Craig briefs for July 20 |

Craig briefs for July 20

Annual salsa contest to take place at Moffat County Fair

— People are being asked to bring a batch of their favorite fruit or vegetable salsa recipe for a contest at the 2007 Moffat County Fair.

The annual contest will take place at 2 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Fairgrounds Pavilion. Cash prizes will be awarded for first through third place in fruit and vegetable salsa categories. All salsas must be made fresh for competition – no canned products will be accepted due to food safety precautions.

Salsa contest entries will be accepted from 8 a.m. through 1 p.m. on the day of the event, at the pavilion.

Rally for the Cure to be held Aug. 8

Rally for the Cure folf event will be held at 9 a.m. Aug. 8 at the Yampa Valley Golf Course. It is a scramble format. There is a $40 entry fee, which includes lunch, prizes and a Golf for Women magazine subscription; however, the fee does not cover green fees or cart. The event benefits the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Moffat County Cancer Society. Call Susan at 824-9656.

Tri-State releases solicitations

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has released the first of two solicitations to be issued this year for new power supply resources.

The request for proposals announced Wednesday seeks proposals for resources to meet near-term member load growth and support the integration of renewable energy into Tri-State’s system. The wholesale power supplier expects to release a second solicitation specifically for renewable energy later in 2007.

“Tri-State is actively pursuing the balanced resource planning approach that we announced earlier this year,” said Tri-State executive vice president/general manager J.M. Shafer in a release. “The addition of both highly-efficient natural gas generation and zero-emission renewable energy will strengthen and diversify our resource portfolio.”

Concurrently, Tri-State will analyze the development of a combined-cycle, natural gas-fired power plant in eastern Colorado. The RFP is being issued to evaluate alternatives, including power purchase agreements, to Tri-State’s self-build option.

Combined-cycle power plants are intermediate resources that fill the gap between peaking power plants and baseload power plants. Peaking plants meet power requirements during the periods of greatest energy demand, while baseload power plants operate at all times to meet around-the-clock needs for electricity. The energy output from combined-cycle power plants can help utilities integrate intermittent renewable energy resources into their energy portfolios.

Later this year, Tri-State will issue a request for proposals for renewable resources to meet its members’ initial renewable portfolio standards requirements. Tri-State supported the renewable energy portfolio standards legislation passed earlier this year in Colorado and New Mexico.

The RFP describes Tri-State’s request for up to 250 megawatts of intermediate power supply to serve its growing Colorado loads. The full RFP and timetable is available from the Tri-State Web site at

A Notice of Intent to Submit Proposal form must be submitted to Tri-State in accordance with Web site instructions no later than 3 p.m. Aug. 2. Proposals must be submitted in accordance with the instructions in the RFP and received by Tri-State no later than 3 p.m. Sept. 12, 2007. Tri-State expects the evaluation process to be completed by December 2007.

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