Tri-State News Release
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is pursuing an aggressive Responsible Energy Plan to transition to a cleaner energy portfolio, while ensuring reliability, increasing member flexibility and with a goal to lower wholesale rates.
“Our membership and board are unified in our pursuit of a cleaner, reliable and lower-cost resource portfolio,” said Rick Gordon, chairman of the cooperative’s board of directors. “We are making a strong and unequivocal commitment to transform Tri-State’s resource portfolio in a prudent and responsible manner.” Continue reading here.
From Tri-State’s Website
Our cooperative approach to a clean grid starts now.
We are pursuing an aggressive transition to a cleaner energy portfolio.
How we are transforming
- Developing a Responsible Energy Plan [to] comply with aggressive carbon reduction, renewable energy and resource planning requirements, ensure reliability and affordability and strive to lower wholesale rates while maintaining our strong financial position.
- Engaging with former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter and the Center for the New Energy Economy to facilitate a stakeholder process that will contribute to our Responsible Energy Plan.
- Creating more opportunities for our members to develop local renewable energy by considering the types of memberships and contracts we offer.
- Increasing our renewable resources, with new wind and solar projects and a request for proposals for even more projects.
- Exploring opportunities with solar and energy services providers to make more community-scale solar, energy storage and electric vehicle infrastructure more available to our members at a lower cost.
Additional Recommended Reading
- Rural Electricity Provider Announces Early Coal Plant Closure, Focus on Renewables, by Grace Hood, Colorado Public Radio. Tri-State hopes its renewable energy plan will lower electricity bills for 1.3 million customers, while cleaning up power delivered across rural parts [of] Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico.
- US report says a Green New Deal must help electric co-ops switch to renewables, by Miles Hadfield, Co-operative News. As more and more electric co-ops across the USA signal a growing interest in renewable energy, a report has called for a new program to transition rural economies to clean power. The document, Rural Electrification 2.0, says: “The US public is increasingly demanding clean energy to pursue energy independence and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
- Rural America could power a renewable economy – but first we need to solve coal debt, Clean Cooperative