Jim Riggins


District 7

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


Jim retired after 30 years in the US Air Force, serving as a research electrical engineer, pilot, operational planner, and strategic programmer. He 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 Energy Analyst, providing consulting to builders and architects on energy-efficient building construction, and residential and commercial energy audits.

Jim holds 3 Masters degrees 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

Jim has completed the requirements for the Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) certification and is now working on his Board Leadership Certificate (BLC).

Statement of Position

“The highest priority is to have reliable and affordable energy. It is important for MVEA to keep pace with the rapidly 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 adoption of building and vehicle electrification in Colorado will benefit all MVEA members.”