Holy Cross election has implications for renewable energy

May 30, 2018

Credit Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER)

The upcoming election for the Holy Cross Energy board of directors has two contested seats.  


The Holy Cross Energy collective provides electricity to thousands of people in Western Colorado. Incumbents Kristen Bertuglia and Adam Palmer are being challenged by George Wilson and Kenneth Wise.

The board sets policies and works to ensure that the 55,000 customers have a reliable and safe energy supply.

“Over the past several years, our board has been focused on doing all that in a more increasingly sustainable way," said Holy Cross CEO Bryan Hannegan.

This has meant purchasing more wind energy and investing in large-scale solar projects, as well as supporting community and rooftop solar programs. Hannegan said the next board will be grappling with decisions about how to use new technology and changing energy practices. Consumers want more options.


“They want to be more in control of their energy resources; they want to choose what type of energy they use," Hannegan said. "They want to choose when to use it and have some type of financial incentive for doing so.”

All of this means a re-evaluation of the entire business model, and the next board will have a role in that.

Ballots were mailed earlier this month; they are due by mail on May 30th, or members of Holy Cross Energy can drop them off in person at the annual meeting and community celebration on Thursday, May 31 at Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel.