High West Energy wins decades-long battle

High West’s service territory consists of 3,500 miles of line and more than 9,000 meters in Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming.

High West’s service territory consists of 3,500 miles of line and more than 9,000 meters in Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming.

After a 30-year struggle, Tri-State member system High West Energy (Pine Bluffs, Wyo.) finally achieved a huge victory last week in reaching a franchise agreement with the city of Cheyenne to provide electricity to some consumers who reside within city limits.The Wyoming Public Service Commission approved a settlement between the electric cooperative and Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power that clarifies the locations where each utility will provide service.

“We won — and could not have done it without Tri-State and Basin Electric’s moral and financial support, not to mention the expertise and advice along the way,” said Brian Heithoff, general manager of High West Energy.

Under the agreement, Cheyenne Light gained some areas of rural eastern Laramie County, but High West will continue to serve its current members, even if they are eventually annexed to the city of Cheyenne.

Approval of the agreement came after a full-day hearing and received overwhelming support from the Cheyenne City Council. It means that the utilities will never challenge their service areas.

“This will allow for the leaders of both utilities to better plan, knowing that our locations are permanent,” Heithoff said.

This marks the first time the city of Cheyenne has had a franchise agreement with a company other than Cheyenne Light.

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