CIERA Report by Tom McAloon

Tom McAloon was selected along with representatives from four other unbridged island to participate in the Collaborative for Island Energy Research and Action(CIERA) program managed by the Island Institute and College of the Atlantic. Tom’s CIERA project was the preparation of the report “Options for Sustainable Delivery of Electricity to Swan’s Island and Frenchboro". The report was informed by his time spent as manager of the Swan's Island Electric Cooperative, study tour to Samso Island in Denmark, a lecture series at the College of the Atlantic(COA) and many conversations with SIEC members, Island Institute and COA staff and the other island representatives participating in the CIERA program.

Report available for download below after Disclaimer from the Swan's Island Electric Cooperative

A Message (and a Disclaimer) from your Cooperative Board President:

Tom McAloon’s Study on “Options for Sustainable Delivery of Electric Service to Swan’s Island and Frenchboro” is a “must read” for any member of our electric cooperative interested in learning about the future directions open to our member-owned utility. Given Tom’s recent service as General Manager of the SIEC (2011-2013) and his lifetime of experience in providing utility service to small and large communities, there is no one better qualified to explore the opportunities and pitfalls of change for our cooperative – against a backdrop of fast-moving developments in the nation’s energy sector and the ever-present challenges of containing cost, while assuring the safe delivery of reliable electric power.

The Board of the SIEC has unanimously voted to include Tom’s entire report in our website. While the views and opinions expressed in the report are his alone, and have been formed independently of the SIEC Board, his study admirably “sets the table” for the discussions we will have this year and next with our membership - concerning future directions.

 ~ Ed Schwabe, SIEC Board President,   Jan. 27, 2015

Tom's report and supporting documents/annexes are available for download as PDF files below.

Download Tom's Report - "Options for Sustainable Delivery of Electric Service to Swan's Island and Frenchboro"

Download supporting documents - Annexes to the report