(Neb)-Tri-State Generation Votes To Be Regulated By FERC
HAY SPRINGS - The Board of Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, a Colorado-based wholesale electric power supplier owned by the 43 electric cooperatives that it serves, has voted to have the federal government to regulate it.
Tri-State says the move to have the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission oversee it and set rates will give it more flexibility than being regulated by the four states where it serves electric cooperatives: Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.
State agencies say their ability to regulate planning, emissions and environmental issues will not change, but Colorado lawmakers asked for a delay in the decision last week because they wanted more time to determine the implications of the change. A new law requires Colorado regulators to approve Tri-State's plans for where it gets its power, whether from coal or renewable sources.
All of the rural electric cooperatives in the Panhandle and southeastern Wyoming are part of Tri-State including Northwest Rural Public Power District in Hay Springs, Alliance-based PREMA, and Niobrara Electric Association in Lusk.
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