Tri-State move rankles rural co-ops

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SMPA seeks delay in pursuit of federal regulation of rates

San Miguel Power Association has asked Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association CEO Duane Highley, shown here speaking at SMPA’s annual meeting last month, to take more time in seeking rate regulation from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Plaindealer photo by Mike Wiggins
WESTERN COLORADO San Miguel Power Association has joined a chorus of rural electric cooperatives asking Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association to slow down its pursuit of being regulated by a federal agency. Tri-State's board of directors voted last week to seek rate regulation by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and add new members that aren't rural electric cooperatives, a…

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