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Unaweep Canyon is central to Xcel Energy’s big plans for renewable energy production in Colorado

Xcel Energy has a low-tech plan for creating clean power in one of Colorado’s geologic wonders.   As Colorado’s largest utility, with 1.5 million electricity customers, pushes toward its goal of delivering 100% carbon-free power by 2050, the company is seeking federal approval for the state’s largest hydropower project on the Western Slope in Unaweep Canyon […]

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Rural electric co-ops get shocking estimates of the cost to break up with Tri-State Generation

Rural electric cooperatives seeking to leave the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association have received exit fee estimates in a federal filing and it adds up to billions of dollars The respective price tags for two Colorado co-ops in the forefront of the exit movement — Brighton-based United Power and Durango-based La Plata Electric Association — […]

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Tri-State must tell members seeking cleaner, cheaper energy how much it would cost to break up, regulators say

Western rural electric cooperatives that have repeatedly asked how much it will cost for them to leave the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association are facing “unjust and unreasonable or unduly discriminatory” hurdles in getting those numbers, according to federal energy regulators. “The lack of clear and transparent exit provisions has allowed Tri-State to impose substantial […]

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Opinion: Power supplier Tri-State’s members are focused on finding solutions

In the past year, there have been significant member-driven changes, all for the better, with our cooperative power supplier, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association. So, it’s deeply disappointing that The Western Way’s Greg Brophy wrongly vilifies Tri-State in his Jan. 25  Colorado Sun opinion column. Respectfully, we believe the harsh words and rhetoric Brophy directs […]

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Opinion: Tri-State’s CEO on the power supplier’s year of change

They said it couldn’t be done: Create a clean energy transition at breakneck speed, while simultaneously reducing costs to consumers. Yet, after a year of hard work, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association’s member cooperatives and public power districts have made that commitment, cleaner and more affordable than before. In January 2020, Tri-State announced our vision […]

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Tri-State’s clean energy battles with two Colorado electric co-ops now threaten the utility’s finances

The battle between the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association and two of its Colorado electric cooperatives seeking to ditch their memberships has become so pitched that it is now sprawling across state and federal regulatory agencies and the courts. The two – Brighton-based United Power and the Durango-based La Plata Electric Association – want to […]

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Tri-State, under pressure from its member co-ops to change or fall behind, is shifting to renewable energy

In a sign of how quickly the electricity industry is changing, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is taking a quick paced series of steps to deal with market pressure and complaints from some of its member cooperatives. Westminster-based Tri-State — power provider to 43 rural electric cooperatives in four states, including 18 in Colorado — […]