I Claimed Energy Independence for My Co-Op Last Summer — Here’s What Happened Next


There is a groundswell of interest among our nation’s cooperatives to find a cleaner, more affordable energy future that is anchored in local decision-making and control.

Luis A. Reyes, Jr., is CEO of the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative in Taos, New Mexico.

When I talk about achieving energy independence for our member owners, I’m declaring that no community should be dictated what source of power generation they have to consume — and no group should be beholden to another group charging them ever-escalating and opaque pricing.

Our cooperative, the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative in northern New Mexico (KCEC), was criticized by some for our decision — at the urging of our members — to forge our own roadmap to energy independence. It was critical that we restore our community members with local decision-making control over power choices.

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