Power Local2019-07-21T09:14:42-06:00

The economic case for local, renewable energy

These days, most people understand the importance of shopping locally to support our economy and keep dollars close to home. But, what about buying local energy? The same concept applies. Local First is a non-profit alliance of locally-owned, independent businesses and organizations working together to build an economy that values people, the planet, and prosperity for everyone. As such, we advocate for keeping energy dollars re-circulating locally to create jobs, support the local energy industry, and maintain our quality of life.

A prime example of economic prosperity that is leaving our community is found in our local not-for-profit electrical distribution and public power cooperative, the La Plata Electric Association (LPEA). LPEA relies on Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association for power along with 43 other members across Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska and Wyoming. Currently, our energy comes from LPEA, which is part of a larger energy co-op called Tri-State. LPEA is required to purchase 95% of our electricity from Tri-State until 2050 because of a long-term contract that was renewed with Tri-State. Tri-State’s energy is over 60% coal produced, making them the 2nd worst climate emitting electricity producer in the country.  

If we could produce just 10% of our power locally that would keep $7 million a year here locally to circulate in our community.


Join the 120 businesses and 1,500 individuals that have already signed the petition to ask the City of Durango to join the local energy movement by committing to 100% local, renewable energy by 2050. Doing so would:

1. Keep energy dollars local by offering businesses entrepreneurial investment opportunities while creating competitive, high quality, local jobs. In this way, we will limit energy imports and prevent export of our financial capital.

2. Stabilize energy costs for citizens and businesses as the cost of fossil fuel energy continues to rise.

3. Protect our quality of life by keeping Durango’s air, land and water resources healthy.


1702, 2019

Public Utilities Commission Supports Reasonable Buyout Amount

By |February 17th, 2019|Categories: Home Page, Power Local|0 Comments

Big news today in the renewable energy and rural electric cooperative world: the CO Public Utilities Commission (PUC) ruled that it has the authority to determine whether Tri-State is charging Delta Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) a just [...]

1904, 2018

Kit Carson Electric setting national example for renewable energy

By |April 19th, 2018|Categories: Power Local|0 Comments

Full article at the Durango Herald By Mary Shinn City & health reporter Saturday, April 14, 2018 5:05 AM Northern New Mexico co-op Kit Carson Electric Association bought out of its Tri-State Generation and Transmission contract [...]

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