Retired electrical engineer fills District 1 (Archuleta County) seat vacated by Terry Alley
DURANGO, Colo. – The La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) board of directors this morning (Sept. 21, 2011) voted to appoint Lindon (Lin) Stewart to fill the District 1 (Archuleta County) director seat vacated by Terry Alley, who resigned this past summer.
Selected from a field of eight qualified applicants, Stewart has more than 30 years experience in the engineering and construction field, including involvement in the power industry since 1982. He served as the project manager/director on seven major cogeneration and independent power plants in the US and overseas with Fluor Corporation. Stewart has, during his career, been involved in biomass, solar, waste to energy, coal and gas turbine based power plants.
Stewart graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and began his career with Chicago Bridge & Iron, joining Fluor Corporation in 1968 and retiring in 1999. Stewart continued his association with Fluor as a consultant until 2004.
“I have been considering for some time how I could be of benefit to the community,” said Stewart, noting that the LPEA board had been on the list. “While I am sure LPEA has previously seen challenging times, I believe that new challenges will face utilities in the near future, such as continuing to provide low cost electricity in the face of higher energy cost, higher cost renewable energy, increasing federal regulations and perhaps off peak storage systems. I would certainly enjoy being a part of the effort to solve such issues.”
Originally from Orange County, Calif., Stewart is involved locally with the San Juan Backcountry Horsemen. He and his wife Carol reside in Pagosa Springs, Colo.
“We had very qualified applicants, so our decision was challenging,” said Jerry McCaw, LPEA board president. “We required a comprehensive written application and interviewed our top four candidates before voting on our final selection. We’re looking forward to working with Mr. Stewart.”
LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with in excess of 42,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible. For additional information, contact LPEA at 970.247.5786 or visit www.lpea.coop.