Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc of Westminster in Colorado plans to issue a Request For Proposals (RFP) for 1000 megawatt-hours a month of green power for 32 member co-operatives anxious to buy clean energy. The power will be sold at a $0.025/kWh premium, says Mark Graham of Tri-State. "Our members are kind of impatient," he says. "We had a project on the books, but decided we didn't want to get into actual ownership of a facility. Instead, we came up with the renewable energy premium idea." The members, located in Wyoming, Nebraska and Colorado, want to get the program up and running by the end of the year. A Tri-State survey indicated a likely demand of 5-10 MW, says Graham. The RFP will ask for bids in blocks of at least 200 MWh/month. A proposal for a renewable plant to be owned by Tri-State was rejected by the association's board because some members complained that all customers would have to pay for the power, Graham notes. The premium program has the advantage that only those interested in it pay for it, he adds.
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