More Colorado energy co-ops line up to leave Xcel, Tri-State for cleaner, cheaper electricity providers

Photo by Kathryn Scott, Special to The Colorado Sun

Photo: A digital clock sits near the office of Mark Gabriel, President and CEO of United Power, at the company’s headquarters on Sept. 20, 2023 in Brighton. The clock ticks down the days, hours, minutes and seconds remaining until United Power can leave its power supplier, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association.

United Power CEO Mark Gabriel has a countdown clock on his desk ticking off the time until his electric cooperative leaves the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association on May 1, 2024.

Brighton-based United Power, however, isn’t the only Colorado co-op counting days.

Seven other rural electrical cooperatives have left, are looking to leave, or renegotiate contracts with their traditional power suppliers — Tri-State and Xcel Energy — enabling them to venture into a wholesale market filled with merchant power suppliers and brokers.

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