IOU upheaval, push for more renewables moves to co-op arena FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Gazette (Colorado Springs):Luis Reyes drove up to Durango from Taos, N.M., on a sunny April day in 2017 to tell folks how the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, which he heads, left its interstate wholesale power provider and struck out on its own — and the room where he spoke at Durango’s Strater Hotel was packed.Kit Carson had paid $37 million to get out of its long-term contract with the Westminster-based Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, which serves 43 electric cooperatives in four states, including 18 in Colorado.Several co-ops have complained about what they see as Tri-State’s high power costs, limits on developing local renewable energy and the loss of dollars sent out of town to buy electricity.Since Reyes’ talk, the Durango-based La Plata Electric Association has begun to explore its options, and the Delta-Montrose Electric Association is in separation talks with Tri-State. On the Front Range, large co-ops, such as Brighton-based United Power and Fort Collins-based Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association, are pressing for more local renewable generation.“When Kit Carson left last year, the lightbulb went on at the other 42 co-ops,” said Jerry Marizza, new energy program coordinator for United Power.This turmoil is born of rapid changes in the utility industry as power prices are falling due to cheap generation powered by natural gas, wind and solar and growing demands from consumers for homegrown renewable energy.Many co-ops, however, chafe at Tri-State’s 7.5 cents a kilowatt-hour charge when the going Western wholesale price is around 3.1 cents a kilowatt-hour, according to energy wholesaler Guzman Energy.“Tri-State is changing,” Marizza said. “It just isn’t changing fast enough.”More: Colorado rural electric cooperatives look at cutting the cord
Two time all Ireland winner Declan Carr expects the Cats to go for the jugular from the start on Saturday and establish an early lead. You can hear the All-Ireland Hurling Final Replay between Tipperary and Kilkenny this Saturday live on Tipp FM. Throw-in at Croke Park is at 5 o’ clock- our big-match build-up gets underway from 4:30, in association with Lyoness Loyalty Card, Clonmel. Former Tipperary All Ireland winning captain Declan Carr says that he expects Kilkenny to attack the Premier County right from the start in this weekend’s All Ireland Hurling Final replay. The neighbouring counties will face off for the second time this Saturday at GAA Headquarters following their exciting draw earlier this month in what many have dubbed ‘the greatest All Ireland final ever’. Tipperary and Kilkenny traded points early on in the first final with the sides level six times in the first twenty minutes.
1 Barcelona have joined the race for former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, according to reports in Spain.The Frenchman is quickly becoming the most sought after player in world football, with clubs across Europe fighting for the Juventus midfielder’s signature.Real Madrid have been linked with a world record bid, while Chelsea are also said to be keen on bringing the 21-year-old to Stamford Bridge.But now, according to Marca, Barcelona have joined the race for Pogba’s services and have contacted his agent Mino Raiola.One potential stumbling block for any move is the fact that Barcelona are banned by FIFA from buying players in 2015.As a compromise Barcelona are offering to complete a deal in principal, with the move being finalised in January 2016. Paul Pogba in action for Juventus