• LPEA Director Joe Wheeling earns electric utility credential


    Receives Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate from NRECA

    DURANGO, Colo. – Durango resident Joe Wheeling, board member and treasurer of the La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) board of directors, has completed the required courses and earned his Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).

    Wheeling was recognized for his commitment to education at NRECA’s Region 7 and 9 meeting held recently in Salt Lake City.

    “Education is the cornerstone of effective self-governance, and LPEA’s members are best served by directors who are well-versed in democratic principles and who understand the industry and how this industry can move forward to meet changing demands,” said Greg Munro, LPEA CEO. “Today’s electric utility environment imposes new demands on electric cooperative directors, particularly increased knowledge of changes in the electric utility business, new governance skills and a working knowledge of the cooperative principles. We applaud Joe for his commitment.”

    The NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director, or CCD, program requires attendance and demonstrated understanding of the basic competencies contained in five core courses:

    The NRECA Region 7 and 9 meeting is one of a series of 2012 Regional Meetings convened by the NRECA to continue the association’s grassroots policymaking process regarding national and state issues, which begins at the local co-op level and culminates at NRECA’s Annual Meeting in March 2013.

    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, visit www.lpea.coop.

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