Paul Graf is the current Board
Vice-President and District 6 Director for Pedernales Electric
Cooperative (PEC). He was elected to the Board in 2015 and immediately
elected Secretary/Treasurer by his Board peers. He has served as
Vice-President since early 2017 and currently chairs the PEC Audit
Committee. Graf has remained consistently focused on achieving lower
rates and improving reliability for Co-op members and seeks your vote
to continue working on your behalf.
ran for the Board three years ago believing the PEC rates were too
high. Over the course of his first term, he and the Board and staff
worked together to reduce rates over 15% while coincidentally improving
on already strong reliability at the fastest growing distribution
cooperative in the United States.
will continue to work to keep pressure on rates and further reduce
outage times for improved service to our member-owners. I take my
fiduciary responsibility very seriously. The funds collected in the
rates belong to our members and will be conserved, and ultimately
returned to you in the form of lowcost, safe, reliable energy, and
capital credits. I am committed to helping PEC provide the new services
needed for the fast-growing economy of central Texas.”
Since Graf joined the
Board in 2015, the PEC Board has:
member bills by approximately 15%, bringing PEC rates well below state
member outage times by about 15%.
$25 million in Capital Credits to members since 2015.
$8 million in extra annual revenue in 2015 and 2016 directly to
members. These refunds came in the form of the Revenue Adjustment
Factor (RAF) credit seen on member bills in December 2015 and 2016.
nearly $5 million in annual operating costs through the implementation
of a leaner, more co-op specific enterprise software system.
WITH OUR COMMUNITIES
Paul Graf has fostered better working relationships between PEC and
local government and communitydevelopment entities. As a
is endorsedby many community leaders and elected
officials in District6,
Comal County Sheriff Mark Reynolds
Comal County Commissioner Donna Eccleston
Comal County Commissioner Scott Haag
Comal County Commissioner Jen Crownover
Mayor of Bulverde Bill Krawietz
Bulverde City Council Member Yvonne Chapman
Mayor of Spring Branch James Mayer
Spring Branch City Council Member Brad Hockman
During Graf’s first term, the PEC Board made key investments and
decisions on behalf of members:
with LCRA to offer an economic development rate to attract big
businesses to the Hill Country
land in Comal County for a new District office facility to serve the
needs of District 6 members
local organizations through an Opt-In “Power of Change” program that
enables members to round up their monthly bills to fund various
high school students through a generous scholarship program funded by
DEVELOPMENT of Community Solar for interested members
GROWTH of over 30,000 new services bringing the total
number of meters to 300,000 plus.
LEADERSHIP to the search team that hired Julie Parsley as
the new CEO.
BRINGS BENEFICIAL PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL EXPERIENCE TO PEC BOARD
brings almost five decades of electric industry knowledge and
experience to PEC as an employee, executive, and consultant of
utilities such as CPS Energy, Central and Southwest (CSW) and American
Electric Power (AEP). This knowledge includes power system engineering
and design; financial analysis; power contracting; distributed energy
resource planning; rate making; and executive leadership recruitment
His leadership positions
CSW and AEP as VP served on several international Boards
for business investments (1994-2001).
CSW as a Department Head, managed several large business
units in the 1980’s and 90’s.
Chaired various ERCOT subcommittees from the mid-1970’s
through the 1980’s.
Texas State Association of Fire and Emergency Districts
Board Member (2018).
Comal County Emergency Services District No. 4 President
managing fire service in western Comal County (since 2012).
Bulverde Spring Branch Emergency Services, Inc. Board
member and Officer (since 2014).
River Crossing Property Owners Association President and
Architectural Control Committee Chair (2006-2010).
Paul Graf is a native Texan and has
lived in Spring Branch since 2004. He graduated from Texas A&I
University in Kingsville with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering,
Summa Cum Laude. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas.
Graf and his wife Debi are high school sweethearts celebrating their
50th anniversary this year. They have two adult children. In his spare
time, he still does engineering and management consulting, enjoys
hunting and serving in his other Board responsibilities. The Graf’s are
active in the local Community Bible Church.