Jim Riggins – District 7

headshot of Jim RigginsPosition: Assistant Secretary

(Board Member since 2020; re-election year is 2023)

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1600
Limon, CO 80828-1600

Phone: (719) 282-8757

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Jim retired after 30 years in the US Air Force, serving as a research engineer, pilot, operational planner, and weapon systems programmer. He also served as an operations group commander and vice wing commander. He is a retired small business owner as a Home Energy Rater and Professional Building Analyst, providing consulting to builders and architects on energy-efficient building construction and residential and commercial energy audits.

Jim holds a Master’s degree in electrical engineering, Military Art and Science, and National Security Strategy. He is a Senior Executive Fellow from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.

Jim and his wife Elise have two boys attending Palmer Ridge High School. They live in a net-zero energy house they designed west of Monument.

Membership/Community Service:

Jim is a volunteer on the Building Committee of the Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity, providing energy efficiency construction guidance. He is a volunteer member of the Southeastern Colorado Renewable Energy Society providing public education seminars on energy efficiency and teaching renewable energy to 4th through 12th-grade science classes.

Board Experience:

As a new Board Member, I look forward to working quickly toward professional board certifications and credentials.

Statement of Position:

“The highest priority is to have a robust grid and reliable energy. It is important for MVEA to keep pace with the changing energy market and reap the benefits of cheaper, cleaner, more rate stable renewable energy, while promoting energy efficiency and demand-side management. A strategic vision that prepares for the growing rate of building and vehicle electrification in Colorado will benefit all MVEA members.”