Membership gathers for 59th Annual Meeting

More than 400 electric cooperative representatives and industry officials attended Tri-State’s 59th annual meeting April 6-7 at the power supplier’s Westminster, Colo., headquarters, where they reviewed recent activities and addressed numerous issues and challenges facing the electric utility industry.

Following the meeting, the association’s board of directors was seated for the upcoming year, including its six officers and three at-large positions that make up the board’s Executive Committee.  Under the cooperative business model, each of Tri-State’s 44 member distribution systems is represented on its board, which is the democratically-elected governing body of the association.

Rick Gordon, Chairman of the Board

Rick Gordon, representing Tri-State member co-op Mountain View Electric Association (Limon, Colo.), was re-elected chairman for a second consecutive term.  Gordon originally joined Tri-State’s board in 1994 and served as vice chairman for 13 years prior to first being elected chairman last year.  He has served on his MVEA’s board since 1992.

Tony Casados, representing Northern Rio Arriba Electric Cooperative (Chama, N.M.), was re-elected vice chairman for a second term, after having served as an assistant secretary for nine years previous.  Casados has served on his local co-op’s board since 1982 and has been on the Tri-State board since 2000.

Jim Soehner was re-elected to the position of secretary, which he has held for the past three years.  Soehner represents Y-W Electric Association (Akron, Colo.), and has served on the Tri-State board since 1991.

Lou Costello, who has represented Gunnison County Electric Association (Gunnison, Colo.) on the Tri-State board since 1999, was re-elected treasurer for a second term.  He had previously served in an at-large capacity on the Executive Committee.

Wayne Child was re-elected to one of two assistant secretary positions, a role he has filled for the past 24 years.  Child has been on the Tri-State board for 28 years, representing High West Energy (Pine Bluffs, Wyo.), where he has served since 1973.

Bill Bird, who first joined the Tri-State board in 2004 representing member system Otero County Electric Cooperative (Cloudcroft, N.M.), was re-elected to the other assistant secretary position for the second consecutive year.

The Executive Committee’s three at-large positions are being filled by incumbents Gary Merrifield, representing Sangre De Cristo Electric Association (Buena Vista, Colo.), Stuart Morgan from Wheat Belt Public Power District (Sidney, Neb.) and Jack Finnerty from Wheatland Rural Electric Association (Wheatland, Wyo.).

At the annual meeting, Tri-State executive vice president and general manager Ken Anderson discussed some recent activities and accomplishments from the past year.  “We continue to be an industry leader by meeting or, in many instances, exceeding workplace safety benchmarks, adhering to the highest standards in reliability, environmental and regulatory compliance, and improving business process efficiencies in many areas of the organization,” Anderson said.

Ken Anderson, Executive Vice President/General Manager

Anderson stressed that although Tri-State continues to diversify its energy resource portfolio, the association’s existing fleet of generation and transmission facilities remains a key factor in producing and delivering stable and affordable power to its member co-ops.  “We continue to maintain a dependable and cost-effective portfolio of generating units, including a fleet of highly-reliable baseload generating stations.  We prudently invest in those facilities to ensure we can meet our members’ electric needs today and in the future.”

In 2010, Tri-State delivered a record 15 million megawatt-hours of electricity to its members, while recording a member peak demand of 2,568 megawatts in July.  Combined with off-system energy sales, the G&T sold an all-time high 18.9 million megawatt-hours for the year, and posted year-end revenues of $1.2 billion and assets of $3.8 billion.

Based in the Denver suburb of Westminster, Tri-State supplies power to 18 member electric cooperatives in Colorado, 12 in New Mexico, eight in Wyoming and six in Nebraska, which in turn provide electricity to more than 601,000 meters or a population of approximately 1.5 million people.

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