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Numerous community groups throughout the region have provided letters in support of the transmission project, signifying the concern and need for continued reliable power and the potential for renewable energy development.
"Rural economic development in southern Colorado relies on access to a dependable supply of electricity, and the proposed project will ensure that utilities in southern Colorado can serve their consumers with a reliable, affordable and adequate supply of electric power."
Asplin and Associates
"It is timely and necessary to expand the capacity of power transmission into the San Luis Valley. We are certainly in support of the planning for and implementation of the improvement project."
Colorado Potato Administrative Committee
"Without the addition of new transmission lines in the near future, voltage collapse could affect many potato producers' ability to efficiently operate their farms, and perhaps even limit potato production in the valley."
Del Norte Federal Bank
"This alternative transmission line will provide a more reliable power service to both the SLV Rural Electric Cooperative and Xcel Energy customers."
"During each summer, we will have over one million dollars worth of food crops at risk. As our valley's electric needs continue to grow and the profitability of farming continues to be tenuous, it will be very important for more affordable power. I would much rather see a power line in the daylight than to not have light to see at night."
San Luis Valley Development Resource Group
"We support your efforts to provide transmission capacity for renewable development and to boost economic/community development opportunities for new commercial/industrial operations as well as our base of small businesses."
San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center
"There is a risk to our patients if we lose generator power or if this corridor serving the entire Valley is disabled beyond our capabilities."
San Luis Valley Resource Conservation & Development Council
"Beyond assuring reliability of service in the SLV, an additional 230-kilovolt line will allow for the development and export of new generation resources which we see as a growing industry for the valley."
Upper Rio Grande Economic Development Council
"The new transmission line is long overdue and without the increased capacity, the San Luis Valley will not have the adequate infrastructure available to attract new businesses and industries that would help improve the quality of life for our region."
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