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JEFF STEBBINS JOINS THE COOPERATIVE FAMILY


cooperative family on Sept. 4 after 31 years at Xcel Energy.


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During his tenure at Xcel Energy, Jeff and his family lived in Amarillo, Texas. He grew up in Boulder, Colo., and has a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado. He started at Xcel Energy directly out of college in 1982.


During his years at Xcel, Jeff worked in several different areas. He was in distribution for three years, operations for five years, planning for three years and transmission for 20 years. His most recent position there was manager of transmission line performance where he helped with the operation and upkeep of 18,000 miles of transmission line. He said the electric utility industry has been his career.


“It’s been a dream of mine to be part of a cooperative because of the family aspect,” Stebbins said. “To be able to come to a place where everyone knows everyone, it’s wonderful. I’m also looking forward to being part of Tri-County Electric’s growth.”


Jeff and his wife Angela are residing in Hooker while searching for a permanent residence in the area. Angela recently retired after many years as the director of worship at a church in Amarillo. She’s enjoying spending more time as Gigi (grandma) to their 16 month old grandson Asher. Asher is the son of their daughter Amanda and her husband Travis Eubanks. They reside in New Mexico.


The Stebbins also have a son Michael, who is 22 years old. He is majoring in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.


“Being Papa to Asher is probably the best job I’ve ever had,” Stebbins said.


Jeff said he will enjoy taking on a role looking at the big picture instead of a specific part of the system. His department includes: Engineering, NERC Compliance, Metering, SCADA, Staking, Relay, Mapping and Right-of-Way. He worked with Tri-County Electric personnel occasionally in his engineering role at Xcel Energy so he knew several employees before he joined the cooperative.


“Jeff brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our cooperative,” Jack Perkins said. “We’re glad he decided to join our team.” n


eff Stebbins is Tri-County Electric’s new vice president of Engineering. He joined the


CEO VIEW CONTINUED FROM PAGE ONE


The Administration’s switch to an all- but-one energy approach would limit Americans’ access to a plentiful and affordable resource. I don’t think we should gamble with the economic well-being of future generations and our nation’s economy.


Already worried about making ends meet, many of Tri-County Electric’s co-op members cannot afford the significant increases in electric bills this policy would trigger.


Historically, the price of coal remains affordable and relatively stable. The U.S. Energy Information Agency reports the United States has 236 years remaining of recoverable coal reserves. Coal generates 37 percent of the nation’s electricity—our biggest energy source by far.


It seems the Administration lets history repeat itself. We saw this all-but-one game in 1978 when Congress passed the ill-conceived Power Plant and Industrial Fuel Use Act. Never heard of it? Few have, but for several years the government banned natural gas for power generation. Yes, natural gas—the fuel source being sold to the nation today as a cleaner fuel option. With natural gas off the table, electric co- ops were forced to choose between building coal or nuclear plants.


Back then, co-ops were in the midst of a major power plant building cycle. With few options, they invested heavily in coal- based generating plants in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Thankfully Congress repealed its mistake, but not for nine years.


Let’s not repeat past mistakes. Stand with us as we fight to keep electric bills affordable. Raise your voice through the Cooperative Action Network at www.action.coop. Tell the EPA we need an all-of-the-above energy strategy. n


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