PEC changes voting system for director elections

PEC changes voting system for director elections

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER JOHNSON CITY — Members of the Pedernales Electric Cooperative elect directors differently after the board approved a resolution to switch from an at-large system to a single-member district one, officials say. (more…)

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Pedernales Electric Cooperative members elected incumbent board president James Oakley (left) and former Hays County judge and newcomer Jim Powers to the board during the membership meeting June 18 in Dripping Springs. Courtesy photo

PEC voters return incumbent Oakley to District 5 spot

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER DRIPPING SPRINGS — Pedernales Electric Cooperative members have re-elected an incumbent and added a new face to the board of directors in an election June 18. Officials unveiled results during the annual membership meeting in Dripping Springs. (more…)

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PEC incumbent board president James Oakley squares off with challenger Carlos Palisciano during a recent candidates forum that featured the District 5 race. Courtesy photo

PEC candidates differ on facility closures and election system

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER JOHNSON CITY — A stark contrast has emerged within the contested race for the Pedernales Electric Cooperative board of directors on how members vote, whether to shutter facilities and the proposed criteria for serving on the board. (more…)

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Early voting begins for PEC board of directors

Early voting begins for PEC board of directors

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOHNSON CITY — The Pedernales Electric Cooperative is launching early voting May 19-June 10 for two director positions in which one spot pits an incumbent board president against a newcomer. (more…)

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Pedernales Electric Cooperative leaders and Marble Falls Mayor John Packer break ground March 7 on PEC’s Northwest Operations Center, which will be located at the intersection of U.S. 281 North and Resource Parkway in Marble Falls. Pictured are PEC District 1 Director Cristi Clement (left), PEC District 3 Director Kathy Scanlon, PEC Chief Financial Officer Tracy Golden, PEC District 2 Director Emily Pataki, PEC Chief Executive Officer John Hewa, PEC Board President and District 5 Director James Oakley, Marble Falls Mayor John Packer, PEC Vice President of Member Services Eddie Dauterive, PEC Vice President of Corporate Services, PEC District 6 Director Paul Graf, PEC Vice President of Operations Wayne McKee, PEC Corporate Services Project Manager Bud Collora and PEC Marble Falls District Director Nathan Burns. Courtesy photo

PEC breaks ground on Marble Falls operations center

Artist rendering of the new PEC Northwest Operations Center in Marble Falls. FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Pedernales Electric Cooperative officials helped the co-op enter a new phase as they broke ground March 7 for a $17 million Northwest Operations Center in Marble Falls. (more…)

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PEC site in Marble Falls

PEC to ‘compress’ Bertram office, build new facility in Marble Falls

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER BERTRAM — Pedernales Electric Cooperative officials have announced facilities plans following issues with mold at the Marble Falls site and questions about the future of a site in Bertram. Bertram leaders and residents recently raised concerns about the utility’s plans to “compress” services and resources at the Bertram district office, […]

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PEC chief to discuss Bertram office’s future at town hall

BERTRAM — Pedernales Electric Cooperative CEO John D. Hewa will be on hand Sept. 3 for a town hall meeting regarding the future of the Bertram PEC office. The meeting is 6:30 p.m. at Bertram City Hall, 110 E. Vaughan. (more…)

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Ex-PEC general manager Bennie Fuelberg

Judge modifies sentence in ex-PEC GM’s money laundering case

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER JOHNSON CITY — A state district judge has modified the terms of a sentence for former PEC general manager Bennie Fuelberg, convicted of a money laundering scheme using utility funds to benefit a family member and a former board member’s son. (more…)

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Two new faces chosen, incumbent re-elected to PEC board of directors

CONNIE SWINNEY • STAFF WRITER CEDAR PARK —  A contentious and highly publicized Pedernales Electric Cooperative director election resulted in  higher voter participation as well as two new faces and one incumbent holding onto her position, according to officials. (more…)

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Deadline is June 12 for PEC online and mail-in voting

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative members wanting a say in the election for board members in Districts 1, 6 and 7 have until June 12 to participate in the online and mail-in voting. But if members miss that deadline, they’ll have one more opportunity to vote in the co-op’s election. (more…)

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PEC candidates to offer views on competition, elections at forum

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF HORSESHOE BAY — Two candidates for the Pedernales Electric Cooperative board District 1 position have presented opposing views on how members elect candidates and whether customers should have more power in choosing their source of electricity. (more…)

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PEC candidates announce intent to run for board of directors

