Electric Election Maintains Status Quo

April 23 2009, 10:10 AM

As President Barack Obama gave an Earth Day address touting renewable energy, the results of this year's board of directors election for Colorado's largest electricity cooperative started rolling in. Renewable energy advocates see the Intermountain Rural Electric Association and its "old-energy" general manager Stanley Lewandowski, a global warming skeptic and promoter of coal, as a hindrance to offering modern energy alternatives like solar and wind to the co-op's customers, which span "from the mountains of Park County to the plains of eastern Arapahoe County to the suburbs to the south, east, and west of Denver," writes Westword. The elections took place over the weekend, and so far two incumbents have retained their seats, signaling that no matter the outcome of the third seat, Lewandowski will retain his majority, according to an update from Westword. Lewandowski is opposed to taking federal stimulus funds from Obama, who yesterday "declared that a 'new era of energy exploration in America' would be crucial to leading the nation out of an economic crisis," writes The Associated Press (via The Washington Post).