Investing in the future of energy
Since 1985, Tri-State has partnered with members on Beneficial Electrification and Efficiency (BE&E) programs. Today, these programs promote consumer energy efficiency through a variety of electric products and services designed to increase productivity, reduce carbon dioxide emissions and advance new technologies.
To support our members in an ever-changing utility industry, we are focused on implementing best practices, like expanding innovative programs that support the wise use of electricity.
We partner on research, development and demonstration efforts aimed at tackling a number of important energy and environmental issues – and we have been recognized by the electric industry for our commitment to these initiatives.
What is beneficial electrification?
Beneficial electrification extends the benefit of a cleaner grid by using electricity in new and exciting ways focused on implementing technology that has historically been powered by fossil fuels to technology driven by electricity. In partnership with our members, electrification can save co-op consumers money, benefit the environment by reducing overall emissions, improve consumer quality of life, and foster a more robust and resilient grid.
Our Beneficial Electrification and Efficiency (BE&E) program annually provides over 10,000 electrification and efficiency rebates and product incentives totaling over $3 million to our members.
As a member of a co-op, there may be additional rebate savings for going electric. Please contact your local electric cooperative or public power district to learn more.
Here are a few ways you can Electrify and Save
Save with an electric vehicle (EV)
At Tri-State, we’re investing nearly $2 million to help members install EV chargers in their service area. To support EVs, it’s important there’s infrastructure to leave range anxiety behind. Our EV Experience Fleet gives member employees and consumer-members an opportunity to test-drive EVs in their area and identify what solutions would make EVs more convenient. On average, EVs have a lower cost of operation over their lifespan, and buyers are taking notice.
- Less maintenance
- Increased savings compared to gasoline
- Fun to drive
Heating and cooling with heat pumps
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, when paired with proper insulation, an electric heat pump can save over 30% on your heating and cooling bills compared to conventional HVAC systems. Here are some advantages of a heat pump:
- One system to heat your home (even in sub-zero temperatures) and cool during warmer months
- Eliminate potential carbon monoxide exposure from combustion byproducts
- Costs substantially less to heat your home than propane or electric baseboard heat
Heat pump water heaters
Another great way to embrace beneficial electrification is with a heat pump water heater (HPWH). They are available in multiple sizes to fit any household size (including commercial applications) and have fast recovery to keep hot water flowing. HPWHs use electricity to move heat from one place to another rather than generating their own heat like a traditional electric water heater, which can make them 2-3x more efficient when properly installed.*
* Source: Consumer Affairs, “Are heat pump water heaters worth the cost?” www.consumeraffairs.com/homeowners/heat-pump-water-heater-value.html
Power up your gardening tools
Electric garden tools can last longer and are emissions-free, meaning you’ll smell the scents of summer, not the smell of exhaust. Plus, with modern technology, they are just as effective as gas-powered alternatives. Just charge the battery and go!
- Low maintenance – no oil changes or need to treat fuel, change spark plugs or filters.
- No need to purchase and store gasoline
- Electric models are lightweight and easy to handle
Research & development
We support various pilot programs to bring research and development innovations into the field, like an indoor agriculture project in Craig, Colo. In addition, Tri-State membership comes with direct access to top experts from Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), CRN and Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), so members can explore their own innovation interests. Member's employees have their own EPRI accounts and work closely with us to further innovation and technology for their end consumers.