True, I've been considering this form of public service for some time. I actually sought nomination in last year's election, yet didn't make the cut...wot with strong candidates like Allan Smith and David Iha in the pack.
Still, our island's energy future is SO challenging, and I would be thrilled and honored to serve in this way.
I would hope to help make our electricity greener, sooner, cheaper...and 'twould be grand to join good buddy Carol Bain, who won election last year.
I've looked closely at our strategy choices, and believe I can make a contribution.
Never mind that our electric coop Board hasn’t gotten much involved in strategy, except in a review capacity…that’s typically a good thang.
CEO’s do strategy, and Randy Hee has a strong strategic planning capability in place. And Derek Kawakami just honcho'd a fairly intensive Board-level stratplan process...which led to the green target of 50% in 15 years.
Yet, methinks the proverbial sh_t ain’t fully hit dakine fan yet, and we’re gonna face some tougher strategic choices in the coming months and years. I’d certainly support and push our executive team in this effort.
For one thang, we're gonna need to tweak our business model for the transformation just ahead. We certainly don't want our community-owned utility to perceive community-based energy solutions as a competitive threat.
Nor do we want to preside over a dwindling rate base as we contemplate a writeoff for our largest and most polluting generators.
Either way, if elected, I’d be committed for the long-term. It takes a fair amount of time and orientation to get a Director up-to-speed, and I support the notion that our Directors oughta have longer terms.
Challenge number one: getting elected in a process that relies heavily on name recognition. 'Stokes' is not exactly a household word (heh), and I’m up against a coupla incumbents who get.
I’m hoping that, with help from my networks in Rotary clubs and community groups around the island, I can at least raise the level of discourse as our coop members consider their choices.
Wanna help? Got some tho’ts? Be in touch…