A Trojan horse, deceit, and subterfuge—United Power says it was all there as wholesale supplier Tri-State Generation and Transmission assembled a strategy to make sure it would have to stay “imprisoned” in its contract with Tri-State through 2050, foregoing savings in lower-cost renewable energy and avoiding regulators in Colorado.
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.
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.