Tri-State officers elected following 2013 annual meeting

2013-Annual-Meeting_14Approximately 400 electric cooperative representatives and industry officials attended Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association’s 61st annual meeting April 3-4 in Broomfield, Colo., where they reviewed recent activities and accomplishments, while addressing 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 the six officers and three at-large positions that make up the board’s Executive Committee.  Under the cooperative business model, Tri-State’s board is made up of one representative from each of its member systems, serving as the democratically-elected governing body of the association.

Rick Gordon, representing Tri-State member co-op Mountain View Electric Association (Limon, Colo.), was re-elected chairman for a fourth 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 in 2010.  He has served on his MVEA’s board since 1992.

Tony Casados, representing Northern Rio Arriba Electric Cooperative (Chama, N.M.), also was re-elected vice chairman for a fourth 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.

2013-Annual-Meeting_11Jim Soehner was re-elected to the position of secretary, which he has held for the past five years.  Soehner represents Y-W Electric Association (Akron, Colo.), and has served on the Tri-State board since 1991.

Stuart Morgan, who has represented Wheat Belt Public Power District (Sidney, Neb.) on the Tri-State board since 2007, was re-elected treasurer – a position he first assumed in July of 2012.

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 one of two assistant secretary positions for the fourth consecutive year.

Matt Brown, who has represented High Plains Power (Riverton, Wyo.) on the Tri-State board since 2010, was elected to the second assistant secretary position for his first term.  He replaces long-time Tri-State and High West Energy (Pine Bluffs, Wyo.) director Wayne Child, who will be stepping down from the Tri-State board later this year after serving for 30 years.

The Executive Committee’s three at-large positions are being filled by incumbents Marshall Collins from Delta-Montrose Electric Association (Montrose, Colo.) and Jack Finnerty from Wheatland Rural Electric Association (Wheatland, Wyo.), along with newly-elected Joe Wheeling, representing La Plata Electric (Durango, Colo.)

2013-Annual-Meeting_22At the annual meeting, Tri-State executive vice president and general manager Ken Anderson noted some of the challenges before the association.  “In 2013 and beyond, the electric utility industry faces an increasingly challenging regulatory landscape,” Anderson said.  “Tri-State and other electric utilities that value coal for the production of electricity continue to deal with uncertainty in regulations aimed at eliminating this affordable resource from the generation mix.  Our board’s strategic direction is to take appropriate actions to protect our assets, preserve our options and enforce our membership’s right to affordable and reliable power,” he noted.

Anderson stressed that Tri-State will continue to take the necessary steps to best address regulatory challenges while supporting educational outreach efforts to inform consumers about the vital role of affordable electricity.

In 2012, Tri-State delivered a record 15.7 million megawatt-hours of electricity to its members, while recording an all-time high member peak demand of 2,798 megawatts in July.  Combined with off-system energy sales, the G&T sold 18.7 million megawatt-hours for the year and posted year-end revenues of $1.3 billion and assets of $4.3 billion.

1 Response to “Tri-State officers elected following 2013 annual meeting”

  • Rick,

    Where is a thank you for Gary Merrifield’s many years of service on the Executive Committee?


    PS Cany you get my TS Board report sent via E mail? Thanks. DK

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