The Cape & Vineyard Electric Cooperative (CVEC) announced that John C. Checklick of Falmouth was elected president, taking over from previous president, Charles S. McLaughlin of Barnstable.
Mr. Checklick, a Falmouth resident since 2009, has an extensive utility background following a 33-year career at Central Hudson Gas & Electric Inc. in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., according to a press release. In addition to being Falmouth’s representative on the CVEC Board of Directors, Mr. Checklick is a member of the Falmouth Energy Committee.
The Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative was founded in 2007 to work in concert with the Cape Light Compact towards a more sustainable Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard through the integration of renewable energy. Currently the municipal energy cooperative has 20 town and county members. Members include the towns of Tisbury, Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, and West Tisbury.
The Cooperative is focused on adding approximately 40 megawatts of photovoltaics (PV) to an existing 760 kilowatts of CVEC photovoltaics erected on the Cape and Martha’s Vineyard. Since CVEC’s founding in 2007, CVEC renewable energy projects have saved Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard towns and schools more than $57,000. With the completion of the next two rounds of CVEC PV installations, first-year savings for participating Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard towns and schools are anticipated to reach more than $1.8 million dollars, according to the CVEC.