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.