January 2007 - San Miguel Power Association (SMPA), a rural electric distribution cooperative serving Telluride, Colo. and surrounding areas, announced a goal to have 80% of its 12,000 customers buying at least 100 kWh of renewable energy per month by the end of 2009. Under SMPA's Renewable Energy Program, consumers can purchase renewable energy in 100-kWh monthly increments at a rate premium of 1.25¢/kWh. The average SMPA residential consumer uses approximately 750 kWh per month. The renewable energy for the program is supplied Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association.
In addition, the utility is aiming to source 20% of its total electricity sales with renewable energy. To reach the 20% renewable energy goal, SMPA customers will need to purchase 34 to 36 million kWh of renewable energy annually, or more than 28,000 100-kWh monthly blocks. Telluride Ski Resort recently committed to purchase 4.8 million kWh of renewable energy annually through the SMPA program, equal to the energy used by the gondola and the Town of Mountain Village. SMPA also purchases nearly 1 million kWh of renewable energy annually for its own electricity needs.
News Release - SMPA Announces Renewable Goal of 80/20 in 2010
News Article - Mountain Village is Now Largest Purchaser of Renewable Energy in Tri-State Generation Service Territory
SMPA Media Contact: Gary Miller, (970) 626-5549