• LPEA Director Doug Lyon earns electric utility credential

    NRECA awards Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate

    Durango resident Doug Lyon, Ph.D., representing members of District 3 (Durango) on the La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) Board of Directors, has completed the required courses and earned his Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) certificate from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).

    “Education is the cornerstone of effective self-governance, and LPEA’s members are best served by directors who are well-versed in democratic principles and who understand the industry and how this industry can move forward to meet changing demands,” said Mike Dreyspring, LPEA CEO.

    “Today’s electric utility environment imposes new demands on electric cooperative directors, particularly increased knowledge of changes in the electric utility business, new governance skills and a working knowledge of the cooperative principles. We applaud Doug for his commitment.”

    Former Durango City Councilor and Mayor, Lyon was elected to the LPEA Board of Directors in May 2016 and took a concentrated approach to completing all CCD courses this past summer. He is currently a Professor of Management at Fort Lewis College.

    The NRECA Credentialed Cooperative Director program requires attendance and demonstrated understanding of the basic competencies contained in five core courses:

    “The NRECA director trainings are very well-done and informative,” said Lyon. “Since the electric utility industry is both complex and rapidly changing, I felt that it was important to get up to speed as quickly as possible. I look forward to completing the next set of training courses.”

    NRECA is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.

    LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 31,000 members, with nearly 42,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible.