Pedernales Electric Cooperative

Wed
07
Mar

Chamber honors Whitmans, Taylor

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

Raymond and Tammy Whitman of Whitman Insurance and Service Title Company in Marble Falls, left, receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 59th Annual Awards Banquet of the Marble Falls Lake/LBJ Chamber of Commerce on Saturday night, Feb. 24. They are joined by the chamber's executive director Patti Zinsmeyer, right, and their daughter, Kaitlynn Whitman Williams, who had the pleasure of presenting the award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Community leaders let their hair down for the 59th Annual Awards Banquet, themed “Get Down, Turn Around, Go to Town, Brew Scootin' Boogie!”

The event was a sell out and the Cadillac Dance Hall delivered with the music of Eddie Shell and the Not Guilties and their lead singer Bode Barker.

But the casual atmosphere and a banquet of barbecue did not diminish the pride the chamber took in recognizing the contributions of award winners, including Outstanding Citizen Guy Taylor and Lifetime Achievement Award winners Raymond and Tammy Cochran Whitman.

The Excellence in Public Service Award was presented to the Highland Lakes Pregnancy Resource Center of Marble Falls and Kingsland. Clay Cauble was named Innovator of the Year and Jeff Bingham, Ambassador of the Year.

Tue
20
Feb

County eyes mobile command trailer

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County commissioners are interested in possibly obtaining a used mobile command trailer from Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) to be kept as an asset for a three-county area.

Commissioners spoke to PEC engineering department employee Matthew Austin about the 48-foot trailer at Tuesday, Feb. 13 regular court meeting.

Fri
27
Oct

PEC names Parsley new chief executive, promotes Dauterive

The Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) Board of Directors on Thursday, Oct. 26, selected Julie Parsley to lead the nation’s largest and fastest-growing distribution electric cooperative and advanced Eddie Dauterive to chief of operations.

Parsley is a former partner of Parsley Coffin Renner, a law firm specializing in utility regulations.

Fri
27
Oct

PEC names Parsley new chief executive, promotes Dauterive

The Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) Board of Directors on Thursday, Oct. 26, selected Julie Parsley to lead the nation’s largest and fastest-growing distribution electric cooperative and advanced Eddie Dauterive to chief of operations.

Parsley is a former partner of Parsley Coffin Renner, a law firm specializing in utility regulations.

Thu
25
May

Hewa bows out of PEC

Glynis Crawford Smith/The Highlander

John D. Hewa, seen here addressing a Bertram Town Meeting in September 2015, announced jointly with the Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) Board of Directors that he is leaving the post of PEC chief executive officer.

The Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) Board of Directors and John D. Hewa jointly announced today that Hewa is resigning as PEC’s chief executive officer.

Hewa has decided to move back to Virginia with his family and pursue new career opportunities, said the announcement.

Hewa began serving as CEO in July 2013. During his tenure, he saw the implementation of new software and member payment options, the groundbreaking of the new regional operations center in Marble Falls and rode out sometimes stormy board member clashes.

Wed
22
Mar

Granite Shoals hears PEC on solar project

At the March 14 meeting of the Granite Shoals City Council are, from left Cristi Clement, a member of the board of the Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC); Jim Spaulding, director of PEC Project Development Energy Services, and Michael Steenbergen, the citizen promoting a solar initiative in the city.

 

 

 

 

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Granite Shoals became the first city in the entire Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) service area to hear a presentation on the current status of the co-op's new solar farm initiative when Jim Spaulding, director of Project Development Energy Services, attended a meeting of the city council Tuesday night, March 14.

The PEC is partnering with the City of Johnson City to construct two, one-megawatt (MW) solar facilities as part of a cooperative-wide solar power generation project,” said Spaulding. “Solar has become very cost competitive and could to be at or below what you pay now.”

Wed
22
Feb

PEC elects Graf as VP, Akers secretary-treasurer

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Pedernales Electric Cooperative now has a new vice president and secretary-treasurer for its Board of Directors after holding elections at Monday's (Feb. 20) regular board meeting.

Paul Graf, who was serving as the cooperative's secretary-treasurer, was elected vice president, while Amy SJ Akers was elected to succeed Graf in his position.

The need for the election came about when the board voted last month to remove District 5 director and Burnet County Judge James Oakley of his vice president title and issue him a warning as its response to a complaint filed by District 1 director Cristi Clement regarding a Facebook post Oakley had made last year that brought scrutiny to the PEC.

Fri
13
Jan

PEC Complaint Committee recommends against removing Oakley from Board

PEC director and Burnet County Judge James Oakley

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

A Pedernales Electric Cooperative complaint committee has stopped short of calling for the removal of Burnet County Judge James Oakley from the Board of Directors entirely but has recommended his removal as Vice President of the cooperative's board.

The recommendation of the Complaint Committee will be discussed and action taken during Tuesday's regular Board of Directors meeting at the cooperative's headquarters in Johnson City.

The board will also consider a resolution by Oakley to rescind the bylaws for removal and discipline of a PEC director from bylaw amendments that were put in place just one week before Oakley made a post on Facebook which brought national media spotlight to the PEC and cast Oakley in an unfavorable light.

Fri
06
Jan

Directors sue PEC to stop election plan

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor
The Highlander
Two Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) directors are seeking a permanent injunction against the rest of the board and the Johnson City-based cooperative as a whole to prevent implementation of single-member districts this year.
Directors Cristi Clement of Burnet County and Kathy Scanlon of Travis County have been joined by Burnet County resident Thomas Mitchell in the lawsuit, which was filed Dec. 29 in Hays County District Court.
Last August, the PEC board voted 5-2 to create single-member districts in which only members who live within a district may vote for the director from that district. They also created a different quorum requirement for election of directors than that required for the annual PEC meeting, which is when director elections have traditionally taken place.

Thu
22
Dec

PEC and members give $1,200 to HLFCC

Contributed

Representatives from the Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center receive a $1,200 PEC community grant during a Dec. 15 reception in Johnson City. They are, from left, Alma Lahmon, Eva Herriman and Trista Fugate. The new PEC Power of Change program, which allows participating members' electric bills to be rounded up to the nearest dollar, made the grant possible. Funds collected are awarded to eligible area non-profits through a competitive application process. Members can enroll in PEC Power of Change via bill payment stubs, SmartHub, by phone at 1-888-554-4732 or in a PEC office.

Representatives from 10 local nonprofit organizations were awarded more than $40,000 in Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) Community Grant funding during a Dec. 15 reception at PEC’s headquarters in Johnson City.

Among those 10 organizations was the Highland Lakes Family Crisis Center (HLFCC), which received a $1,200 grant.

“We take great pride in our cooperative’s values — like our members’ participation — as well as one of the most important, our concern for community,” remarked PEC CEO John Hewa. “We’re so proud that we’re able to help you make changes in our community.”

HLFCC, 830-693-5600 or 1-800-664-3574, exists to reduce, prevent and end domestic and sexual violence by offering emergency services, comprehensive interventions and educational programs in Burnet, Blanco, Llano and Lampasas counties. The grant will be used to purchase energy-efficient freezers.

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