Support our Communities
Working with communities and employees affected by energy transitions
- Retraining and transition support for employees affected by facility retirements.
- Working with impacted communities to find meaningful economic development opportunities.
- Working with local, state and federal leaders to support a just transition.
Progress in 2021
- We committed a donation of $5 million to four local economic development organizations to support economic and community transition following the 2020 retirement of Escalante Station in New Mexico.
- We worked with local and state leaders and other supportive partners to begin exploring opportunities to retain local employment and revenue in transitioning Colorado and New Mexico communities by co-locating hydrogen and other clean energy projects at power plant sites, including by responding to federal requests for information and grant funding opportunities.
- With research and community partners, we installed a container farm at the New Mexico State University Grants campus to support study of the energy, water and sustainability impacts of indoor farming, as well as advance opportunities to foster workforce and economic development in the area.
Our Responsible Energy Plan changes Tri-State as a cooperative, including by directly impacting nearly half of our employees and many of the communities in which they live and work. After their commitment to keeping the lights on for all of us, Tri-State is committed to helping them better-manage the challenges of the transition.
To learn more, download the Responsible Energy Plan: 2020 Progress Highlights.
*Tri-State filed its Electric Resource Plan (ERP) with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) on December 1, 2020. The plan is subject to review and approval by the PUC, and is subject to change as technology, markets and regulatory conditions change over the implementation period.