Youth Tour participants visit Denver and Washington, D.C.

Youth-Tour-2014_15A group of 28 Colorado high school students participating in this year’s Electric Cooperative Youth Tour visited United Power last week (June 12) to learn about electric cooperatives, the electric utility industry and to get a general idea of how electricity is generated and transmitted before heading to Colorado’s capitol building and then jetting off to Washington D.C. for a week of activities visiting officials, seeing the sights and meeting their peers from across the country.

Tri-State strategic communications specialist Jonathan Thornton helped organize and present during the day’s events to prepare the tour participants for their week-long experience in our nation’s capital.  They viewed a safety demonstration courtesy of United Power’s linemen and played “The Price of Electricity is Right” to learn about the value of electricity and the cooperative business model.  Dispatch Manager Michael Houglum provided a tour of dispatch Thursday night describing the three electric grids and how they balance generation to load.

Tri-State dispatch manager Michael Houglum provides a tour of dispatch for the Colorado Youth Tour participants.

Tri-State dispatch manager Michael Houglum provides a tour of dispatch for the Colorado Youth Tour participants.

“We want the students to know about cooperatives, electricity and have a feel for the legislative process as they travel to Washington D.C. and meet with other high school students and elected officials,” Thornton said.

Colorado's students gather in front of the Lincoln Memorial in D.C.

Colorado’s students gather in front of the Lincoln Memorial in D.C. Photo courtesy of Colorado Rural Electric Association.

The tour celebrates its 50th year of hosting youth from across rural America.  This year 1,600 students representing 640 cooperatives are expected to participate.

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