Tri-State announced last week that it is now considering a number of alternatives to address electric reliability for the proposed Southern Transmission Improvements Project. Tri-State made the announcement at a public meeting it held to update stakeholders on a Tri-State-only Southern Colorado Transmission Improvements Project, after Xcel announced last year that the project was no longer in the interest of its ratepayers.
During the meeting, Tri-State announced it will consider alternatives to the previously proposed La Veta Pass line that could involve generation, transmission and energy efficiency measures. The utility will accept stakeholder comments through May 11th to inform their efforts. The meeting also generated articles from the Pueblo Chieftain and Alamosa Valley Courier that recapped some of their presentation and transmission line project alternatives.
Although we are still fighting to have Tri-State’s 2008 Load Forecast released so the public can see for itself Tri-State’s actual projected electrical need – we are encouraged that the utility committed to identifying alternatives to improve the electric reliability for San Luis Valley residents. We had previously identified several alternatives that would avoid the pristine La Veta Pass corridor and improve energy reliability – a win-win for the Valley.
We urge you to click here and let Tri-State know your thoughts about how best to improve the system.