Industry and government officials attend HQ open house

Mike Houglum, dispatch manager, provided an explanation of Tri-State’s transmission system to visitors attending an open house held at HQ on July 15.

Mike Houglum, dispatch manager, provided an explanation of Tri-State’s transmission system to visitors attending an open house held at HQ on July 15.

Approximately 30 guests mainly representing business and commerce interests, government and various agricultural industries attended a Tri-State headquarters open house last week, organized and hosted by the association’s government relations staff.

The three-and-a-half-hour agenda included a luncheon, a tour of the operations center dispatch area and the energy markets department, along with several presentations provided by Tri-State staff.

In addition to providing visitors with an overview of the association and showcasing some of Tri-State’s daily operations in the dispatch center and energy markets department, the program provided an opportunity for Tri-State and Colorado Rural Electric Association’s staff to thank these organizations for their support to Tri-State and CREA in their opposition to Colo. Senate Bill 252.

“While our joint effort ultimately did not succeed in that case, I believe our unified, coordinated campaign made a major impression on the governor,” said Kent Singer, CREA executive director and one of the program’s keynote speakers. “It’s our hope that we can continue to work together in the future when important issues present themselves that would impact our rural constituents across Colorado.”

Approximately 30 guests from government, business and agriculture attended the association’s open house hosted by Tri-State’s government relations staff.

Approximately 30 guests from government, business and agriculture attended the association’s open house hosted by Tri-State’s government relations staff.

Also participating on the agenda was Barry Ingold, Tri-State’s senior manager of production assets, who presented a general overview of the association’s operations with a particular emphasis on its generating facilities.

Mike Sorensen, senior manager of fuel and water resources, discussed how water is a vital resource in many facets of Tri-State’s operations and Dave Lock, senior manager of government relations, provided a brief overview on legislative issues that are important to the G&T.

The tours of dispatch were hosted by dispatch manager Mike Houglum, while Janelle Marriot-Gill, market training and regulatory compliance coordinator, provided guests with a brief visit behind the secure doors of the energy markets department. Government relations advisor Amy Robertson planned and organized the day’s activities.

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