Tri-State Generation and Transmission

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According to Jessica Matlock, CEO of La Plata Electric Association, the cooperative's board is talking to Tri-State Generation and Transmission about producing more of its power locally in part as an economic development opportunity. Two other co-ops, the Delta-Montrose Electric Association and the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative in Taos, N.M. have reached agreements to break their contracts.

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Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, the electrical utility cooperative that provides power to many rural areas of Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Nebraska, has relied on coal and fossil fuels to generate the bulk of its power for many years.  Now, Tri-State is beginning a rapid shift towards increasing renewable energy.