It is with great pleasure that the board of directors of the Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado provides this letter of support to Harry L. Riegle in his candidacy to be a District 3 representative for the La Plata Electric Association board of directors.
The decision to support Riegle was made after a review of candidate responses to a survey from San Juan Citizens Alliance and SASCO. All three candidates from District 3 returned surveys (Connie Imig, Bobby Lieb and Riegle). Only one of the two candidates from District 4 returned the questionnaire. However, no endorsement is being made for District 4 from SASCO, as neither candidate met the criteria for an endorsement. Survey answers were reviewed by the smart energy committee, which recommended endorsing Riegle. Responses were reviewed based on the following criteria:•Demonstrated commitment to and knowledge of sustainability issues in general and specifically those pertaining to energy efficiency, renewable energy, environmental impacts of electricity generation and economic and societal impacts of electricity generation.
•Demonstrated familiarity with LPEA's operations and the way in which LPEA functions with Tri-State.
Riegle's responses were the most consistent with SASCO's energy-related sustainability goals for the region and demonstrated the most thorough knowledge of LPEA's workings and the way in which it functions with Tri-State. He also showed he is the most aware of LPEA's current efficiency programs and that he has the best sense of what LPEA realistically can be expected to achieve in terms of sustainability measures.
All the candidates who responded indicated some measure of support for moving LPEA toward the types of energy efficiency and renewable energy programs that SASCO is advocating for our community. However, Riegle demonstrated the most consistent and thorough understanding of the questions and issues. We thank all the candidates for their replies and consideration of the questions we posed.
The Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado endorse Riegle for the LPEA board of directors.
Kimberly Herb, chairwoman, smart energy committee, Sustainability Alliance of Southwest Colorado, Durango