Update Saturday, May 11, 2019:
Today Mountain Parks Electric held its annual meeting, and the results of the district 1 director election were announced: while I won the election, it was a close tally, with Peggy Smith taking 46% of the vote. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as the new director for district 1, and acknowledge that I will have a high bar to meet in succeeding Peggy. I would like district 1 members in Fraser and Winter Park to know that I meant what I said: I will strive to put their needs and concerns first, to answer questions and be available to members, and to advocate for reliable, affordable, and increasingly renewable electricity for our homes, businesses and community. Thank you for your encouragement and support, and I look forward to getting to work!
Hi Fraser & Winter Park!
I’m your neighbor Kristen Taddonio. I’m running for the Mountain Parks Electric board because (1) I value the cooperative ideal of neighbors helping neighbors, and (2) I have experience that can help us responsibly pursue renewable energy and efficiency opportunities while providing reliable, affordable electricity:
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I have a master’s degree in science & technology policy and started my career at the Energy Star program, which has helped families and businesses save $362 billion on utility bills since 1992. I later joined the U.S. Department of Energy, working with our National Labs to research and develop innovative energy efficiency technologies.
If elected, I’ll put my skills to work for you.
There has never been a more exciting time to engage with your electric cooperative. An amazing change is taking place: In the last few years, renewable energy has become the cheapest way to generate electricity in Colorado. We currently rely on coal for over half of our electricity needs, but now have an incredible win-win opportunity to develop our excellent renewable resources and save money at the same time! Our state’s largest utilities are taking advantage of these opportunities, and so can we. Our community may be small, but together we can achieve big things.