Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, its member electric cooperative, and other regional utilities have partnered to propose the construction of a new a 230-kilovolt transmission line from the Farmington area to Ignacio, Colo..

Tri-State, a not-for-profit electric utility, is a wholesale electric power supplier owned by the 44 electric cooperatives that it serves. Tri-State generates and transports electricity to its member systems throughout a 250,000 square-mile service territory across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.

Coordinating Utilities

La Plata Electric Association City of Farmington
Western Area Power Administration

Involved federal agencies

The Bureau of Land Management is the lead agency for the required environmental process, which will require evaluation of the potential environmental impacts from the proposed project before deciding to move forward. Other cooperating federal agencies are the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Rural Utilities Service. In addition, the Southern Ute Indian tribe is a cooperating entity

Bureau of Land Management

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Rural Utilities Service

Other involved groups:

Project Benefits

The proposed project would:

  • Improve the power delivery infrastructure to Colorado and New Mexico's San Juan Basin
  • Increase the load serving capabilities for residential, small business, and industrial electric consumers (including oil and gas developers)
  • Relieve transmission constraints for the region
  • Provide a pathway for potential renewable energy development

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