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CREA Team Meets With Sen. Michael Bennet

February 22, 2012

This morning, representatives of the Colorado electric co-op community met with United States Senator Michael Bennet to discuss issues of importance to the electric co-op family. Bob Bledsoe (incoming President of CREA), Bill Midcap (incoming Vice President of CREA), Don Kaufman (incoming Secretary of CREA), Rick Gordon (Chairman of Tri-State G&T) and CREA Executive Director Kent Singer all met with Senator Bennet and Becca Montgomery, the Senator’s state policy director.

We thanked Senator Bennet for supporting the Colorado State Implementation Plan and asking the United States EPA to approve the plan. We also told the Senator we appreciated his support of the continuation of the production tax credit for renewable energy projects. We discussed the many new renewable energy projects that are being developed by Tri-State and the distribution co-ops as well as our many energy efficiency programs.

We also asked Senator Bennet to support continued funding of the RUS electric program in the upcoming farm bill debate and to oppose the current restrictions on funding for base load generation. We also asked the Senator to support bills that would preclude the EPA from regulating coal ash as a hazardous material. Finally, we asked Senator Bennet to help us continue to provide affordable electricity to rural Colorado by reining in excessive and unworkable environmental regulations.

We appreciate the opportunity Senator Bennet gave us to have a dialogue on these issues, and we look forward to continued discussions about the best energy policies for Colorado and the country.

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One Comment
  1. Alan permalink

    There is no such thing as an electric coop family, because members (customers) have no say in what policies should be put in place. There’s no freedom of speech, since comments will never get published. If I comment on all the ghastly, energy wasting outdoor lighting, it will get tossed.

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