If you live in Gunnison County (outside of the town of Gunni) and you pay an electric bill, then you are a member of Gunnison County Electric Association (GCEA), a co-op. As such you have a tremendous opportunity to influence local, regional, and national energy policy. You can determine energy policy by voting, or running, in GCEA elections and by telling your GCEA board members what you want from the co-op. GCEA is one of 44 co-ops that are members of Tri-State Generation and Transmission, a co-op of co-ops. GCEA gets to vote on and help determine Tri-State policy. Therefore, you have the privilege, right, responsibility to determine energy policy for 1.5 million people from Nebraska to New Mexico.
This week we are raising awareness about energy efficiency programs in the Holy Cross Energy Co-op territory, proposing a possible significant change, and organizing support for improved programs. Our members and supporters are writing to Holy Cross Energy asking them to consider a merger of sorts with Energy Smart Colorado (ESC) and Garfield Clean Energy (GCE).