Tri-State Sues DMEA

Tri-State Generation and Transmission is suing Delta-Montrose Electric Association in order to thwart DMEA’s attempt to buy out its contract with the wholesaler. The Daily Press is reporting the complaint asks the court to clarify Tri-State’s rights and DMEA’s obligations under the association’s bylaws, and contends the Colorado Public Utilities Commission does not have the authority to decide the dispute. DMEA would like to nix the contract in part because it limits the coop to buy no more than 5% of power from other sources. The current contract won’t expire until 2040. The paper reports, while member coops can negotiate an exit fee, DMEA claims the amount Tri-State wants is unjust and discriminatory.

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