As irritating as it may be to some, our island's young electricity coop now has a Board member whose passion is open governance.
That's right, in the balloting that ended yesterday, good buddy Carol Bain won a three-year seat on KIUC's nine-member Board of Directors who are tasked with helping allocate a $250 million budget (via the garden island).
When Bain says “we must get off our dependence on fossil fuels,” we know she's serious, since she was among the first Kauaians to purchase an electric vehicle.
Bain said she would help KIUC “embrace the sunshine and make it a truly democratic process, not just pay lip service to democracy.”
Says Bain. “I’m happy that the KIUC board has started moving toward renewable energy, but we can do more. The governor set a target of 20 percent renewable energy by 2020, but I think Kaua‘i can do better than that".
Bain also believes that, as KIUC looks to develop new sources of energy, it should be a leader in working toward the decentralization of the island’s power production and distribution system.
A true community leader, Bain has served on the boards of the Garden Island Arts Council, Kaua‘i Mokihana Festival, the League of Women Voters of Kaua‘i County, the KKCR Community Advisory Board and the Kauai Products Council.
“I care about Kaua‘i,” said Bain. “I wouldn’t be putting my efforts out there if I didn’t.”
Watch for Bain to play a key role in helping to galvanize our island's electricity users around the urgent push for greener energy.
Oh, and, along the way, mebbe Bain can help get more than 30% of coop members involved in Board elections.