The standing-room-only crowd heard from then-Board President James Oakley and PEC CEO John Hewa, as well as comments from members.
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Pedernales Electric Cooperative voters re-elected District 5 Board Director James Oakley and elected Jim Powers, who ran unopposed, to serve as the new District 4 Director. Powers replaces former Director Chris Perry, who did not seek re-election.
Voters also approved an amendment affirming members the right to speak at any open meeting of the Board of Directors. The amendment required approval by two-thirds of voting members.
Election results were announced during the PEC Annual Meeting on Saturday in Dripping Springs. More than 600 members attended the event, which featured energy-related activities and displays. They also had the opportunity to speak with PEC staff and elected officials before the business meeting, during which the standing-room-only crowd filled the seats at the Performing Arts Center auditorium at Dripping Springs High School.
During the meeting, PEC CEO John Hewa highlighted the cooperative’s numerous rate reductions and spoke about the many achievements of the past year, achievements that also included top system reliability and member satisfaction scores as well as growth surpassing 10,000 new meters.
“This organization is reaching new heights,” Hewa said, “and we are continuing to strive for even greater options for members.”
Members applauded Hewa’s announcement of a seventh consecutive cost reduction effective Aug. 1 and plans to launch Time of Use rates this fall.
Oakley, who served as Board president during the past year, also addressed members, citing achievements and improvements for members even as costs continue to go down. Oakley also spoke about the groundbreaking of the PEC Northwest Operations Center, now under construction in Marble Falls.
During an organizational meeting following the business meeting, directors elected District 2 Director Emily Pataki to serve as Board president. Oakley was elected vice president, and District 6 Director Paul Graf was re-elected secretary/treasurer.
District 4 Director
- Jim Powers – 22,954 votes
District 5 Director
- James Oakley – 19,527 votes
- Carlos Palasciano – 6,381 votes
“A member has the right to speak at every regular, special or called meeting of the Board of Directors …”
- For – 24,270 votes
- Against – 1,743 votes
2016 PEC Board election results
Near the conclusion of PEC’s June 18 Annual Meeting, Survey and Ballot Systems, which managed balloting for the co-op, announced that 26,664 total votes were cast, including 16,477 by mail, 10,006 online and 181 in person at the Annual Meeting. The total votes cast represent 11.33 percent of the co-op’s 235,393 voting-eligible members.