Colorado businesses call on Tri-State to tri-harder and commit to 80% carbon-free electricity by 2030
To the Board of Directors of Tri-State Generation and Transmission: As Colorado business leaders, we ask you to commit Tri-State to powering our communities with 80% carbon-free electricity by 2030. Moving swiftly to a clean energy economy is an essential step to strengthening local economic development and improving the quality of life in rural Colorado for the benefit of current and future residents and businesses.
A well-planned transition from gas and coal-fired power to renewable wind and solar resources, combined with energy efficiency upgrades and emerging storage technologies, promises economic and resiliency benefits to our region. Economic impacts to consider as part of regional carbon reductions include:
– More affordable and less volatile electricity rates via local clean energy projects;
– Attractiveness to new businesses and community investment;
– Staving off the worst impacts of climate change on our outdoor recreation economy;
– Job creation accompanied by local, clean energy development and efficiency upgrades;
– Financial benefits for farmers and ranchers through fees related to projects on private land;
– An expanded tax base for supporting local services such as police, fire and schools.
Tri-State member cooperatives around the state are already pursuing a clean energy future, but there is only so much we can do while Tri-State is blocking its member co-ops from developing local clean energy and remaining heavily dependent on fossil fuels. For example, Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association has committed to 80% carbon-free electricity by 2030 and San Miguel Power Association is studying power supply alternatives, but both are restricted by Tri-State policy and contracts from getting all but a meager 5% of their power from local clean energy projects. That is a stifling barrier to rural areas and businesses that want to take advantage of the many benefits of the switch to clean energy.
With solar and wind technology growing more cost-effective than fossil-fuel-burning plants every day, Tri-State lacks a compelling reason to continue operating coal and gas plants. The longer rural areas are forced by Tri-State to remain reliant on coal and gas, the more you burden rural areas with unjustifiably high rates, and the more you keep us connected to stranded assets. For the sake of rural economies across Colorado, we ask that you commit Tri-State to 80% carbon-free electricity by 2030 and amend your policies to encourage investment in local renewable generation.
Signed by 92 rate-payers who are business leaders from 10 co-ops within Tri-State territory
Travis Underwood, Owner of Chopwood Mercantile, Crested Butte, Gunnison County Electric
Association
Lisa Issenberg, CEO of Kiitella, Inc., Ridgway, San Miguel Power Association
Bill Jensen, CEO of Telluride Ski & Golf, Telluride, San Miguel Power Association
Kenneth Cook, Owner of House Rock Kitchen, Buena Vista, Sangre De Cristo Electric
Association
Lena Wilensky, Owner of Nunatak Alternative Energy Solutions, Almont, Gunnison County
Electric Association
Rod Cesario, Owner of Dragonfly Anglers, Crested Butte, Gunnison County Electric Association
Marianne Mate, Executive Recruiter of CleanTech Recruiting, Dolores, Empire Electric
Bill Dvorak, Owner of Bill Dvorak’s Kayak, Rafting and Fishing Expeditions, Nathrop, Sangre De
Cristo Electric Association
Pete Wagner, CEO of Wagner Custom Skis, Telluride, San Miguel Power Association
Sarah and Thor Tingey, Co-Owners of Alpacka Raft, Mancos, Empire Electric
Mick Hill, Owner of Telluride Coffee Roasters, Telluride, San Miguel Power Association
Todd Rutledge, Director and Co-Owner of Mountain Trip International LLC, Ophir, San Miguel
Power Association
John Bykerk, President of Moose Mountain Home Improvement, Pinewood Springs, Poudre
Valley Rural Electric Association
John Duncan, Co-owner of Telluride Outside, Telluride, San Miguel Power Association
Benjamin Diem, Owner of Bonez Restaurant, Crested Butte, Gunnison County Electric
Association
Bobbi Lynn Smith, Co-Owner and Manager of Between the Covers Bookstore,Telluride, San
Miguel Power Association
Steve Szymanski, Assistant Director, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Inc, Telluride, San Miguel
Power Association
Adriana Melgar, Owner of Frederick Store, Frederick, United Power
Lucas Price, Owner of La Cocina de Luz, Telluride, San Miguel Power Association
Hyun Im, President of Lotus Root Kitchen, Ridgway, San Miguel Power Association
Brandon Slate, President of Arkansas River Outfitters Association, Salida, Sangre de Cristo
Electric Association
Klemens Branner, Owner of Venture Snowboards, Silverton, San Miguel Power Association
Erik Dalton, Owner of Jagged Edge Mountain Gear, Telluride, San Miguel Power Association
Jeff Mobley, Owner of High Desert Life Outdoors Ltd, Cortez, Empire Electric
Ted Palpant, President of Colorado Solar Energy, Buena Vista, Sangre de Cristo Electric
Association
Tucker Robinson, Owner of WildEdge Brewing Collective, Cortez, Empire Electric
Thomas Doumas, Owner of BV Storage Units, Buena Vista, Sangre de Cristo Electric
Association
Laura Mezoff, Owner of Solar Gain Services, Monte Vista, San Luis Valley Rural Electric
Association
Angela Hawse, Co-Owner of Chicks Climbing and Skiing, Ouray, San Miguel Power Association
John Clark, Owner of Mac Doctor LLC, Ridgway, San Miguel Power Association
Peter Belau, President of Alpine Design, Inc., Pagosa Springs, La Plata Electric Association
Noalani Terry, Owner of Whole LIfe Indexing & Energy Works, Montrose, Delta Montrose
Electric Association
