SMPA to benefit from renewable plan

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Tri-State’s move away from coal will result in more local green projects, possibly lower rates

At left, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association CEO Duane Highley addresses San Miguel Power Association members during SMPA’s annual meeting last year. Tri-State recently announced plans to build eight new solar and wind projects by 2024. Mike Wiggins — Ouray County Plaindealer
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association’s recent announcement that it will build a series of solar and wind projects to help replace the power produced by New Mexico and Colorado coal plants it plans to close portends good things for San Miguel Power Association customers. The Westminster-based company’s decision will allow rural cooperatives like SMPA to generate more renewable power…

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