Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, IncAt-A-Glance:

One rural cooperative finds higher profits in renewable energy as they meet their goal of “a transition that lowers rates.”

Key Takeaways

  • Once an opponent of renewables, Tri-State is discovering its members want clean energy
  • “Utilities once had almost no choice but to build coal, but now policies are different.”
  • Renewables are lowering customer rates as utilities accumulate debt on closed coal plants


Path to 100% Perspective:

Utilities are moving away from coal in favor of more profitable renewables from coast to coast, including those in rural areas once vehemently opposed to making the switch to renewables. Serving 43 member co-ops in the Western states, Tri-State is learning firsthand how they can reap both economic and environmental benefits in making the switch.  Learn more in the article “As co-ops struggle with stranded fossil fuel assets, Tri-State may finally embrace the energy transition,” as published on Utility Dive