I wrote the following as a "Letter to the Editor" in the weekly Durango Telegraph (8/18/2016) about the Tri-State, LPEA waiver request which seems to be fizzling out - pending yet another round of appeals and lawyerly bickering. What remains is Tri-State Generation and Transmission unwavering commitment to suppressing regional alternative energy resource development.
Our local LaPlata Electrical Association is but one of over forty co-ops that Tri-State supplies. Tri-State is but one of 65 Generation and Transmission CO-OPs supplying 840 distribution co-ops across America. Too many are still run by dinosaurs committed to yesteryear's realities, while ignoring the changes happening upon our only Earth.
What's important is that these distribution co-ops are member owned, meaning the public is welcome to attend their monthly board of directors meetings.
Inform yourself, and help educate others, be a citizen's lobbyist. One informed, honest, communicative individual can make a difference, even if that individual doesn't realize it yet. But you'll never know until you go.
First, Tri-State’s long battle against Delta Montrose Electrical Association, a co-op that’s enthusiastically committed to developing alternate energy. A co-op that has long felt unreasonably hobbled and even bullied by Tri-state’s hostility towards alternative energy development and who have been fighting back before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
(For details see my article in the June issue, Four Corners Free Press, also Tracy Chamberlin’s June 23rd Telegraph article. )
Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act (PURPA)
The Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act
Or, simply listen in, it’s quite informative, even if a touch boring, and it's the only way to start appreciating the complexities of our power distribution network and the challenges LPEA is wrestling with. If you’re concerned about your future or the direction LPEA is going, the only way board members will know is if you demonstrate your interest and share your concerns.