Do you have questions about how you can harness the power of renewable energy?

Tri-State gets hundreds of questions per year from individuals, consumers, developers and others about how renewable energy works. We also get numerous questions about how someone can work with Tri-State on a renewable project. While we try to be as responsive as we can with those questions, we are not always available or in a position to answer all the questions, so we have developed this web site to help.

The purpose of this Web site is to provide answers to the most frequently asked questions about renewable energy. Member-consumers of electric cooperatives can use this tool kit to help determine the next best step in pursuing a renewable resource that can power their homes and businesses. Developers can find answers on how to do business with local electric coops and Tri-State. Please click on the buttons to the left to see answers to questions in this arena.

Who is Tri-State?

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is a wholesale electric power supplier owned by the 44 electric cooperatives that it serves. Tri-State generates and transmits electricity to its member systems throughout a 200,000 square-mile service territory across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming. Tri-State's nearly 60-year history is rooted in contracted federal hydropower that at one time was able to meet the total power requirements of all of the association's member systems. Suffice to say, blending renewable generation into our resource base is not a new concept for the G&T. In 2008, Tri-State's board authorized a first-of-its-kind program to provide financial incentives for the development of local renewable energy projects across its members' four-state service territory. Under the program, Tri-State makes available renewable performance payments to its members to support a variety of local/community-based renewable energy projects, including solar, wind, biomass, micro hydro, geothermal and recovered heat energy.

Tri-State and its 44 member distribution co-ops continue to work with member-consumers to integrate small renewable and distributed generation projects. Each member system can directly invest in projects, contract for projects or participate through net-metered projects with their member-consumers.

Contact your local electric co-op to join the voluntary green power program, which has been in place since 1998. Homeowners and businesses can invest in green power at an additional, minimal monthly fee and support the continued development of renewable energy resources.


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