Tri-State to advance energy services as Reg Rudolph named Chief Energy Innovations Officer
- New role focused on delivering value as a service to members.
- Rudolph brings significant distribution system experience as CEO at San Isabel Electric Association.
(December 2, 2021 – Westminster, Colo.) Today, wholesale power supply cooperative Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association announced Reg Rudolph will join its senior leadership team in the newly created role of Chief Energy Innovations Officer. Rudolph will lead the development and implementation of competitive energy services that deliver value and optimize the interactions between consumers, the cooperative’s 42 member distribution systems and Tri-State.
“Harnessing the entrepreneurial spirit of cooperatives to drive innovation that benefits rural consumers and industries is the next significant step in Tri-State’s member-focused clean energy transition,” said CEO Duane Highley. “Reg will lead our efforts on important issues, including beneficial electrification, distributed generation and demand side-management, that empower every part of the cooperative value chain, from the consumer to the distribution system to the G&T.”
Rudolph brings to this role 30 years of electric utility experience, with 24 years as a distribution system CEO. For the past 13 years, he served in the role of chief executive officer at Tri-State member San Isabel Electric Association, where he created Empower, an energy services program that works with its consumers to develop customized solutions that maximize economic and environmental value. Rudolph brings a deep understanding of consumer and industry needs, adding perspective as Tri-State and its members plan for the future.
“Electrification not only drives opportunity for rural communities and economies, but is also the central driver for decarbonization,” said Rudolph. “It’s about delivering value as a service. Tri-State can work with its members, rooted in data and analytics, to optimize how we best utilize our energy systems, reduce costs, increase revenues and make a difference for all of our members.”
“While it’s bittersweet to leave my role at San Isabel, I hope to use my distribution system experience to the benefit of all Tri-State members and the consumers at the end of the line, while also strengthening Tri-State as a whole,” said Rudolph.
“As we transition Tri-State and implement our Responsible Energy Plan, a key component will be to offer members products and services to meet their individual goals,” said Highley. “Reg has demonstrated how San Isabel’s members find value in these programs, and I know he will bring his expertise and experience to offer the same value to all of our members.”
Tri-State is rapidly moving though a clean energy transformation guided by its Responsible Energy Plan, which includes among its goals increasing clean energy, reducing emissions, increasing member contract flexibility, and extending the benefits of a clean grid to cooperative consumers. The opportunities being explored with this new energy innovations focus will deliver results in each of those areas.
Rudolph will join Tri-State on Jan. 17, 2022.
Tri-State is a power supply cooperative of 45 members, operating on a not-for-profit basis, including 42 utility electric distribution cooperative and public power district members in four states that together deliver reliable, affordable and responsible power to more than a million electricity consumers across nearly 200,000 square miles of the West. For more information about Tri-State, visit www.tristate.coop.
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