to have such a dedicated team of directors join us at SDCEA,” said Chair Sandra Attebery, “each director brings a unique set of skills and perspectives that will help guide the cooperative into 2023 and beyond.”

In the meeting, the co-op’s chief executive officer, chief financial officer, and other officials delivered monthly reports on operations within the co-op and the community. A significant portion of the nearly six-hour meeting focused on onboarding and orientation for new board members. They were enrolled in classes and meetings to familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of cooperative business operations.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the board entered into an executive session; however, no action was taken by the board following the conclusion of the executive session.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, there was a discussion regarding a potential geothermal energy plant near Mt. Princeton. In January of this year, former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter led an event at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs and Resort where experts discussed Chaffee County’s potential for geothermal energy production.

The next SDCEA meeting is scheduled for July 31. Members of the co-op, consumers, and media must register in advance to attend either in person or online. In-person attendance is limited to 12 seats.