Entries by CREA Admin

Holy Cross Energy Builds New Solar Sites

Glenwood Springs-based electric cooperative Holy Cross Energy celebrated two new solar arrays at its headquarters with a ribbon cutting ceremony in January. The two arrays will help the co-op offset the energy use and carbon emissions associated with its office operations. Together, the solar arrays offset about 44% of current electricity consumption on HCE’s Glenwood […]

Dolores Canyon Solar has Project Developer

Tri-State Generation and Transmission, the power supplier to 18 of Colorado’s 22 electric co-ops, recently announced that it contracted with juwi Solar, Inc., for the Dolores Canyon solar energy project in southwest Colorado. The 110-megawatt site in Empire Electric Association’s service territory is set to come online in the fourth quarter of 2023 and will […]

Stopping Scams Means Better Service

By Derrill Holly Our increasingly connected world is giving scammers more opportunities to connect with unsuspecting consumers, and local authorities, utilities and other businesses are working overtime to keep people informed. To help prevent you, your family or your business from being victimized, they suggest “if you see something, say something” is a vigilant adage […]

Cooperative Mobile App Gets Update

Colorado’s electric co-ops utilize important technology to read meters, report outages and help consumer-members keep track of their energy usage. One tool some Colorado co-ops use for these purposes is SmartHub. This mobile app provides features that help consumers manage their accounts, see billing and payment information and detailed usage analysis. SmartHub recently went through […]

A Look Back at 2019 Co-op Innovations

From rebates and EV chargers to solar projects and industry awards, 2019 was an impressive year of innovation at Colorado’s electric cooperatives. Many co-ops, including San Isabel Electric and Mountain Parks Electric, gave local community businesses tens of thousands of dollars of rebates for everything from lighting upgrades to heat pumps. Mountain View Electric Association, […]

Energy From Waterpower

By Paul Wesslund and Amy Higgins Attention to energy and the environment focuses new light on one of the oldest sources of power: falling water. “Hydropower was the first source of electrical energy used in the United States,” states a U.S. Department of Energy report issued in recent years. In fact, hydropower has always been […]

Pitkin County Solar Farm Approved

The Pitkin County Board of Commissioners approved the development of a new solar farm. The site, developed by Holy Cross Energy, will be built near the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport on land owned by the Aspen Consolidated Sanitation District. The land was used as a biosolid disposal site until 2005. The sanitation district sees the solar […]

Innovations Summit Looks to Future

Stakeholders from all parts of the electric industry in Colorado were among the approximately 375 people attending the CREA Energy Innovations Summit October 28 in downtown Denver. A lively discussion of what is needed for Colorado’s electric industry, particularly the electric co-ops, to transition to more renewables opened the event. Former Gov. Bill Ritter, now […]

Heat Pumps Pay Off For Granby Resort

Mountain Parks Electric presented a $29,700 rebate check to River Run RV Resort. The Granby resort installed low-temperature, all-electric, air-source heat pumps for heating and air-conditioning in its 44 rental cottages. The heat pump in each unit is more efficient and has lower heating costs than electric baseboard heat. This innovative solution will help the […]