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Colorado Public Utilities Commission Rules That It Has Jurisdiction Over Tri-State

Commission will next decide if Tri-State’s imposed exit charge to DMEA is unreasonable and discriminatory

MONTROSE, Colo. — Feb. 14, 2019 — A major ruling today by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) set the stage for the Commission’s review of an allegedly unreasonable and discriminatory charge demanded by Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association (Tri-State) from Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA). Last year, DMEA filed a complaint asking the PUC to rule that Tri-State’s demanded exit charge is unreasonable and to establish a “just, reasonable and nondiscriminatory” charge as required by Colorado public utilities law.

BRIDGING THE POLITICAL DIVIDE FOR RURAL COLORADANS

Prominent Free-Market Think Tank and More Legislators Join in Supporting DMEA Before PUC 

MONTROSE, COLORADO- FEBRUARY 8, 2019 - Yesterday the Coalition of Ratepayers, the energy policy affiliate of prominent Colorado free-market and libertarian think tank, the Independence Institute, declared their support for DMEA's complaint before the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The Coalition submitted a public comment to the PUC supporting DMEA's complaint against Tri-State Generation and Transmission. This letter cements the bi-partisan support for DMEA, coming the same week as an additional letter from ten more Colorado legislators also supporting DMEA's efforts to secure a reasonable and non-discriminatory exit charge from Tri-State. 

COLORADO SKI COUNTRY USA DECLARES SUPPORT FOR DMEA

FEBRUARY 6, 2019 - Colorado Ski USA has officially announced its support of DMEA's filing with the Colorado Public Utilities commission to extract a just, reasonable, and non-discriminatory exit charge from Tri-State.

COLORADO ENERGY OFFICE FILES MOTION TO INTERVENE IN DMEA'S PUC COMPLAINT

JANUARY 23, 2019 - Yesterday, the Colorado Energy Office filed a motion to intervene on DMEA's case before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. Per their filing, the CEO has a statutory mandate to:

"(a) Sustain the Colorado energy economy and promote all Colorado energy; (b) Promote economic development in Colorado through energy-market advances that create jobs; (c) Encourage Colorado-based clean and innovative energy solutions that include traditional, clean, and renewable energy sources in order to encourage a cleaner and balanced energy portfolio; (d) Promote energy efficiency; (e) Increase energy security; (f) Lower long-term consumer costs; and (g) Protect the environment." 

53 COLORADO LEGISLATORS SEND LETTER IN SUPPORT OF DMEA

JANUARY 18, 2019 - DMEA responds to Tri-State's efforts to remove exit charge case from the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

On January 15, 2019, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association (Tri-State) filed a lawsuit in the District Court in Adams County, seeking declaratory judgment concerning DMEA's efforts to withdraw from membership. Here's what your co-op CEO, Jasen Bronec has to say:

“Tri-State has made it clear that they would like to take our case away from the Public Utilities Commission, which is charged with protecting the public interest, and that is unfortunate. While Tri-State was announcing its lawsuit against us, our request to the PUC for a fair exit charge received a high-profile endorsement. In a letter written to the Public Utilities Commission, more than 50 current state legislators asked the PUC to "strongly consider exercising its jurisdiction under Colorado law and setting an exit charge fair to both DMEA and Tri-State's remaining members.

This bipartisan letter was signed by leadership in both the House and Senate, and included all of our local legislators. We sincerely appreciate the legislators’ input and think it shows the level of support we have in making sure rural Coloradans have access to less expensive and more diverse local power generation.”
 

Read the letter submitted by Colorado legislators to the Public Utilities Commission supporting DMEA's efforts to obtain a just, reasonable, and non-discriminatory exit charge from Tri-State.

DMEA FILES WITH PUC SEEKING JUST AND REASONABLE EXIT CHARGE FROM TRI-STATE

MONTROSE, Colo. —Dec. 6, 2018—Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA), a member-owned and locally controlled rural electric cooperative in Montrose, Colo., today strongly reaffirmed its intent to exit membership in Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association (Tri-State), and has asked the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to exercise its statutory authority over Tri-State as a public utility and adjudicate a just, reasonable and nondiscriminatory exit charge. 

DECK THE HALLS FOR DMEA’S HOLIDAY LIGHTING CONTEST AND LIGHT SWAP

Delta-Montrose Electric Association has teamed up with the Montrose Daily Press to host the 2018 Holiday Lighting Contest. Open to residents in Montrose and Delta counties, the contest will award top honors to the three merriest homes on the block.

ELEVATE TV IS WORTH EXPLORING - COMING IN NOVEMBER!

Say hello to Elevate TV. No fluff channels. No haggling every month for a better “deal.” No bulky equipment or equipment rental fees. Just the channels you need, at a price that makes sense. You love it already, don’t you?

ORCHARD CITY 112 - THE WAIT IS OVER

OCTOBER 1, 2018 - Another Elevate zone in the Surface Creek area is on its way to faster connections and buffer-free streaming. Orchard City 112 hit its preregistration goal earlier this month and home installations are set to begin this week. DMEA members in this zone, plus many other live Elevate zones across the co-op’s territory, can get live service within 2 weeks of signing a service agreement.

A BRIGHT SURPRISE FOR NATIONAL CO-OP MONTH

SEPTEMBER 28, 2018 - FREE LED light bulbs for members October 1, 2018 - November 6, 2018
October is National Cooperative Month and DMEA is celebrating! Members are invited to stop in at their local DMEA office to say "Hi" and pick up a free LED bulb - limit 2 per household. DMEA will be giving out the LED bulbs beginning October 1 through November 6.

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