Entries by CREA Admin

How Net Metering Impacts Electric Cooperatives

By Paul Wesslund One of the most controversial and least understood energy issues today is net metering. At its most basic, net metering is a state law requiring utilities, including electric cooperatives, to purchase the excess electricity produced by consumers who have rooftop solar panels. But that’s where the simplicity ends. States and electric utilities […]

San Isabel Electric Dedicates New EV Charging Station

News of the numerous benefits of electric vehicles is spreading across the state, and the southern Colorado community of Pueblo West is a recent recipient of EV charging stations. A $16,000 grant from the Colorado Energy Office’s Charge Ahead program and funding from other local entities, including San Isabel Electric Association, makes Pueblo West Library […]

Highline Electric to Build Riverview Solar Project

Highline Electric Association Board of Directors approved a 1.5-megawatt solar project in late 2018 and construction is slated to begin in 2019. The 5,700 single-track solar panels will follow the sun and generate 1.5 megawatts of electricity — enough to power 400-500 homes. Highline is partnering with Denver-based Pivot Energy (formerly Microgrid Energy) to bring […]

Reasons You May or May Not Want an EV for Christmas

By Paul Wesslund Wondering if an electric vehicle is a good gift idea for you or your significant other this Christmas? The answer could depend on where you live. Electric vehicles account for just 1.2 percent of the U.S. vehicle market, but sales are booming, growing 25 percent last year. And they’re getting better and […]

United Power Battery Project Goes Live

United Power’s 4-megawatt storage capacity Tesla battery was installed in October and went live this earlier this month. Situated in Longmont, this is the largest lithium-ion battery in the state. After much research and evaluation, United Power is confident this innovative battery storage system will help reliably capture and store energy from both renewable and […]

Intermountain REA Installs AMI

Intermountain Rural Electric Association, an electric co-op based in Sedalia, plans to roll out the first phase of its AMI initiative next month. Advanced meters will be installed at 1,000 residential, commercial and industrial locations. Advanced metering infrastructure allows improved, two-way communications between the co-op and its meters. It will enable IREA to perform remote […]

Holy Cross Energy Offers FREE EV Chargers to Members

Promoting the purchase and use of electric vehicles within its service territory, Holy Cross Energy is offering a free Level 2 charger exclusively to its residential and commercial consumer-members who already own or are planning to purchase an EV. A Level 2 charger delivers household electricity from a 240-volt outlet, like what is used to […]

Energy Innovations Summit Recap

More than 300 people gathered October 29 in downtown Denver to participate in CREA’s 9th Annual Energy Innovations Summit. Sponsored in part by Tri-State Generation and Transmission and Xcel Energy, the summit draws interest from across the country. Utility leaders discussed how the industry is in transition, and best practices for navigating those changes. Breakout […]

Co-op Solar Projects Start and Succeed with SUNDA Project

By Derrill Holly and Amy Higgins Electric cooperatives are committed to providing safe, reliable, affordable energy to their consumer-members, and in many parts of the country that includes increasing the availability of solar power. “Co-ops are big supporters of an ‘all sources’ national energy policy,” said Debra Roepke of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s […]