Public updated on Tri-State’s resource plan

Mike Stortz, P.E., long range load forecasting manager, discussed the 2014 load and demand forecast.

Mike Stortz, P.E., long range load forecasting manager, discussed the 2014 load and demand forecast.

Tri-State staff members held their 2014 Electric Resource Planning Public Input Meeting on Friday, Aug. 8 at the association’s Hub Thompson Conference Center in Westminster.

Tri-State participates in a resource planning process, which includes a plan filed every four years beginning in 2010, with updates made to the plan each year. The planning process involves projecting future needs, assessing the existing assets available to meet those needs and identifying any resource gap so that Tri-State can continue to provide reliable and affordable electricity.

Planning for resources involves developing and assessing alternative scenarios based on a range of growth rates, resource costs, capital costs, types of generation resources, energy efficiency programs, levels of emissions, water usage and other considerations. The various alternative resource plans are compared on the basis of cost, environmental characteristics and other factors.

In addition to receiving input on the association’s updated resource plan, this public forum is held to comply with commitments to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.  Those who wish to comment on Tri-State’s electric resource plan through Sept. 8 or view the annual progress report may do so on Tri-State’s Web site . The Electric Resource Plan will be filed with the Colorado PUC by Oct. 31.

Tri-State staff coordinating and presenting this year’s annual update of the association’s electric resource plan included Sarah Carlisle, Rob Wolaver, Matt Haag, Matt Fitzgibbon and Mike Salva.

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