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The public comments received from the April 25th meeting in Alamosa are now available for review. Click here to review the comments. The project studies are currently underway.
On April 25, 2012, Tri-State representatives provided an overview presentation of the reliability issues concerning the existing transmission system serving the San Luis Valley. There was an opportunity for the public to provide comments and input on project alternatives for consideration on new studies focused around a Tri-State-only project.
For several years, south central Colorado has witnessed tremendous growth in residential population, business, industry and agriculture.
In addition, the abundant amount of sunshine has placed this part of the state on the nationwide map for being ripe with potential of renewable wind and solar development.
As a result of the growth, coupled with the renewable energy potential of the area, Tri-State and Xcel Energy proposed the Southern Colorado Transmission Improvement Project to deliver reliable electric power, relieve capacity constraints and offer increased economic development opportunities through renewable energy investment.
While Xcel Energy's recent statements have indicated they are reconsidering participation in the Southern Colorado Transmission Improvements Project, Tri-State's need to ensure reliable power for southern Colorado has not changed. Tri-State and its member electric cooperatives in southern Colorado have long recognized the need to invest in a regional transmission system to ensure reliable power delivery to the rural communities they serve. Consistent with Tri-State's needs as identified in the joint project, we plan to move forward to identify options to ensure our member co-ops, communities and rural industries across southern Colorado have the reliable and dependable electricity they need.
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