Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc., a wholesale power supply cooperative, generates and transmits electricity to its member distribution systems in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Wyoming. The company also sells a portion of its power to other utilities in the region under long-term contracts and market sale arrangements. It generates electric energy from coal, natural gas, and oil-fired and combustion turbine generation facilities. Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. was founded in 1952 and is headquartered in Westminster, Colorado.
1100 West 116th Avenue
Westminster, CO 80234
Founded in 1952
Tri-State Signs Agreement with NextEra Energy Resources for New Wind Facility in Eastern Colorado
Feb 5 14
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. announced that it has entered into a 25-year agreement with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC for a 150 megawatt wind power generating facility to be constructed in eastern Colorado. Under the 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA), Tri-State will purchase the entire output and associated environmental attributes of the Carousel Wind Farm. The 150 MW facility will be Tri-State's large wind energy PPA to date. When the project begins commercial operation, the wind farm will provide affordable electricity to Tri-State's 44 member cooperatives across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming. The Carousel Wind Farm agreement was the result of a solicitation for renewable resources issued by Tri-State in early 2013, months before the Colorado legislature approved a new mandate doubling the renewable standard for the state's rural electric cooperatives. Although the project will assist the association to meet that mandate, as well as a renewable energy standard in place in New Mexico, Tri-State believes such mandates are unnecessary and that the not-for-profit cooperative's resource decisions should be directed by its democratically-elected board. A NextEra Energy Resources subsidiary will construct, own and operate the Carousel Wind Farm. The project will interconnect to existing Tri-State transmission facilities in the Burlington area and is possible only because of planned transmission upgrades in the area. The upgrades have been in the planning process since 2010 and are expected to be completed in 2016. Nebergall notes that constraints in the grid system are making it increasingly harder to site and construct generation facilities in the region. The new facility will ultimately contribute to an increasingly diverse energy portfolio for the not-for-profit wholesale power supplier.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Issues Order to Public Service Company of Colorado on Engineering and Procurement Agreement
Sep 29 12
The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued the following delegated order: On August 3, 2012, Xcel Energy Services, Inc., (Xcel Energy) filed, on behalf of Public Service Company of Colorado (PSCo), an Engineering and Procurement Agreement (Agreement) between PSCo and Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. (Tri-State). The Agreement details the terms and conditions under which Tri-State will compensate PSCo for performing preliminary interconnection activities related to the construction of a transmission interconnection to PSCo's Ft. Lupton-Hudson Ennis 115kV transmission line. Waiver of the Commission's notice requirements pursuant to section 35.11 of the Commission's regulations (18 C.F.R. section 35.11) is granted, and the Agreement is accepted, effective June 9, 2012, as requested. This filing was noticed on August 6, 2012, with comments, protests, or motions to intervene due on or before August 24, 2012. No protests or adverse comments were filed. Notices of intervention and unopposed timely filed motions to intervene are granted pursuant to the operation of Rule 214 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 C.F.R. section 385.214). Any opposed or untimely filed motion to intervene is governed by the provisions of Rule 214. This action does not constitute approval of any service, rate, charge, classification, or any rule, regulation, contract, or practice affecting such rate or service provided for in the filed documents; nor shall such action be deemed as recognition of any claimed contractual right or obligation affecting or relating to such service or rate; and such action is without prejudice to any findings or orders which have been or may hereafter be made by the Commission in any proceeding now pending or hereafter instituted by or against Public Service Company of Colorado. This action is taken pursuant to authority delegated to the Director, Division of Electric Power Regulation - West, under 18 C.F.R. section 375.307. This order constitutes final agency action. Requests for rehearing by the Commission may be filed within 30 days of the date of issuance of this order, pursuant to 18 C.F.R. section 385.713.