DMEA members have been getting robocalls that pretend to ask your opinion but are actually telling you:
• That alternative energy will cost rural Colorado $2 billion.
• That the $70,000 management assessment approved by the DMEA board is wasted money.
Here is the rest of the story.
DMEA was able to absorb Tri-State's 4.9 percent increase because the South Canal hydro-project will save DMEA $1 million. This alternative energy project is that much cheaper than Tri-State power. And it is only five percent of DMEA's supply.
If Tri-State would lift its five percent limit on DMEA's ability to locally generate, DMEA could produce one-third of our power locally, using methane from the mines. Coal mine methane is an alternative energy according to SB 252 and it would be cheaper than Tri-State's power. Correctly done, SB 252 will save DMEA's member-owners lots of money.
I voted with the board majority to conduct an outside management assessment because we all need to know if the $193,698 average compensation paid in 2011 to DMEA's top seven managers is appropriate. We also need to know if the two top salaries — $266,820 and $217,410 — are appropriate. Does DMEA need two people at this level? The assessment should tell us that and more.
The numbers above are public, taken from DMEA's 2011 tax return. On May 13, the tax return was put up on DMEA's website under Member Information/Financials. Go to page 23 of the 990 form.