Despite undisputed evidence that hastening the transition to clean energy is the least expensive and most beneficial path forward, Tri-State Generation and Transmission’s plan for future generating capacity keeps it unnecessarily hooked on coal and natural gas, a move that concerns co-op members who have to buy its electricity. 

“It’s extremely troubling,” said Emily Golden, who lives in Durango and gets power from Tri-State member co-op La Plata Electric Association. “We already have to pay more for our electricity than others because of Tri-State’s continued over-reliance on coal and gas, and to hear that we’re stuck doing that for another 7 years when there are cheaper options doesn’t make any sense.”

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