The Delta County Commissioners have asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to deny Tri-State's request for a punitive rate tariff on electricity generated by local alternative energy projects. The county letter to the FERC states, "Since 2012, Delta County has lost over 800 mining jobs and three supporting businesses. In comparative terms this would equate to 19,000 jobs in the Denver Metro area.
"Mining in Delta County historically employed 1,200 families and supported hundreds more when the cumulative impact of coal based service and supply companies are added.
"To address this impact in our local economy, Delta County is moving to additional power generation from renewables including hydro, micro-hydro, solar and methane. The diverse renewable energy generation is essential to Delta County for jobs and businesses.
"To penalize a community that has already experienced a drastic hit from the loss of coal jobs as they move toward renewable energy sources would be hypocrisy in action and completely unnecessary. Affordable energy in the form of penalty-free renewable generation is critical to Delta County."
In other business, the commissioners approved a change in a road name. Last Chance Road will become known as Pheasant Rich Road.
Commissioners were satisfied that residents living on the road had approved of the change. The name change was requested by property owner Rich Nelson.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.