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Bureau of Land Management releases draft EIS for Tri-State transmission line planned for northern San Juan Basin

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance have recently made available for review and public comment the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the 65-mile, 230-kilovolt San Juan Basin Energy Connect Project to be constructed by Tri-State between northwest New Mexico and Ignacio, Colo.

The proposed San Juan Basin Energy Connect Project is expected to be under construction by late 2016.

The proposed San Juan Basin Energy Connect Project is expected to be under construction by late 2016.

The project also includes the expansion of Tri-State’s existing Iron Horse Substation, additions at The Western Area Power Administration’s Shiprock Substation and the construction of two new substations, Kiffen Canyon and Three Rivers, both in New Mexico.

The BLM will host two public meetings during the 45-day draft EIS public comment period on April 8 in Ignacio, Colo., and April 9 in Farmington, N.M.

The new line is needed to alleviate the strain that increasing electric load growth in the San Juan Basin areas of Colorado and New Mexico have caused on the region’s existing electrical system.

Among the project’s objectives are to improve electric system reliability, provide additional electric system capacity to support Tri-State member La Plata Electric Association’s (LPEA) requested capacity, as well as directly improving the load serving capability of the electric systems serving members LPEA, Empire Electric Association and San Miguel Power Association. Continue reading ‘Bureau of Land Management releases draft EIS for Tri-State transmission line planned for northern San Juan Basin’

Delta-Montrose Electric showcases solar lease-a-panel program

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than showing off a successful solar story?

That’s what Tri-State member system Delta-Montrose Electric Association did April 22 during an open house at its headquarters, where it announced that in two months it had fully leased 20,000 kilowatts of capacity, worth $75,000, in two community solar arrays.

The program, launched by the Montrose, Colo., co-op in mid-February, allows member-consumers to lease, at a small cost, a piece of the installations in exchange for a credit on their electric bills. Residents and businesses snapped up the leases, paying $3.75 per kilowatt.