Tri-State sets record straight on coal

Author: - July 17, 2009 - Updated: July 17, 2009

Dear Editor,

The article “Turbine to send energy to four states” published July 10 in The Statesman mistakenly stated that Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association announced a purchase of energy from a new Kansas coal-based power plant. This is not accurate. Tri-State did announce in April that it would re-evaluate its long-term resource planning, including the appropriate role of energy efficiency, renewable energy, natural gas, coal and nuclear resources as part of a balanced portfolio. Participation in a potential Kansas project is one of many options under evaluation that could help meet Tri-State’s member cooperatives’ future electricity requirements.

In the near term, Tri-State has announced contracts for 220 megawatts of combined-cycle natural gas capacity in eastern Colorado and 81 megawatts of renewable resources in Colorado and New Mexico. Tri-State’s Colorado member co-ops are also adding 10 megawatts of local, community-based renewable resources.

Lee A. Boughey
Senior manager, communications and public affairs Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.