Southern Colorado Transmission reps speak to community

On April 19 and 20, representatives from Tri-State and Xcel Energy were in southern Colorado to speak to community members on various aspects of the Southern Colorado Transmission Improvements project.

Requested to speak at a series of meetings sponsored by the Transmission Line Coalition, the utilities focused on the following areas:

Reliability and Redundancy

Renewable Energy and Export Capacity

Project Cost and Benefits to Ratepayers

Economic Impacts

The Transmission Coalition has been a critic of the project and the forum allowed both utilities to not only address questions from residents of the San Luis Valley and Huerfano County, but also touch directly on the areas expressed as concerns by the Coalition.  In addition to members of the Coalition in attendance, a vast number of project supporters also attended including county commissioners, local business leaders, farmers and ranchers.

The presentations come directly on the heels of a major milestone decision by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to grant the utilities a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN), which is needed for the project to move forward and states there is a compelling purpose and need for the project in the southern part of the state.

The utilities also gave an update on the environmental process required by Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and gave indication that the public scoping meetings will hopefully resume later this year.

For a more detailed recap of the meeting, read coverage of the meeting from the Alamosa Courier.

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