The Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association defended its possible development of a new coal-fired power plant against criticism Monday from environmental groups.
In a public meeting at the Westminster headquarters of the electric power co-op supplier, Tri-State officials said they haven’t yet made a decision on the coal plant and plan to keep their options open.
“We are constantly investigating a variety of resources,” said Ken Reif, general counsel of Tri-State. “Renewables, (natural) gas, coal, nuclear, demand-side management — all those things continue to be under continuous investigation by Tri-State.”
The meeting was designed for Tri-State to solicit public feedback as it updates its power-resource acquisition plan.
Tri-State is Colorado’s second-largest electric-power supplier behind Xcel Energy. The utility serves 44 member-owned power cooperatives in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.