By Allen Best, Mountain Town News
Tri-State Generation and Transmission last week promised to deliver what Colorado wants, an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. As for how it will deliver on that pledge, it remains a bit of a mystery. Less coal production, obviously. More wind and solar, ditto. And, as has been highlighted in recent filings, more transmission to get electricity from renewable sources to its 16 member co-operatives in Colorado. Continue reading here.
- Tri-State to cut greenhouse gases in Colorado by turning to renewable power, The Durango Herald. Tri-State is joining with North Dakota-based Basin Electric Power Cooperative, the Deseret Power Cooperative in Utah, the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska and the federal Western Area Power Administration to explore joining the Southwest Power Pool. SPP operates a market that covers all or part of 17 states from the Southwest to North Dakota.
- Tri-State takes significant step to increase member flexibility, sets contract termination payment methodology, Tri-State News Release. Under the new contract, utility members can self-supply up to 50% of their load requirements, subject to availability in the open season, in addition to the current 5% self-supply provisions and a new community solar provision. In late 2019, the board of directors approved the Contract Committee’s recommendation to expand member opportunities for community solar projects.
Tri-State Association members are located in four states: Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Nebraska.