Grady elected as regional REC director

From contributed reports
Member-owners attending Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s (REC) annual meeting on Saturday, Aug. 14 voted to keep Thomas T. Grady as director for REC’s Region II, which includes Rappahannock County.

Robert G. Marmet also sought election to the post, but Grady received more than 85 percent of the votes. Both Marmet and Grady are from Fauquier County.

This was the first REC annual meeting since the acquisition of Allegheny Power, which had been Rappahannock County’s primary electric provider. The acquisition made REC Virginia’s largest electric cooperative and its third-largest electric utility.

Members attending the annual meeting in Fredericksburg heard Kent D. Farmer, REC’s president and CEO, say: “The acquisition is behind us, and the transition has begun. This has been a smooth process, successfully carried out by an extremely qualified and dedicated workforce.” Farmer continued: “REC saw the decision to work with Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative to purchase Allegheny Power’s Virginia territory as an opportunity to grow the cooperative business and to reduce per-unit operating costs for members.”

In conceding the election, Marmet said: “I’d like to congratulate Thomas Grady for his win for the region 2 representative on the REC Board of Directors . . . . Despite the fact that I am disappointed that I won’t be joining the board, I am encouraged by the conversations I had with the CEO and others [who] have assured me that their top priority is improving energy efficiency measures within the coop, so I look forward to seeing these new programs implemented within the coming year.”

Marmet continued: “ As a REC member, I would also like to see the newly-elected board make a firm commitment to transparency and accountability in its decision-making, particularly regarding financial decisions . . . I hope to have the opportunity to work closely with the board and the membership at large as we build a sustainable energy future for REC and the Commonwealth.”

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