Entries by CREA Admin

NRECA’s Essence Tool Guarding Grid

By Cathy Cash, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association It was the perfect setup: remote, rustic and with a real electric grid ripped by sabotage. The question for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association was how Essence, a tool it developed to monitor the grid, would facilitate a so-called “blackstart,” restoring power amid a ruined transmission […]

Tri-State Hydro Projects Play Central Role in Energy Mix

Renewable hydropower has been part of Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association’s energy mix since its beginning more than 50 years ago. And, while the power supply co-op started with large hydropower from the Western Area Power Administration and its large dams in the western United States, today the power supply also includes smaller hydro projects […]

Potential Solar Array for San Miguel Power Association

San Miguel Power in Ridgway recently took another step toward adding another solar project. The San Miguel County planning commission recently recommended the approval of a special use permit to allow the installation of a solar array that would provide electricity to San Miguel Power Association. The project, which has already been approved by Tri-State […]

Mountain Parks Electric Rebates for Green Power

Granby-based Mountain Parks Electric rebated $34,260 to its consumer-members who installed local renewable energy systems last year. MPE provides electricity to all of Grand and Jackson counties and parts of Larimer, Routt and Summit counties, which includes nearly 4,000 square miles. Any MPE member installing a new renewable energy system — solar, wind, hydro, biomass […]

Grand Valley Power Sets Clean Energy Goal

Grand Valley Power recently announced that it has adopted one of the most aggressive environmental targets of any electric cooperative in the nation. The Grand Junction-based electric co-op set a goal to deliver a 60 percent clean energy mix to its consumer-members by 2030. Currently delivering electricity with a 30 percent renewable mix, Grand Valley […]

CREA Backs Your Local Co-op to Serve Members Better

By Derrill Holly and Amy Higgins The true power of locally-owned electric cooperatives is the consumer-members living and working in the communities they serve, and when those co-ops are connected, their collective energy gives them statewide reach. That’s the role that the Colorado Rural Electric Association and other electric cooperative statewide associations play in supporting […]

White River Solar Project

Earlier this month, Meeker-based White River Electric Association opened a new solar farm. WREA Members will have opportunities to lease blocks of power from the Piceance Creek Solar Farm beginning in May 2019. The lease program will be similar to the solar leasing program at the Meeker Solar Garden which is adjacent to Meeker High […]

Spanish Peaks Solar Project Announced by Tri-State

Over the last 10 years, Tri-State Generation and Transmission has added more than 475 megawatts of utility scale wind, solar and other renewable energy projects to its portfolio. This diverse generation mix will continue to increase with a new solar project. The 100-megawatt Spanish Peaks Solar Project is the fourth utility-scale solar project from the […]

San Luis Valley REC Installs EV Charging Station

Monte Vista-based San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative recently installed an EV charger in its parking lot. The charger is a dual-port PowerCharge and the electric co-op will offer a six-month trial period for people in the area to stop by and try it out. The Level 2 charger was installed in response to research […]

San Isabel Electric Awards $12,000 Rebate

In an effort to make its facilities energy efficient, brighter and lower-maintenance, the Las Animas County Fairgrounds in southern Colorado switched out its outdated incandescent lighting fixtures for Energy Star-qualified LEDs. Not only did this change make a noticeable impact on the quality of lighting at the fairground facilities, it also earned the county a […]