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Craig briefs: Coffee and a Newspaper to discuss school budget

Coffee and a Newspaper to discuss school budget

The Craig Daily Press will host its monthly Coffee and a Newspaper from 7 to 7:50 a.m. on Wednesday at The Memorial Hospital. The discussion will surround the budgetary concerns at Moffat County School District as well as its per pupil head count. Publisher Renee Campbell and Managing Editor Noelle Leavitt Riley will moderate the discussion. The event is free, and coffee and pastries will be served. For more information, call 970-875-1788 or 970-875-1790.

Tri-State captures Wind Cooperative of the Year

Westminster — On Wednesday, the United States Department of Energy recognized Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc., as the 2014 Wind Cooperative of the Year in the generation and transmission cooperative category. Tri State operates Craig Station coal-fired power plant in Craig.

Tri-State member San Isabel Electric Association Inc. — based in Pueblo West — was also honored for wind energy development by a distribution cooperative, according to a press release.

The two power providers were selected by a panel of experts from the wind industry, utilities, government, national laboratories and cooperatives. The 14th annual awards were presented at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association TechAdvantage 2015 Conference and Expo in Orlando, Fla.

The wholesale power supplier has been purchasing wind power since 1998 and pursued its first utility-scale wind project in 2009 with the power purchase of the full output of the 51-megawatt Kit Carson Wind Power Project.

In 2012, Tri-State contracted for the full output of the 67-megawatt Colorado Highlands Wind Farm, a project that was expanded by 24 megawatts the following year. The association is currently working with a private developer on the 150-megawatt Carousel Wind Project near Burlington, scheduled to be online in 2016 after the completion of a major transmission line. Tri-State is currently considering both wind and solar projects submitted in response to a request for proposals issued in 2014.

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In addition to its wind resources, Tri-State purchases all of the power from the 30-megawatt Cimarron Solar Facility in northeastern New Mexico. Tri-State also provides support for its members that participate in more than 50 megawatts of community-based distributed and renewable energy projects, including wind, solar, hydropower, landfill gas and recycled heat, in their service territories.

San Isabel Electric Association has been a leader in wind power development in Colorado dating back to the 2004 installation of three anemometer towers to assess the wind potential in Huerfano County. The data from those towers has assisted with educational research and renewables development in the area, leading to the 2013 commissioning of the Huerfano River Wind Project. The largest community-owned, distributed-generation wind facility in the region, the 8-megawatt project today supplies five percent of San Isabel Electric Association's annual kilowatt-hour requirements.

The association is now partnering with the Electric Power Research Institute and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for a demonstration project using remotely controlled water heaters and electric thermal storage units to absorb the intermittent wind power.

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