Rural electric cooperatives look at cutting the cord

Several co-ops, including La Plata Electric Association, have complained about what they see as Tri-State’s high power costs, limits on developing local renewable energy and the loss of dollars sent out of town to buy electricity.

On the Front Range, large co-ops, such as Brighton-based United Power and Fort Collins-based Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association, are pressing for more local renewable generation.

For models, the co-ops are looking at Kit Carson Electric Cooperative in Taos, New Mexico, which paid $37 million to get out of its long-term contract with the Westminster-based Tri-State. Tri-State serves 43 electric cooperatives in four states, including 18 in Colorado.

via Durango Herald Rural electric cooperatives look at cutting the cord