Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is one of the largest G&Ts in the country,
delivering power to 43 electric cooperatives in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Nebraska.
Like many other G&Ts, most of the power that Tri-State generates comes from coal fired power plants . . . Tri-State’s largest member co-op, United Power, has proposed changes to Tri-State’s bylaws to give co-ops more flexible contract options, so they can purchase power from other providers and pursue more local renewable energy projects. United Power has been discussing its proposal with other Tri-State member co-ops, warning that Tri-State policies are turning away large customers.
United Power built several solar projects, and in 2017 reached the limit on local energy
development imposed by Tri-State. So United shifted its strategy to energy storage projects, and installed a 4 megawatt Tesla Powerpack, now the largest battery in Colorado. But Tri-State
pushed back, and last year changed its policies to discourage its member co-ops from pursuing energy storage projects. Read the entire article here.
Photo: United Power’s Battery Storage Project. YouTube Video Joe Smyth includes in his article: