Greg Oxley

for Dakota Electric Board

"DEA need directors who know the right questions to ask and are willing to ask them. I believe I can fill this role."

                                                                Greg Oxley

ABOUT GREG OXLEY








EXPERIENCE

Directed the government affairs activities for United Power Association (predecessor to Great River Energy) and the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA) for 36 years. 

        COMMUNITY

        • Chair, Eagan Energy & Environmental Commission
        • Vice-Chair, Dakota County Planning Commission
        • Vice-President, Dakota County Historical Society
        • Past Chair, Dakota Electric Association Nominating Committee - 2015, 2017
        • Apple Valley American Legion Post #1776, Rosemount VFW Post #9433
        • Eagan "Quick Start" Rotary

        EDUCATION

        ● University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND           MA, Political Science 1981

        ● College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN                             BA, (Political Science Major) 1971

        ● St. John’s Preparatory, Collegeville, MN                      Diploma 1967


        MILITARY SERVICE

        Greg piloted a U.S. Air Force O-2 as a forward air controller in South Vietnam in 1972-73                

        (Greg is on the far right on the accompanying photo).  Following his Vietnam service, Greg flew as a co-pilot on KC-135 refueling aircraft based at the USAF base in Grand Forks, North Dakota.


        AWARDS

        • President's Award, MMUA, 2013─the highest award presented by MMUA recognizing outstanding achievement and service to the municipal utilities.    
        • Honorary Lifetime Membership, MMUA, 2014─prestigious award symbolizing a professional life

         dedicated to the advancement of municipal power and the utility industry in Minnesota.

        • Air Medal, Three Oak Leaf Clusters for service in Vietnam.

        • Eagan Rotary Veterans Service Award for military service from 1971-1976.


        ACCOMPLISHMENTS

        ● Represented UPA on the State Task Force on Electric Utility Restructuring (1996-1998).

        ● Secured tax savings on various legislative proposals totaling $1.7 million/year  (1979-1997).

        ● Directed the successful grass-roots effort to convince members of Northern Electric Co-op  

           Association not to sell out to Minnesota Power (1994).

        ● Secured compromise state conservation legislation that accepted the load management practices used by electric cooperatives (1991-1993).

        ● Coordinated the introduction of federal transmission line anti-vandalism bill (1979).

           (This became federal law in 1985).


        FAMILY

        Greg and his wife Pat have 3 children and 3 grandchildren, pictured in this recent family selfie.





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        WHAT I BELIEVE....

        • My main goal-- Give the members the electricity they need when they need it at the most reasonable, possible price.


        • Traditionally, electric utilities measured their competitiveness by comparing their rates and practices to those of the adjoining utility.  As many of our commercial and industrial customers face growing competition from across the globe, we should also keep an eye on the rates and practices of utilities that service 'the competition,' wherever they're located.

         

        • Our continued investment in wind and solar generation must be balanced against concerns about cost and service reliability. 


        • Compensation paid to top employees and directors should be posted in the annual report.  This is a good business practice that has been used by investor-owned utilities for many years.  

         

        • Re-establish the member advisory committee, discontinued in 2000.  Dealing with an electric co-op of Dakota Electric's size and diversity will require us to bring together all the talent we can muster.


        • Electric co-ops work best when they employ good business practices, while sticking to their original motto:

        

                                                "Owned by Those We Serve."

        Want to know more?

        GET IN TOUCH WITH GREG


        Call Greg at 612-963-1869 or

        Send Greg an e-mail at gregoxley82@gmail.com