Tri-State’s renewable energy plan praised |

Tri-State’s renewable energy plan praised


DENVER ” Environmentalists say they’re encouraged by Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association’s plans to focus more on renewable energy and natural gas and less on coal in the near term.

The Colorado-based utility that serves 1.4 million customers in four states has been criticized by environmentalists and some of its members for not producing more energy from renewable sources. Tri-State gets 71 percent of its power from coal and only 1 percent from renewable energy.

But Kansas officials have blocked construction of two coal plants that Tri-State had hoped to buy power from. The company said Friday that it’s expanding energy-efficiency programs and investing more in renewable energy and natural gas.