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About Us

Founded in 1939, Holy Cross Energy (HCE) is a not-for-profit rural electric co-op providing safe, reliable, affordable, and sustainable energy and services that improve the quality of life for more than 45,000 members in western Colorado. 

HCE was built by a group of farmers in effort to bring electric services to rural areas. HCE belongs to the diverse communities and member-owners we serve and is committed to leading the responsible transition to a clean energy future. Its 100×30 goal is to provide members with 100% clean energy by 2030 and achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2035.

Read more: our mission, vision, & core values

Careers at HCE

Today, our teams include a diverse range of departments that contribute to the overall success of our co-op: Accounting • Community Relations • Engineering • Facilities • Human Resources • Information Technology • Member Services • Operations • Operations Technology • Power Supply • Purchasing • Safety • System Operations

dedicated local employees serving nearly
electric meters in our service territory

Our Employees

  • Are empowered to lead at all levels
  • Are committed to the safety and welfare of themselves, their co-workers and the general public
  • Create teams that build on the strengths of each individual
  • Are accountable, take ownership and responsibility for their words and actions
  • Are guided by integrity in their decision making, treatment of one another and follow through on their commitments
  • Strive to treat each other and our members with the highest degree of respect, empathy and trust
  • Are committed to meeting our member’s needs and expectations

Where we work

We are proud to provide energy and services to farms, ranches and rural communities in the Eagle Valley (Dotsero, Gypsum, Eagle, Edwards, Wolcott, Avon and Vail), Roaring Fork Valley (CarbondaleBasaltSnowmass Village and Aspen), and the Colorado River Valley (New CastleSilt, Rifle and Battlement Mesa). We serve some of Colorado’s major ski resorts located in the Aspen and Vail areas and other members in the tourist and outdoor recreation industry.

Our headquarters are located in Glenwood Springs and we have additional facilities in Gypsum and Avon, Colorado. We believe in being a conscientious steward of our natural resources, and have been a pioneer in leading several long-standing programs supporting efficiency, conservation and renewable energy.

Diversity, equity, & inclusion
We embrace our distinct backgrounds, cultures and perspectives that make our electric cooperative strong, innovative and positioned to best serve the needs of our members and employees.
Community engagement
Our employees are encouraged to volunteer in our local communities, and can even earn up to three paid volunteer days. We organize quarterly group employee volunteer days, assisting local organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers.
Employee wellness
Through our wellness program, employees can earn an annual $500 reimbursement to cover wellness-related expenses like athletic equipment and health club membership, class, and training fees.
Larry Shaffer Award

Meet some recent winners of this annual award for outstanding operations employees.


Mike Tornes

Crew Foreman


Eli Snead

Tree Trimmer


Jeff Hauer

Senior Meter Technician

Ed Grange Award

Meet some recent winners of this annual award for outstanding office employees.


Jon C.

Project Administrator


Lindsey Williams

Community Outreach Specialist


Jack Wartenkin 

Warehouse Manager

Join our team at Holy Cross Energy

Our benefit package

We offer a generous benefit package, which includes medical, dental, prescription and vision insurance, wellness program, life and long term disability insurance, paid time off (PTO), seven paid holidays and comprehensive retirement programs. Click here for Employee Benefit Summary (PDF).

  • Medical/Prescription/Dental Insurance Coverage – Holy Cross offers a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) and High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) for medical and prescription and a comprehensive dental plan to eligible employees on the first day of the month following their date of hire. Employees participating in the plan are responsible for paying 10% of the premium.
  • Paid Holidays – Holy Cross offices are closed for the following seven holidays; New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) – 16 hours of PTO accrues per month through the fifth year of employment starting the first of the month following the date of hire. The number of PTO hours accrued increases with length of employment after five years.
  • Retirement Security Plan – A defined benefit retirement program is funded by Holy Cross Energy after employees meet a one year eligibility period. The retirement benefit formula is the product of .5%, times years of benefit service, times final average salary.
  • 401k Plan – Holy Cross Energy contributes a 14% base contribution plus up to a 4% matching contribution of employee’s total wages to their 401(k) Plan after employees meet a one year eligibility period.

Additional benefit programs

  • Life Insurance And Accidental Death And Dismemberment (AD&D)
  • Short Term & Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Business Travel Accident Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Section 125 Program (if enrolled in PPO)
  • Health Savings Account (if enrolled in HDHP)
  • Vision Insurance
  • Optavise – Free Health Advocates
  • Teladoc
  • Service Recognition Program
  • PPE Contribution Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement Assistance
  • Special Purchase Privilege
  • Transportation Incentive Program
  • Optional Term Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Optional Aflac Accident Insurance
  • Optional Aflac Critical Illness Insurance
  • Optional Allstate Identity Theft Protection
  • Employee Wellness Program
  • Mortgage Assistance Program

Join our team

Any individual who needs accommodation or assistance in making an application for employment or at any time during the application process should inform the Human Resources Department at (970) 945-5491.

This page is an outline only and is not a contract or guarantee of benefits. Eligibility requirements need to be met. Refer to the Summary Plan Documents for complete coverage information.