Tri-State hosts teachers conference on energy

Tri-State’s Gigi Dennis kicks off the second annual teachers NEED energy conference held this week at the association’s Westminster headquarters.

Tri-State’s Gigi Dennis kicks off the second annual teachers NEED energy conference held this week at the association’s Westminster headquarters.

In an effort to encourage school teachers to make energy a larger part of their students’ curriculum, Tri-State hosted a three-day program on the electric utility industry this week (June 25-27) for approximately 35 teachers working predominantly at schools within the association’s member service territory.

Several of the educators attending this second annual NEED (National Energy Education Development) summer conference were also from schools in New Mexico that are electrically served by El Paso Electric Co., which also helped to fund this year’s event.

Tri-State works with NEED to conduct the program and its member co-ops to encourage teachers from schools in their service territories to attend this program, which is funded by Tri-State and its participating member systems.

The format of the conference is intended to be both fun and educational with lots of lab experiments and problem-solving energy exercises.

“By educating our teachers on energy we hope this program will ultimately prompt more kids to learn about where their electricity comes from,” said Gigi Dennis, senior manager of public affairs and organizer of this event. “We are pleased to see that attendance is up from last year’s conference,” she added.

A highlight of the teachers energy conference was a guided tour of Tri-State’s J.M. Shafer Station.

A highlight of the teachers energy conference was a guided tour of Tri-State’s J.M. Shafer Station.

In addition to NEED’s instructor, Vernon Kimball, who conducts most of the program, several Tri-State employees also provided presentations to the group on their areas of expertise. Julie Welch, engineer, and Rosa DelaCruz, transmission asset manager, discussed the association’s power supply system.

On Wednesday afternoon, the teachers received a guided tour of Tri-State’s J.M. Shafer Station hosted by plant manager Richard Rhoads and Riley Moore, generation engineering manager.

At the end of the conference all teachers received energy kits, lesson plans and other instructional materials that will help them customize their own classroom energy curriculum and hopefully will encourage their students to learn more about energy and the electric industry.

1 Response to “Tri-State hosts teachers conference on energy”


  • Great conference. Excellent opportunity for educators to improve their own knowledge about energy from a consumer’s perspective and as a teacher. Tri- State Generation and Transmission and The NEED Project did an excellent job of presenting vital infomation.

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