There’s a rich ranching heritage within Tri-State member High West Energy’s three-state service territory, and the co-op is saluting it in a most unusual way.
“Over the years, more than 500 brands have been registered in High West’s service territory,” says Brian Heithoff, CEO and general manager of the Pine Bluffs, Wyo.-based co-op. “It is our goal to have as many of those brands as possible represented in our office.”
For nearly 30 years, seeing some of those brands has been part of the regular workday for dozens of staffers at the coop’s headquarters. The co-op took over an old John Deere dealership building back in 1988 and inherited a tradition likely born in the mind of a tractor salesman decades before to promote customer goodwill. Read more
Tri-State member system High West Energy (Pine Bluffs, Wyo.) will soon be building a $7.3 million, 30-mile transmission line to Weld County in northern Colorado.
The line will run from the east side of Cheyenne to near Hereford, Colo., to service a gas processing facility owned by EOG Resources. “This allows us to get facilities to Weld County where we had few other facilities prior,” High West general manager Brian Heithoff said.
Wayne Child (center) participated in the ceremonial groundbreaking with other directors of the High West Energy board.
Colleagues, friends and family of long-time High West Energy (Pine Bluffs, Wyo.) and Tri-State director Wayne Child gathered May 3 to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new Tri-State substation just east of Cheyenne that will be named for the respected director. The Wayne Child Substation will be located south of the new Archer Development Complex currently being constructed by Laramie County and will provide electrical power to local customers and upgrade the reliability of the existing transmission line system. It will be constructed in two phases and will eventually occupy 30 acres.
Phase I will serve Tri-State member co-op High West Energy, meeting the load for the Archer Development Complex in 2012. It involves construction of an access road, a 5.5-acre distribution substation, a storm water detention pond and a 230-kilovolt ‘tie-line’ to the existing Archer Substation owned and operated by the Western Area Power Administration. “The Wayne Child Substation will provide the Laramie County Archer Complex with a very reliable energy source as well as providing backup to adjacent area substations for many years,” said Lloyd Sisson, engineering manager at High West Energy.
Phase II involves connecting Tri-State’s existing Laramie River Station to Story 345-kilovolt transmission line to increase system reliability and could begin as soon as 2014.
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