Sajun Folsom, Rancher of Laid Back Ranch, Norwood, San Miguel Power Association
Connie Giles, Owner of Connie Giles Architecture, Inc., Telluride, San Miguel Power Association
Monique DiGiorgio, Co-Owner of Table to Farm Compost, Durango, La Plata Electric
Association
Tim Wheeler, Managing Partner, Durango Compost Company, Durango, La Plata Electric
Association
Donna Frank, A Shared Blanket, Durango, La Plata Electric Association
Samantha Gallant, Owner of SRG Colorado Inc, Keller Williams Realty, Durango, La Plata
Electric Association
Zachary Ray, General Manager, Desert Sun Coffee Roasters, Durango, La Plata Electric
Association
Ellen Stein, Vice President of Marketing & Development at Community Connections, Durango,
La Plata Electric Association
Kyle Hanson, Founder of Timber Age Systems Inc., Durango, La Plata Electric Association
Cristin Salaz, Owner of WeFill, Durango, La Plata Electric Association
Chris Lopez, Owner of Singletrack Cafe, Durango, La Plata Electric Association
Karen Moldovan, Director of Policy, Good Business Colorado, Denver, endorsing on behalf of
all members across Colorado ( https://goodbusinesscolorado.org/members )
Linda and Jim Smith, Owners of DeGoatsnsheep Ranch LLC, Bayfield, La Plata Electric
Association
Sage Petesen, Natural Born Vitality, Durango, La Plata Electric Association
Diane West, Owner of Diane West Jewelry & Art, Durango, La Plata Electric Association
Laurie Dickson, Executive Director of 4CORE (Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency),
Durango, La Plata Electric Association
Mary Oswald, Owner of San Juan Hand Therapy, Durango, La Plata Electric Association
Joslyn Erica, Owner of Hummingbird Herbals, Durango, La Plata Electric Association
Jeff Dautrich, President of Era Ltd., Crested Butte, Gunnison County Electric Association
Phoebe Clift, Manager of The Daily Dose, Crested Butte, Gunnison County Electric Association
Cole Thomas, Part Owner of Butte Bagels, Crested Butte, Gunnison County Electric Association
Matthew Price, Owner of Tin Cup Pasty Co., Crested Butte, Gunnison County Electric
Association
Michelle Reott, Managing Principal of Earthly Ideas LLC, Durango, La Plata Electric Association
Susan Greiner, Co-Owner of Wilderness Aware, Inc., Buena Vista, Sangre de Cristo Electric
Association
Daniel M. Kowalski, Managing Partner of Ware Immigration, Colorado office, Lyons, Poudre
Valley Rural Electric Association
Kirk Komick, Owner of Rochester Hotel, Durango, La Plata Electric Association
Greg Phillips, President of SOF, Inc., Durango, La Plata Electric Association
Dan Cundall, Pinewood Springs Lumber, Pinewood Springs, Poudre Valley Rural Electric
Association
Heidi Craw, Co-Director of Seed Studio, Durango, LaPlata Electric Association
Charlie Gau, Precision Construction, Lyons, Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association
Joanne Alwan, JA Cleaning, Lyons, Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association
Timothy Turner, Owner of Zia Taqueria, Durango, La Plata Electric Association
Taylor Hanson, Table to Farm Compost, Durango, La Plata Electric Association
Janet Wiley, Owner of Janet Wiley Architects P.C., Durango, La Plata Electric Association
Danny Gallant, Owner of Gallant Life Insurance, Lyons, Poudre Valley Rural Electric
Association
Derek Van Atta, Founder of Sarvaa Superfood, Durango, La Plata Electric Association
Steve Kawell, Owner of Durango Fine Homes LLC, Durango, La Plata Electric Association
Michele Throne, Owner of Sidhe Designs, Lyons, Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association
Leigh Mundy, President of Alpengardener, Crested Butte, Gunnison County Electric Association
Mark Day, Owner of Almont Anglers, Almont, Gunnison County Electric Association
Dewey Overholser, Coffee Lab, Crested Butte, Gunnison County Electric Association
Shamai Buckel, Founder of Buckel Family Wine, Crested Butte and Gunnison, Gunnison
County Electric Association
Ben Pritchet, Co-owner of Colorado Backcountry, Crested Butte, Gunnison County Electric
Association
Bill Allen, Owner/Guide of Mountain Trip, Telluride, San Miguel Power Association
Dawn Layer, Real Estate Broker at Zadel Realty, Frederick, United Power
Nikki Pulitzer, Realtor at Signature Properties Ebner & Associates, Crested Butte, Gunnison
County Electric Association
Shelley Popke, Executive Director of Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum, Crested Butte,
Gunnison County Electric Association
Craig Hall, Agent of Farmers Insurance, Frederick, United Power
Erica Vernon, Executive Director of Crested Butte Music Festival, Crested Butte, Gunnison
County Electric Association
Molly Susla, Executive Director of 1% for Open Space, Crested Butte, Gunnison County Electric
Association
Michael Testa, President of Advantage Physical Therapy & Wellness P.C, Durango, La Plata
Electric Association
Trent Sweitzer, Member and Manager of Crested Butte Ace Hardware, Crested Butte, Gunnison
County Electric Association
Jan Peterson, Owner of Peterson Design, Fort Collins, Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association
Austin Gray, Partner of Green Spaces Coworking, Winter Park, Mountain Parks Electric
Bryan Baer, Baer Forestry, Lyons, Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association
Jay Prentiss, Owner of Altitude Painting, Mt. Crested Butte, Gunnison County
Dylan Robbins, Manager of Bash’s Pizza, Frederick, United Power
Eric Houseman, President of Blue Mountain Landscape, Frederick, United Power
Candice Bradley, Owner of Calico Queen Tattoo, Crested Butte, Gunnison County Electric
Association
Ann Taddeo, President of American Dream Realty LLC, Brighton, United Power
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