United Power, Tri-state Generation’s Largest Member, Inks Deal to Buy Electricity Elsewhere

Photo by Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

Photo: Mark Gabriel, president and CEO of United Power, said the Brighton-based electric cooperative has signed a deal to start buying power from Guzman Energy in May 2024. That’s when United Power says it will end its contract with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association.

Tri-State Generation and Transmission’s largest member, Brighton-based United Power, has agreed to start buying electricity from a different company as it prepares to end its contract with the wholesale power supplier.

United Power said Wednesday that it has signed an agreement with Guzman Energy, a wholesale energy provider whose customers include other rural electric associations that have cut ties with Tri-State.

United Power plans to leave Tri-State May 1, 2024. The lead-up to the planned departure has been marked by disagreements over how quickly to phase out coal as a power source, the transition to renewable energy, rates and how much of its own electricity United Power can produce.

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