By Dan Mika, Loveland Reporter-Herald
In a statement, La Plata said it supports Tri-State’s push toward renewable energy, but said the power provider’s rules are preventing it from creating its own series of renewable energy sources to meet its local carbon reduction targets. “While Tri-State’s future goal will help meet our carbon reduction goal, we do not yet know what the costs of its plan will be to our members and what LPEA’s role will be for producing local, renewable energy into the future,” said La Plata Energy Association CEO Jessica Matlock. Member co-ops are required to buy 95% of their power from Tri-State. [Tri-State Association’s 43 member co-ops are located in Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming and New Mexico]. Read more here.
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Additional Recommended Reading
- Tri-State announces major renewables shift with 1 GW in new projects, but questions remain, Utility Dive. “Since Tri-State rates are already 20-30% higher than the statewide average, we need to understand how the Tri-State Plan is going to drive down the costs of energy.” – United Power spokesperson Heidi Storz
- Power utility plans solar projects in Colorado, New Mexico, Associated Press, Denver Channel 7
National Trade Association
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national trade association representing more than 900 local electric cooperatives. From growing suburbs to remote farming communities, electric co-ops serve as engines of economic development for 42 million Americans across 56 percent of the nation’s landmass. As local businesses built by the consumers they serve, electric cooperatives have meaningful ties to rural America and invest $12 billion annually in their communities.
NRECA’s Renewable Energy Data
- 499 rural electric cooperatives in 43 states utilize solar as a source of power.
Scroll down to see the 8 Nebraska cooperatives that use solar energy.
- 200 cooperatives in 32 states offer community solar programs to their members.
564 cooperatives in 36 states utilize wind as a source of power.
Nebraska ranks 5th among these states, with 29 cooperatives utilizing wind energy, behind Minnesota (44), Missouri (41), Indiana (38), and Iowa (32).
724 cooperatives in 43 states utilize hydro power.
Nebraska is 6th among these states, with 30 cooperatives utilizing hydro power, behind
Minnesota (44), Texas (43), Georgia (42), Missouri (41), and Iowa (35).
141 cooperatives in 10 states utilize heat recovery. Nebraska is 9th, with 6 cooperatives utilizing heat recovery.
Thermal capture technologies, including geothermal technologies, use heat to generate power. Geothermal power capturing the earth’s heat is cost-effective, reliable and available 24/7. Similar technology can also be used to recover heat that otherwise would have gone to waste from industrial processes, such as exhaust from natural gas pipeline compressors.
Links to More Information
- DOE Selects NRECA for Wind Energy Research Initiative, NRECA News Release
NRECA will team with co-ops around the country to evaluate and deploy diverse types of distributed wind projects. The project aims to increase understanding of the potential benefits of distributed wind and reduce market barriers for the adoption of these technologies in rural areas.
- NRECA’s Solar Utility Network Deployment Acceleration (SUNDA) Project Resources
- NRECA Podcast – Along Those Lines, Episode 10: Beneficial Electrification 101