In 2006, directors of Delta-Montrose Electric were asked to commit to the middle of the 21st century to a coal plant to be built in the Kansas prairie. They had a different vision. More slowly, that wholesale provider, Tri-State Generation and Transmission, created a new vision, too, forced by the upheaval in the world of energy that is just now beginning.
Two Colroado investors have put $130 million into Guzman Energy, which has made renewable energy central to its bid to become an energy supplier for electrical co-ops and municipal providers in the Rocky Mountains and beyond.
Taos-based Kit Carson Electric in July began production from a solar farm near the Angle Fire ski area in northern New Mexico. Financed by Guzman Energy, the co-operative is pushing toward a goal of 100 percent renewable energy. It expects to meet daylight needs from renewable sources by 2022.
The business model for Tri-State Generation & Transmission is in the cross-hairs as Durango-based La Plata Electric Association studies its long-term options.
Kit Carson Electric of Taos, N.M., has set a goal of 100 percent renewables. The cast of characters includes the son of a coal miner and a former executive with Nike.