Opposition to Tri-State Brews Among Electric Cooperatives

In a first-of-its-kind meeting, member-owners, trustees and activists from New Mexico and Colorado rural electric cooperatives discussed renewable energy and their co-ops’ working relationship with Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association.

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Delta-Montrose Electric Association officials announced Dec. 6 plans to get out of their contract with Tri-State in order to pursue cheaper renewable energy projects

Like all 43 Tri-State member cooperatives, Delta-Montrose is only able to produce or purchase 5 percent of its total electricity from renewable energy sources.

Delta-Montrose Board President Bill Patterson said the cooperative is already over the 5 percent limit.

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