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Re: E-M:/ ENGLER is still doing damage
Enviro-Mich message from Gary Stock <email@example.com>
Crikey! This story is actually getting some traction:
At this moment, 67 stories including in Salon, Wired, Washington Post,
Forbes, and most state journals -- most by way of Reuters and AP.
All about IREA, a company whose service area likely averages in the 90th
percentile for annual insolation across the continental US -- perhaps
more like 95th percentile among "developed" countries worldwide.
To paraphrase Utah Phillips, they have web trails...
>From (among other public contribution records):
July 7, 2003: a $500 contibutor to "SENATE MAJORITY FUND"
2426 S ZEPHYR WAY
LAKEWOOD CO 80227
Self-identified in that file as:
Contacts data is generic for most IREA employees:
State of Colorado Public Utilities Commission Regulatory Contact
Electric, Non-Rate Regulated Rural Electric Association
Intermountain Rural Electric Association
Stanley Lewandowski, General Manager
P.O. Drawer A
Sedalia, CO 80135-0220
Email Address: <No Email Address>
None?! Wow; no useful addresses anywhere on the IREA site!
OK; we need to understand their system. Other web sites report:
Manager of Public Affairs
Dick Prahl (John R. Prahl)
Last name only appears to be the pattern in the ranks:
SENIOR METER TECHNICIAN
SUPER. SUBSTA. & METERING
They add first initials where uniqueness may fail:
Finally! This is given as Lewandowski's e-mail, perhaps an assistant:
Stan's home phone is _much_ easier to find:
Stanley R Lewandowski Jr.
2426 S Zephyr Way
Lakewood, CO 80227
He's apparently not employed for his management expertise:
He's mentioned somewhere in this article on SLAPP:
Political Claims, Legal Derailment, and the Context of Disputes
Penelope Canan, Gloria Satterfield, Laurie Larson, Martin Kretzmann
Law & Society Review, Vol. 24, No. 4 (1990) , pp. 923-952
This article is about claims manipulation and the influence
of context on the careers and outcomes of disputes. We explore
eleven cases in which civil tort action was used when citizen
opponents petitioned the government (lawsuits called SLAPPs or
"strategic lawsuits against public participation"). Rather than
being totally contingent on interactional and situational factors,
these disputes followed two general trajectories of transformation,
depending on whether they arose from an "internal" or "external"
setting. Disputes initially tied to a broad cultural or political
claims base were transformed into more narrow and concrete claims.
Yet the original political claims of the lawsuit targets were
less likely derailed.
However, I don't have access to JSTOR to confirm his role...
IREA appears out of step even in its home state, and industry:
Colorado Electrical Co-Op Opposes Renewable Energy Mandates
Colorado?s largest electrical co-op, Intermountain Rural
Electric Association, sent out fliers to customers urging
them not to support legislation designed to reduce dependence
on fossil fuels. The Colorado legislature is currently
considering a bill that would mandate that ten percent
of Colorado electricity originates from renewable sources.
Intermountain claims that wind energy is expensive and is
dangerous to birds and people. Greg Schnacke, executive
vice president of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association
disputed Intermountain?s claims and supports the energy
The Nexcerpt service I run reports that original Denver Post article:
...entitled "Renewable-energy bill opposed," appeared on 2004-03-26.
IREA tells a different story internally:
"...we have opposed the Renewable Energy Mandate that,
if imposed on utilities by the legislature, would cause
a significant increase in electric rates. We are not
opposed to renewable energy?as a matter of fact, a large
portion (from 7% to 15%) of the electricity delivered to
Association members is renewable, hydroelectric power.
We are, however, opposed to government mandates which
would increase your rates."
Don't we all feel better now?
What's the general story on IREA?
Intermountain Rural Electric Association
With nearly 128,000 members, Intermountain Rural Electric
Association (IREA) is one of the largest and fastest-growing
of more than 900 member-owned electric distribution cooperatives
in the United States.
Since there are no stockholders, monies earned by the cooperative
are returned to members via capital credit refund checks that are
mailed in February of each year.
Actually, that explains a lot...
IREA's 5,000-square-mile service area includes all or parts of ten
counties to the east, west and south of the metro Denver area and
west of Colorado Springs. IREA's headquarters is located in Sedalia,
Colorado, south of Littleton and north of Castle Rock. IREA has
district offices in Strasburg, Conifer and Woodland Park.
IREA aappears associated with four non-local firms (no rationale offered):
Kohinoor Energy Ltd. http://www.kel.com.pk/
ABB Energy Ventures http://www.abb.com/
Nana Development Corp. http://www.nana.com/
South Central Power Co. http://www.southcentralpower.com
>From IREA's own newsletter, January 2006:
TIMOTHY WHITE, President
SIDNEY HANKS, Vice President
EUGENE SPERRY, Secretary/Treasurer
GEORGE R. HIER, Asst. Sec./Treas.
TOM PHILLIPS, Director
JAMES DOZIER, Director
BRUFF SHEA, Director
STANLEY R. LEWANDOWSKI, JR., Gen. Mgr.
But, that would just get me started on more names, and you haven't
contacted Stan yet, have you?
Gary Stock firstname.lastname@example.org
It's not that the Kansas School Board is full of idiots.
It's just that idiots outnumber the rest by six to four.
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