Four candidates vying for three seats on YVEA’s board of directors

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Four candidates are standing for election for three open seats on the Yampa Valley Electric Association Cooperative Board of Directors, with ballots due out to members on May 27.

The nominees would take a three-year seat on the board that oversees an annual budget of $57.7 million in 2021 and serves about 21,000 electric members in a 7,113-square-mile territory, according to YVEA.

Dan LeBlanc and Ed MacArthur vie for the seat on the District 7 Board of Directors within the city limits of Steamboat Springs. Both would be newcomers to the YVEA Board of Directors.



Patrick Delaney is running again, which is unopposed for District 5 Rep. Hayden. Another newcomer to the board, Steven Booker, is running unopposed for District 4 representing southern Moffat County.

All co-op members can vote for all candidate districts for the board. To be counted, each ballot must be signed by the member whose name appears on the tag, and the ballot must be received in the mail at the third party counter by June 23. Or, members who don’t turn in a ballot in time can vote in person at the annual meeting scheduled for June 28 at the YVEA office in Craig, according to YVEA.



More information is available online at yvea.com/annual-meeting-election.

Patrick Delaney, District 5 – Hayden incumbent

Patrick Delaney

I wish to continue serving District #5 as a member of the Yampa Valley Electric Association Board of Directors. Co-op board leadership requires knowledge of governance and policy, as well as power generation and distribution. I got certified as a Certified Co-op Director and embarked on getting a Board Leadership Certificate. This knowledge helps keep your energy safe, clean and affordable. The way electricity is generated and distributed is changing rapidly, and YVEA works hard to ensure our system is up to date and able to adapt to change.

I have over 30 years of experience in resort property management and hospitality. I excel at strategic thinking, innovative problem solving, sound decision making and relationship building.

Hayden has been my home for 28 years and I am a fifth generation Coloradan. With my wife, Tammie Bowes Delaney, we own Wild Goose Coffee and Hayden Granary. We champion local businesses, community involvement and historic preservation. I strive to always make decisions that are in the best interest of the corporate members and I am committed to our region.

Our region of Colorado and Wyoming is facing unprecedented change, especially in the way electricity is generated. I will continue to work to keep our energy clean and local wherever possible.

Thank you for the opportunity to continue to serve you and your family. I appreciate your support and look forward to ensuring that the Yampa Valley Electric Association contributes meaningfully to our communities.

Dan LeBlanc, District 7 – Steamboat Springs Candidate

Dan LeBlanc

My wife Jessica and I and our two young boys have called the Yampa Valley home since 2015. Since then we have been part of this vibrant community. Our family helped establish and grow the Steamboat Montessori School, where Jessica is a kindergarten teacher and I have served as the volunteer facilities director since 2016.

That same year, I founded Colorado Building Performance, a general contracting and consulting firm that provides energy retrofits, advice on efficiency improvements, and testing of new homes. Most of my clients are members of cooperatives, so I am fully aware of your concerns regarding energy use.

Energy has been at the heart of my work for over 20 years. Before starting my business here, I worked for a decade as a building energy consultant, helping project teams design efficient buildings. My clients ranged from schools to property developers to housing authorities, each with different ideas about energy efficiency. With a hands-on, collaborative approach to problem solving, I have successfully managed over 50 projects throughout Colorado.

During this time, I also worked closely with Xcel Energy’s energy efficiency rebate program. It gave me first-hand insight into how targeted incentives can reduce customer bills. I will bring these skills and knowledge to our cooperative.

My projects in the Yampa Valley are smaller, but equally rewarding. As a general contractor, I work on renovations and energy renovations. I have a passion for making older buildings functional again, and with each project I learn something new. I often find that when efficiency improvements are installed, other benefits are also achieved, such as improvements in comfort, drafts, ice dams, and indoor air quality, among others. It’s a win-win situation for customers, and something I look forward to sharing with the co-op.

When I’m not on site, I do energy assessments – prioritizing what improvements to make and when. This allows customers to make practical decisions on how to improve their buildings. I also work in new construction performing performance testing and energy assessments of homes. In this role, I am a volunteer technical consultant for the Brown Ranch planning committee. Our cooperative will be an important partner in the success of this project.

My work gives me insight into how co-op members use energy, the challenges they face, and the cost-effective solutions available. As a member of the Board of Directors, I will work hard to ensure that our cooperative does everything in its power to turn your challenges into opportunities to reduce your bills, while continuing to provide reliable and affordable electricity.

YVEA needs continued leadership during this time of transition in the energy industry. Understanding this changing landscape and how these changes can benefit our cooperative is an essential qualification of any YVEA board member. With the knowledge I have acquired in over 20 years of experience, I can deliver this from day one of my tenure.

I ask for your support for Dan LeBlanc, District No. 7. On Facebook: Dan LeBlanc for the YVEA Board of Directors.

Ed MacArthur, District 7 – Steamboat Springs Candidate

Ed MacArthur

Owners of the Yampa Valley Electric Cooperative,

My name is Ed MacArthur, a member of the co-op since 1980. I am Chairman of the Board of Native Excavating, Yampa Valley Bank and Managing Partner of Alpine Aggregates. During my time working with YVEA, I was a consumer of electricity for residential and industrial buildings. I have a power line to run pumps, screeners and crushers in a gravel mine. My relationship with staff and management dates back many years as a subdivision developer and contractor providing trenching services for several projects.

I seek to serve on the Board of Directors because my schedule now allows me time to productively serve the association that keeps our lights on and business operations running smoothly. My experience in the construction industry will be useful for future decisions on infrastructure upgrades and replacements, while my experience in the banking industry will help with financial decisions that the board is responsible for reviewing.

Consistent flow and affordable access to electricity are essential to the long-term success of any community. Technology continues to find new sources of power generation, and I’m excited to incorporate these solutions as they become viable. As the council considers these changes, reliability and affordability must be the highest priority to protect our communities in the future.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you, the ownership group, on the YVEA Board of Directors.

Steven Booker, District 4 – South Moffat County

Steven Booker declined to submit information directly to Steamboat Pilot & Today.

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