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative candidates have turned in their petitions to apply to run for three of the seven positions up for election on the board of directors. (more…)

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PEC and state lawmakers wrangle over at-large voting system

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF JOHNSON CITY — Lawmakers are expected to consider legislation that would change the way Pedernales Electric Cooperative members elect their board of directors, and some members and directors are rejecting the proposal citing “autonomy.” (more…)

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Trio accused of PEC credit card abuse receive probation, $56,000 in fines

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOHNSON CITY — Three people, including two ex-utility company employees and a former Johnson City police officer, have accepted plea deals for probation and fines totaling $56,000 in connection to a PEC credit card scheme, officials say. (more…)

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PEC seeking member input on rates, fees with survey, forums

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative officials are asking for co-op members’ input on rates and fees as part of a comprehensive cost-of-service and rate-design study. (more…)

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Phone scam targets Pedernales Electric Cooperative members

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative officials are warning the public regarding a phone scam targeting members in which the caller threatens to cut off the individual’s electricity unless an “immediate payment” is made. The call, PEC officials said, is from a person posing as a PEC employee. (more…)

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Court upholds ex-PEC general manager’s conviction

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR AUSTIN — The Third Court of Appeals denied former Pedernales Electric Cooperative general manager Bennie Fuelberg’s appeal of his December 2010 conviction for misapplication of fiduciary property, theft and money laundering. (more…)

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PEC voters stick with current at-large election system

FROM STAFF REPORTS CEDAR PARK — With a chance to change how they choose their representation, Pedernales Electric Cooperative members opted to stay the course with the current system of electing directors through an at-large system. During the June 21 annual meeting at Cedar Park High School’s performing arts center, the members voted 9,219 to […]

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PEC voters can choose board members and election system, win prizes at annual meeting

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR JOHNSON CITY — The 20,000-plus Pedernales Electric Cooperative are faced with a decision in the current election. Voting started May 22 and runs through the June 21 at PEC’s annual meeting in Cedar Park. Voters not only have choices for the District 2 and District 3 candidates, but they also […]

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Marble Falls power outage April 15 likely caused by fire at substation on 1431

FROM STAFF REPORTS MARBLE FALLS — Power was restored to much of Marble Falls and Meadowlakes about 7:40 a.m. April 15 after an outage. Pedernales Electric Cooperative crews switched to generator power to operate the substation in the 2600 block of RR 1431 West of Marble Falls. (more…)

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Cop, former PEC employees accused of credit card abuse

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOHNSON CITY — A police officer, his wife and her former co-worker face felony organized crime charges after allegations of using a utility company credit card to purchase thousands of dollars in personal items over several months, according to Johnson City police. (more…)

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PEC offering look at solar options with tour

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR JOHNSON CITY — While solar electricity isn’t anything new, Pedernales Electric Cooperative officials hope people will take new interest in the concept. One way to learn more about solar energy and how to use it is by seeing how other homeowners utilize it. (more…)

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Very little remained of the homes in the Spicewood area including property along Paleface Ranch Road after a 6,500-acre wildfire blaze swept through far western Travis County in September 2011. Officials said 34 homes were destroyed along with damages to another 33 structures. File Photo

Spicewood families launch lawsuit seeking damages in 2011 Labor Day wildfire

CONNIE SWINNEY • PICAYUNE STAFF SPICEWOOD — A group of property owners have launched a lawsuit, alleging Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s lack of power line maintenance caused a wildfire which scorched thousands of acres and damaged dozens of homes in September 2011. Several property owners along County Road 303 in the neighborhoods of Paleface Point and […]

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Former PEC general manager Bennie Fuelberg

Appeals court orders new hearing for former PEC general manager

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR AUSTIN — Former Pedernales Electric Cooperative general manager Bennie Fuelberg and general counsel Walter Demond will get another day in court after the Third Court of Appeals ruled a judge didn’t apply the proper standard in determining whether State District Judge Dan Mills should have been disqualified from hearing the […]

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PEC members can lease solar panels for their homes

SPECIAL TO THE PICAYUNE JOHNSON CITY — Pedernales Electric Cooperative members looking to supplement their home’s energy supply with solar energy now have the option to lease solar panels from NRG Residential Solar Solutions. (more…)

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Head of PEC resigning; chief financial officer named interim CEO

FROM STAFF REPORTS JOHNSON CITY — After nearly two years, Chief Executive Officer R.B. Sloan has resigned his position with Pedernales Electric Cooperative, according to a release from the utility company. (more…)

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