Two of three biggest members of Tri-State Generation and Transmission say they’re very unhappy with the new policies that are purported to provide transparency and increase member flexibility. Together, the two co-ops by July will represent upwards of 25% of the total demand among the by-then 42 members of Tri-State.
“Watch our feet,” Tri-State CEO Duane Highley said last October. Today, he announced the closing of two coal units in Colorado and one in New Mexico, which will allow the wholesale supplier to comply with Colorado greenhouse reduction goals. But can Highley keep his biggest members from leaving? That’s the biggest of several questions going forward.
Two electrical cooperatives asked the Colorado PUC this week to referee their disputes with Tri-State, reflecting growing tensions about the shift from carbon to renewables by wholesale supplier.
Four candidates vied for one position on the Holy Cross Energy board of directors this year. This and other contested director positions reflect the growing interest in the energy transition in rural Colorado.