Oldfather Appointed to Touchstone Board

Appointment fills one of two vacant seats on Touchstone Energy Board of Directors, is third term for Oldfather

For Immediate Release


Geoff Oldfather, (520) 586-5465, C: (520) 444-3473, goldfather@azgt.coop

J.D. Wallace, (520) 586-5157, C: (520) 235-4203, jdwallace@azgt.coop


Arlington, VA – Touchstone Energy welcomes two new members to the board of directors, Geoff Oldfather, communications and public relations manager for Arizona G&T Cooperatives, and Jack Bragg, CEO at Shelby Electric Cooperative (KY).

Oldfather brings 11 years’ experience as a Regional Member representative and six years of prior board experience, including one year as board president, to Touchstone Energy.

Current board president Doug Miller cited the importance of Oldfather’s experience and outstanding leadership in welcoming him back to the board.

“Given the current energy landscape, it is important for Touchstone Energy to have strong leaders on the board.  Geoff’s contributions in the boardroom and guidance for our new executive director will be crucial in advancing the mission, vision and values of Touchstone Energy” said Miller. (www.touchstoneenergy.com)

Miller added, “During our interviews, Geoff and Jack Bragg reiterated their deep commitment to advancing Touchstone Energy as a community partner and pledged to work hard to improve the value of Touchstone Energy among the membership.”

This will be Bragg’s first time on the board. Oldfather, who was elected to two three-year terms on the board, was term-limited in 2016. This will be his third term as a Touchstone Energy director.


Arizona Electric Power Cooperative (AEPCO) www.azgt.coop is one of 62 generation and transmission (G&T) electric cooperatives in the nation. AEPCO owns and operates the Apache Generating Station (Apache) near Cochise, Arizona, east of Benson. Apache provides power to more than 161,000 electric meters and 420,000 people in Arizona, California and New Mexico through six Class A Member distribution cooperatives. The plant has a combined gross generating capacity of 605 megawatts.

AEPCO also operates and maintains more than 841 miles of electric power transmission line including line owned in part with other utilities, and 33 substations in a network that reaches out from Apache and across Arizona to the northwestern corner of the state. The system includes more than 30 telecommunications towers used for phone and data relay services by AEPCO’s Member cooperatives and customers. From this network, our Member distribution electric cooperatives take the power and distribute it to their member-consumers at the end of the line.


Sierra Southwest Cooperative Services, the other cooperative under the AzGT banner, serves the renewable-energy needs of AzGT Member cooperatives and customers by providing a mechanism for maximizing solar and other renewable tax credits through cooperative lenders.