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Tri-State Green RFP Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 30, 1998

You may have heard that Tri-State G & T Association is going "greener". Tri-State is a nonprofit, wholesale power supply cooperative that provides power to 32 rural-cooperative Member distribution systems in Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska.

Tri-State is developing a new program called the Renewable Resource Power Service (RRPS) program. The RRPS program is designed to make energy from wind and other renewable resources available to its Member systems by 1999. Tri-State Member customers will be able to pay a special voluntary rate for the purchase of energy from renewable resources.

"We believe there will be a lot of interest in our new green power option," said Tri-State general manager Frank Knutson. "It's a good choice for our Members, for their consumers and for the environment." Tri-State is committed to conservation of natural resources by offsetting non-renewable generation with renewable generation, to the extent that such offset is cost-effective, efficient and practical.

According to Jere Bates, Tri-State's financial planning and rates manager, "Over half of the respondents to Tri-State’s 1997 Residential End-Use Survey indicated they would like some sort of renewable energy made available to them."

To support this new program, Tri-State is distributing a Request for Proposals (RFP) to purchase energy from wind or other renewable resources. Bidders are being sought to offer power supply agreements to sell energy to Tri-State.

Tri-State anticipates purchasing approximately 1,000 megawatt-hours per month, initially. The actual sign-up level will be determined in mid-November, when Tri-State Members plan to report actual subscription count for their individual service areas to Tri-State.

The RFP solicits proposals for sales in the range of 200 to 5,000 megawatt-hours monthly, with options to purchase more as demand for renewable resource power increases.

If you or a company you know is interested in submitting a proposal, please notify Tri-State in one of the following ways:

  • Visit Tri-State's Website. A notification-of-interest form and a full copy of the RFP are posted at http://www.tristategt.org,

  • Fax contact information to: (303) 254-6029,

  • E-mail contact information to: http://margra@tristategt.org, or

  • Mail contact information to Tri-State Green RFP, P.O. Box 33695, Denver, CO 80233.

The deadline for proposal submittal is October 26, 1998, and a Bidders conference is scheduled for October 16, 1998. Please notify Tri-State of your interest by Friday, October 9, 1998, so you may receive a copy of the RFP prior to the Bidders conference.

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