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Protecting the Hill Country–$martly and ¢ensibly

A win-win for our members, the Hill Country

The Texas Hill Country is a special place. We’re privileged to live and work amid its beauty, and it’s up to all of us to preserve it for generations to come. But we at PEC understand that this can’t be done at any cost; that’s why we focus on win-wins — things we can do that both make sense for our region and make cents for your wallet. 

“We are always looking for cost savings, efficiency and winning solutions,” said PEC CEO John Hewa. 

Take a look at some of our ongoing efforts. 

Awarded $1M grant for protection of endangered species

Last October, we were awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for habitat conservation planning assistance. The funds will be used to research and develop a 30-year habitat conservation plan for the protection of approximately 34 species across five million acres of the cooperative’s service territory. 

“This program is extremely important to me,” said PEC Vegetation Maintenance Supervisor Nina Alexander, who is leading the effort, “and I am very excited to be involved in such a milestone project.” 

Saving more than $2.5 million through wind contract

PEC has been saving more than $200,000 per month through an innovative short-term wind contract. Last July, we established a favorable one-year agreement with American Electric Power for a share of the production of the Trent Mesa Wind Farm, up to 50 megawatts of power. 

“We’re acting nimbly in the market on behalf of our members to attain a low cost, diversified, flexible power portfolio,” PEC Vice President of Power Supply and Energy Services Ingmar Sterzing said. “This strategy has been delivering savings to our members.”