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by Emma Foehringer Merchant
July 29, 2019

Not so long ago, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association was rejecting attempts to push the Western utility to more aggressively embrace the energy transition.

Today, the wholesale electricity provider and co-op utility with members in New Mexico, Nebraska, Colorado and Wyoming has embraced a new direction, with plans to increase its renewables fleet and retire a coal plant several years ahead of schedule.

Former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter called Tri-State’s new direction “a watershed moment.”

“Things that Tri-State may have said in the past about renewables, about the cost of renewables, are just that — they’re in the past,” Ritter said.