Colorado cooperative to close Nucla coal plant early, boost wind and solar investments

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Colorado Public Radio:Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association announced plans to develop an “aggressive” energy plan to incorporate more wind and solar. The power provider currently relies on renewable energy for 30 percent of its power supply.Tri-State also announced it plans to retire the Nucla coal-fired power plant in southwest Colorado two years early. The plant will close by the end of 2020. The retirement was originally scheduled for 2022 as required by a regional Colorado air quality improvement plan. Tri-State also suggested it could change a 5 percent limit on local renewable energy generation by member cooperatives, a big bone of contention in the past.Tri-State hopes its renewable energy plan will lower electricity bills for 1.3 million customers, while cleaning up power delivered across rural parts Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico.“We’ll be looking for how these efforts could be done in a way that lowers costs,” said Lee Boughey, senior manager of communications and public affairs at Tri-State. “So, the transformation really is in having a cleaner portfolio, more opportunities locally for renewable energy, and the goal over the course of this work to reduce rates.”Tri-State has sailed troubled waters over the past two years. In 2018, Delta Montrose started the process of exiting its multi-year contract with Tri-State, following disagreements about rising rates and low renewable energy penetration. Recently it reached an agreement on the terms of breaking free.In 2019 both Colorado and New Mexico announced plans to severely curtail greenhouse gas emissions in the coming decades. Tri-State members like United Power and La Plata Electric Association have also pushed the power provider to change its limits on local renewable energy generation, currently capped at 5 percent. At the same time, Tri-State announced plans to have the federal government regulate rates, as opposed to individual states.More: Rural electricity provider announces early coal plant closure, focus on renewables Colorado cooperative to close Nucla coal plant early, boost wind and solar investmentslast_img

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