49°F
weather icon Clear

HUSTED: VEA begins its second half-century

As we start a new year, Valley Electric Association, Inc. (VEA) is again eager to embark on a wide range of opportunities that will enhance our level of service as well as our quality of life.

VEA will focus its attention on initiatives to better serve our members and the communities.

These include the broadband fiber optics network project, the Community Solar Project, and service improvements programs that will reduce momentary blinks.

Valley Communications Association will provide our members with direct access to the most advanced optical fiber communications network in the state. In this regard, we are pleased to announce the Pahrump Community Library was the first facility to receive optical fiber service and is already reporting a significant increase in foot traffic.

VEA’s Community Solar Project will provide a new, cost-effective renewable energy option for our member-owners and is expected to begin delivering energy in 2016. This community-focused solar project provides an estimated 200 jobs throughout the construction process.

Further, through a fixed-rate power purchase agreement, the project will provide the cooperative with one of the lowest-priced solar energy contracts in the nation.

One of our core values is transparency; thus, it is imperative for us to remind our members of our long-range strategic plan which includes a rate adjustment set to go into effect in 2017. This will be the first rate adjustment since January 1, 2010, overcoming the country’s worst recession in history and growing the company from $125 million to over $350 million. VEA will continue to make every effort to keep energy costs affordable and provide our members with updates as they become available.

Tom Husted has served as the CEO of VEA since 2006. He has more than 30 years of experience in the utility industry across the Western United States, including more than 20 years as a CEO. Each monthly edition of VEA’s Ruralite magazine features a column from Husted, offering his thoughts about issues affecting the cooperative and the communities it serves. These monthly columns are reprinted in the Pahrump Valley Times.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
DAN SCHINHOFEN: Bill of Rights?

Back in January when the “novel coronavirus” was finally making the news, after the debacle of impeachment was over, I was very interested as I watched the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) shut down a city with 35 million residents. My first reaction was, “This could never happen in America as we have a Bill of Rights.” Boy was I wrong.

DAN SCHINHOFEN: Lessons learned

This past year has seen a lot of changes and most not for the better. As I sit here thinking it over, here are some of the things I have learned.

TIM BURKE: Possible second mandated shutdown would be disastrous

The recent rapid increase in COVID-19 positives is threatening to close businesses and halt family holiday gatherings temporarily. The post-election decrease in COVID-19 positives that some theorized would take place due to the election did not materialize. The exact opposite has happened.

STEVE SEBELIUS: 2020 election mandate? Compromise

Democrats long hoped for a supermajority in the Nevada Legislature; instead, the mixed election results will force both sides to work together to find consensus to fix vexing problems.

DAN SCHINHOFEN: More division coming up

President “projected” Biden stated that he will unite our country. Well, that’s good because his party spent the last four years dividing us. From the end of the election in 2016, the Democrats have refused to accept the results, but rather spent the last four years calling Trump illegitimate, a fraud, and of course tried to impeach him many times. The one time they actually went through with it, they knew it would fail in the Senate, but to meddle in the next election, they did it anyway, During Obama’s administration, there were many times some Republicans wanted to impeach Obama, but with the Senate being held by Harry Reid, they knew it would only be a show and cause division, so they did not.

As Mental Health Comes out of the Shadows, So Should Insurance Coverage to Increase Access to Care

Anyone who has ever tried to navigate the crazy task of selecting an individual health insurance policy knows the fundamental problem is figuring out exactly what you’re buying. Then, traversing the dizzying maze of HMOs, doctors, hospitals, co-pays, deductibles, allowable procedures, and coverage eligibility only increases the frustration.