It is that time of year again when members of DMEA are being asked to elect directors who will chart the course of their local electric utility for years to come. Having had the opportunity to serve on the board this past six years, as I cycle off, I would like to thank the membership for a very gratifying experience.
That experience has shown me how important this board is to its membership. You may not know, but DMEA is a de-regulated utility in the state of Colorado. Where other regulated utilities are governed by the oversight of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, your local DMEA board has all the rate-making responsibilities for its membership. We need your voice!
Traditionally, fewer than 6,000 of over 30,000 members have made their director choices known. I would like to encourage all DMEA members to vote this year. It's a simple process, yet so vital. The utility industry in America is changing, and a strong board is essential for those who want to keep your electric utility locally owned and operated.
The DMEA board has garnered a lot of recent press lately. Some will tell you that the board is broken. I say just the opposite. Strong boards have strong board members with strong opinions. Where some see controversy, I see a board that is actively engaged and debating the challenges a changing industry is sure to face. Beware of a compliant board! Please take the time to look for, fill out, and return your ballots in the mail. Let's try to get our participation rate to, say, 9,000 or more. Show us that a least another 3,000 member-owners care about their local utility and are ready to make their opinions known.
Thank you for a wonderful experience. I hope I have served you well with the ideas and energy I brought to the board room.