Voting on 230 kV system to remain open until Nov. 14
Three Pahrump residents win $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000
Valley Electric Association, Inc. (VEA) announced Friday that more than 11,500 votes have been cast by member-owners to sell its 230 kilovolt transmission system.
More than 94 percent of those members who have voted in the special election favor the sale of the transmission system. An approval to sell a major asset requires a two-thirds affirmative vote from the membership. More than 10,800 members had voted “yes” as of noon Friday, which represents approximately 62 percent of the membership.
As a result, at a membership meeting Friday, those present voted to extend the time period to allow more members to vote. Per the bylaws and Nevada state law, Friday’s action would keep voting open for several more weeks.
In September, VEA’s Board of Directors approved the sale of VEA’s 230 kV high voltage transmission system to GridLiance.
The Board has heard from thousands of members during the past 45 days. These interactions have come face to face, phone calls, letters, e-mails, and through social media. Many members have expressed concern with being unable to cast their votes due to loss of ballots, unfamiliarity with computerized voting, inconvenience and the lack of time to consider the complexities of the issue.
In order to assure that members do not feel disenfranchised and have every opportunity to vote, members can cast their ballot through Nov. 14. Members can vote Online at www.vea.coop, in person at Valley Electric Association, by phone (775-727-5312) or by mail.
Also at Friday’s meeting, names of three members were drawn for prizes totaling $5,000. The winning members were:
- $2,500: Patrick and Mary Morgan of Pahrump.
- $1,500: Brooke C. Baker of Pahrump.
- $1,000: Joseph S. Dorey of Pahrump.
A similar drawing will be conducted at the Nov. 14 meeting at the Valley Conference Center. All members who voted in the election were eligible for Friday’s drawing. All members who voted (except Friday’s winners) will be eligible for the Nov. 14 drawing.
About Valley Electric Association, Inc.
Valley Electric Association, Inc. (VEA) is a member-owned nonprofit electric utility headquartered in Pahrump, Nev. While VEA started as a small rural electric utility in 1965, the company now provides electric service to more than 45,000 people within a vast 6,800-square-mile service area located primarily along the California-Nevada border, with the majority in Nevada. Valley Communications Association (VCA), a wholly owned subsidiary of VEA, began proving high-speed communications to our member-owners in the spring of 2016. VEA’s service area starts in Sandy Valley, southwest of Las Vegas, and extends north for more than 250 miles to Fish Lake Valley. For more information about VEA, please visit www.vea.coop.