In an effort to promote beneficial electrification, Colorado electric co-ops in all corners of the state are encouraging consumer-members to make the switch to electric outdoor power equipment. They are doing this by partnering with power supplier Tri-State Generation and Transmission to offer consumer rebate opportunities on new outdoor equipment.
Mountain View Electric Association, Inc., headquartered in Limon, is holding an outdoor equipment contest for its members to enter: The co-op will give away an electric lawnmower in June and an electric snowblower in October. MVEA states on its website that, while there is an initial investment when making the switch to electric equipment, switching to electric can save consumer-members money over time since the equipment or the equipment battery chargers plug into a wall. Electric lawnmowers, snowblowers and chain saws don’t need to be refueled and the cost of electricity is cheaper than other fuel sources.
Electric outdoor equipment is also better for the environment, as gasoline-powered lawn equipment creates pollution from exhaust and spillage when refilling the tanks.
This is just one more way that Colorado’s electric co-ops and Tri-State are innovatively creating beneficial electrification opportunities for consumer-members across the state.