Clay Electric CEO talks buildings, politics
BY DAN HILDEBRAN
Clay Electric Cooperative General Manager and CEO Ricky Davis talked about the co-op’s new headquarters, now under construction, and warned members about a solar energy ballot initiative that, he said, could compromise safety and place an additional financial burden on Clay Electric members.
Davis made the comments during the cooperative’s 77th annual meeting held yesterday in Keystone Heights.
He said Clay Electric’s board of trustees delayed the building project by several years because of financial concerns. Davis also emphasized the need for the new structures, stating that without them, the co-op’s information and communication systems could be at risk in the older, non-storm-hardened buildings.
Davis also warned attendees of the annual meeting about a pending ballot initiative that would relax barriers to solar power supply.
The proposed constitutional amendment, which could appear on the Nov. 8, 2016 ballot, would allow businesses and individuals to produce and sell up to two megawatts of solar energy to others at the same or contiguous properties.
Davis said the measure could increase risks to consumers and firefighters by eliminating safeguards for power distribution. He also said one consequence of the amendment could result in Clay Electric’s members supplementing the costs of renewable energies.