Tri-State supports COVID-19 pandemic relief and recovery funds in four states |

Tri-State supports COVID-19 pandemic relief and recovery funds in four states

Sunrise at Tri-State’s Craig Generating Station, located southeast of downtown.
Photo courtesy of Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association

As the COVID-19 pandemic begins to hit close to home, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. is stepping up to help the communities it serves.

Donations totaling $200,000 for Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming coronavirus relief and recovery efforts are being made by Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association on behalf of its 46-member distribution cooperatives, public power districts and non-utility members.

“Concern for Community” is one of the seven Cooperative Principles that guide the not-for-profit cooperative business model, according to a press release from the organization. Electric cooperatives, which were formed by their members, have a long history of supporting their communities in times of crisis. Tri-State will re-allocate funds to be distributed to relief efforts in all four states served by the association’s members.

“We are proud to support each governor’s efforts to provide relief in their state,” said Rick Gordon, chairman of Tri-State and director of Mountain View Electric Association in Limon, Colo. “Cooperatives know well that we are all stronger when we combine our resources and work together to serve our communities.”

Tri-State is working with the governors’ offices in all four states in which it operates to identify relief fund needs. Tri-State will donate to the Colorado COVID Relief Fund and the All Together New Mexico Fund, as well as funds designated for COVID relief in Nebraska and Wyoming.

Tri-State’s electric system is operating normally to deliver power to its members, and the wholesale power supply cooperative has implemented well-planned procedures to address pandemics that ensure reliable power and protect the health of its employees and its communities.

“Tri-State is focused on safely delivering power and ensuring the reliability of the regional power grid while protecting the health of our employees and the communities we serve,” said Tri-State CEO Duane Highley. “Our employees continue to do the hard work of ‘keeping the lights on’ while taking good care of each other and their communities.”

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