Tri-State ranks among nation’s top G&Ts

Tri-State’s transmission system ranks number 1 in total miles among the nation’s G&Ts polled in a recent study.

A recently released report compiled by the G&T Accounting Association places Tri-State among the nation’s top three generation and transmission cooperatives in many of the categories surveyed in this year-end, 2011 report.

Tri-State’s transmission network was by far the largest among the 15 listed G&Ts surveyed, with a total of 5,191 miles of line. Tri-State also ranks first in number of member co-ops (44), ahead of number two ranked Great River Energy (Minnesota) and Wabash Valley Power Association (Indiana), which both have 28 member systems.

The Westminster-based G&T came in second in total assets ($4.19 billion) and total operating revenue ($1.2 billion), behind Bismarck, N.D.-based Basin Electric Power Cooperative ($5.7 billion) and Tampa, Fla.-based Seminole Electric Cooperative ($1.8 billion), respectively.

Tri-State ranked third in total megawatt-hour sales (19.4 million), megawatt-hours generated (13.2 million) and plant capacity (2,905 megawatts). In other notable rankings, Tri-State placed fourth in member megawatt-hour sales (15.4 million) and sixth in megawatt-hours purchased, with nearly 7 million.

In the category of cost per megawatt-hours purchased, Tri-State was ranked in the middle of the pack at $37.64. The lowest cost listed in that category was Associated Electric Cooperative (Missouri), reporting a cost of $32.06 and the highest purchased power cost was $87.62 listed by Seminole Electric Cooperative.

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