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Tri-State, Environment Colorado collaborate on energy efficiency study


Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association and Environment Colorado have agreed to work cooperatively on a system-wide energy efficiency study. The collaboration between Tri-State and Environment Colorado marks a new step in the relationship between the organizations.


"Tri-State has a longstanding commitment to energy efficient practices and programs that create value for our member-owners," said Mac McLennan, Tri-State’s senior vice president of external affairs. "The study is the next step in our energy efficiency efforts and will provide insight into the benefits of additional energy efficiency and load management programs."  


The study is the cornerstone of a settlement reached this week between Tri-State and Environment Colorado, which had challenged Tri-State’s application in Colorado water court to change the use of 20,000 acre-feet of agricultural water to industrial use for a future southeastern Colorado power plant that will serve the association’s members.  Environment Colorado has agreed to withdraw its legal challenge in exchange for Tri-State’s agreement to work together on the far-reaching efficiency study.


“Efficiency is the first step to a clean energy future. We look forward to working with Tri-State to increase energy efficiency across its system,” said Keith Hay, energy advocate at Environment Colorado. “This study can help serve as a roadmap for Tri-State to increase the energy efficiency of homes, businesses, farms and ranches in rural Colorado. As a result, Environment Colorado believes Tri-State can save money for their consumer-owners and reduce the need for new energy-generation facilities.”


The study, which will be completed by February 2010, will assess the technical, economic and practical potential for efficient electricity use, including an analysis of ways Tri-State can further shave demand during peak use times. Tri-State will consult with Environment Colorado on the selection of a contractor to conduct the study, as well as the study’s design, and Environment Colorado also may review and comment on the study.  Results from the study will be used to assist Tri-State as it reviews additional energy efficiency and load management programs, and provide inputs into the association's resource plans.



Updated: February 6, 2009




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