By Jim Stanford on April 11, 2012
Last summer, readers reacted angrily when Lower Valley Energy decided to hike electricity rates in winter, rather than charge more to the heaviest consumers of power. The cooperative later backed down from the plan, but at least one commenter asked to be informed when board members are up for re-election.
Here’s your heads-up. Lower Valley has two seats open this spring, including the District 4 seat held by part-time Wilson resident Ted Ladd. The other seat is District 3, which includes Hoback Junction, Alpine, Little Horsethief Canyon and points south. Nancy Winters of Star Valley is the incumbent.
Ladd, who challenged former U.S. Rep. Barbara Cubin, R-Wyo., in 2004, has been spending a lot of time in California on business. He has attended recent energy meetings via Skype.
Denny Emory of Wilson has filed to run for the seat. Emory has been following the issues for years and has said the cooperative is not pricing power fairly, failing to charge more to the heaviest users who drive up the costs for everyone. Emory would make a fine addition to the board, and residents would have no trouble sharing ideas with him, as he can be found nearly every day at Nora’s.
Lower Valley is a member-owned cooperative. That means if you pay a LVE bill, you are also an owner. Any cooperative member residing in districts 3 or 4 is eligible to run for the board.
District 3 comprises all areas north of Lincoln County Road 119, east of Highway 89 through Alpine Junction and includes Hoback Junction north to Little Horsethief Canyon, as well as the Bondurant and Green River Lakes area.
District 4 comprises all areas north of the Teton/Lincoln county line and west of Highway 89 and Fall Creek, consisting of Crescent H and Indian Paintbrush. Grand Teton National Park serves as the northern boundary, including Wilson, Teton Pines, John Dodge and Teton Village.
Prospective board members must submit a petition with signatures from any 10 LVE members, regardless of which district they reside in. Petitions may be obtained by clicking here and must be returned to either LVE office (Jackson or Afton) by 5 p.m. April 27.