Entries by CREA Admin

Colorado Author Spotlights Electrifying the White House in 1891

By Amy Higgins In 1891, the White House flipped a switch that shined new light on President Benjamin Harrison’s provisional home. In Cynthia Simmelink Becker’s book Lights On! Ike Hoover Electrifies the White House, young Ike Hoover navigates the White House rafters and walls to install the wiring for electric lights, replacing the conventional candles and […]

San Luis Valley REC Completes New Solar Site

Turret Peak, sitting 16,662 feet above sea level, has a new solar site thanks to Monte Vista-based San Luis Valley Rural Electric Cooperative. Completed in September at Humphreys Ranch, the solar site addition was constructed to supplement a solar setup that wasn’t fully supporting the infrastructure that delivers high-speed internet to the ranch. Challenging, to […]

Mountain Parks Electric Dedicates New Solar Sites

The power that Mountain Parks Electric delivers to local homes and businesses is becoming greener and greener as the Granby-based electric co-op incorporates even more solar into its generation mix. Contractors installed a large 1-MW commercial solar array near Walden — Whiskey Hill Solar— which begins production later this year. And Sifers Solar, another 1-MW […]

GCEA Offers Community Solar

As of October 1, Gunnison County Electric Association and the town of Crested Butte offer a short-term community solar leasing option for GCEA’s consumer-members. The Gunnison-based electric cooperative’s community solar garden consists of 20 250-watt solar panels and 52 290-watt panels. For a fee, consumer-members may lease up to five solar panels either on a […]

Ways Your Electric Co-op Helps Protect You

By Amy Higgins and Erin Campbell While the threat of cybersecurity attacks on the electric grid gets a lot of attention these days, physical damage from storms or critters is much more likely to disrupt power. There are many physical threats to our power delivery system that Colorado’s electric cooperatives work hard to manage on […]

Tri-State Announces Responsible Energy Plan

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is pursuing an aggressive Responsible Energy Plan to transition to a cleaner energy portfolio, while ensuring reliability, increasing member flexibility and with a goal to lower wholesale rates. “Our membership and board are unified in our pursuit of a cleaner, reliable and lower-cost resource portfolio,” said Rick Gordon, chairman of […]

MVEA Encourages Energy Efficiency

One of Mountain View Electric Association’s goals is to make sure consumer-members take advantage of its energy efficiency programs; and that is becoming more and more of a reality. For the third year in a row, the Limon-based electric cooperative held a whole-home LED lighting giveaway, giving consumer-members an opportunity to win LED bulbs for […]

Energy Innovations Featured at CREA’s Summit

Well-known speakers and interesting discussion panels are scheduled for the October 28 Energy Innovations Summit hosted by CREA, the trade association for Colorado’s electric cooperatives. Held at the Grand Hyatt Denver Hotel at 1750 Welton St., the day-long conference will feature luncheon speaker Michael Shellenberger, founder and president of Environmental Progress. Other topics planned for […]

Making a Difference for Monarchs

By Derrill Holly, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Three to four generations of monarch butterflies migrated to their summer ranges last spring. Now, a single generation is returning to its wintering grounds only to begin the first leg of the 2020 migration early next year. “We call them the super generation,” said Mara Koenig, of […]

United Power Earns Place on Top 10 List

Congratulations to United Power, which earned a spot on an annual Top 10 utility industry list compiled by the Smart Electric Power Alliance. The Brighton-based electric cooperative received this distinction for being one of a select group of utilities that connected the most storage capacity to the grid in 2018. United Power currently operates two […]