Sierra Electric Cooperative energizes Spaceport America

Richard Branson and New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez dedicate the Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space terminal at Spaceport America near Las Cruces, New Mexico. Photo from AP.

There are a number of unique loads within Tri-State’s member service territory. But, there’s only one member co-op that can claim powering the world’s first commerical space travel port. Sierra Electric Cooperative (Elephant Butte, N.M.) recently energzied a dedicated line to serve Spaceport America, a state-owned commercial spaceport near the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range.

Tri-State covered the project during its early construction phase in the fall of 2010 in Network magazine.

Although the terminal hangar facility is not yet complete, a dedication ceremony took place late last month and was attended by Gov. Susana Martinez and Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson.

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