Join us for our bi-monthly Solutionary Rail organizing call, Wednesday, April 26th at 5 pm (Pacific)
Hear the latest developments on the Solutionary Rail campaign and find out how you can join the team to make electrified rail, and a decarbonized future, a reality. RSVP and receive the call in instructions, including how to join our Zoom video conference from you smartphone or computer.
Our special guest this week is Patrick Cox, Ph.D, a sustainability advocate who led the Padernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) in Central Texas, the largest and now one of the most innovative electric cooperatives in the nation. Dr. Cox served as Board Director and as President during his 7 year term to bring democratic reforms to the PEC governance and services. Dr. Cox is also a founding director and former President of the Cooperative Leadership Network (CLN), a national education network for electric coop directors dedicated to clean energy solutions combined with democratic and ethical governance.
We look forward to hearing his reflections on working with electrical cooperatives and innovating within that fascinating sector. Few realize that 75% of US landmass is served by member owned rural electrical cooperatives charted in the 1930's to provide power to rural communities. (SEE MAP BELOW)
In the Solutionary Rail book we hint at the potentially vital role these co-ops could play in decarbonizing our power and transportation infrastructure. We'll ask Dr. Cox to address some of the realities, hurdles and potential of rural electrical cooperatives to move toward renewable energy, decarbonization, provision of clean power to trains and population centers while building sustainable local economies.
Instructions for participating will be sent to you when you RSVP
Bill, Diane and the Solutionary Rail Team
PSS - If you haven't reached out to your local library to get Solutionary Rail in their catalog, PLEASE visit this page for simple instructions for how to do so.
This map is from the National Rural Electrical Cooperative Association