Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association may take steps to become rate-regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, a move Montrose's local power cooperative views with skepticism.
If the wholesaler from which Delta-Montrose Electric Association purchases most of its power does become FERC rate-regulated, it would no longer fall under Colorado Public Utilities rate control, DMEA's chief operating officer Virginia Harman said last week.
On Thursday, June 20, Delta-Montrose Electric Association members will take over Hotchkiss High School for the co-op's annual meeting.
However, calling it a meeting doesn't quite do the event justice this year, because DMEA has planned a night of true family fun -- a magician, live music, carnival games, face painting, and more.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association's attempts to buy out its contract with Tri-State Generation and Transmission are focal points for the five candidates seeking election to the DMEA board of electors.
Incumbent Brad Harding is running unopposed for the District 3 seat.
Five candidates are looking to fill the three seats on DMEA's board of directors that are up for election this year. In District 3, incumbent Brad Harding is unopposed. In District 4, David White is challenging incumbent Ken Watson. South Region candidates are Jock Fleming and Ken Otto.
A state district court has thrown out a lawsuit filed by Tri-State against Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) in Adams County. Tri-State, which is headquartered in Adams County, sued DMEA earlier in the year and challenged the Colorado Public Utilities Commission's ability to decide a reasonable exit charge for DMEA's withdrawal from Tri-State.
The nomination period for DMEA's 2019 board of directors elections opened earlier this month. Each year, DMEA members are responsible for electing three representatives to serve on the co-op's board of directors. This year, the board seats up for election are District 3, District 4, and the South Region.
Earlier this year, the state's Broadband Deployment Board awarded $4 million in state grant funds to bring high-speed internet to citizens near Crawford, Hotchkiss, Northeast Delta and West Montrose. The funding was awarded to DMEA to build the fiber network that Elevate would use to deliver high-speed internet service.
After interviewing a number of candidates, the board of directors of Delta-Montrose Electric Association appointed Stacia Cannon to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of John Gavan.
A major ruling Feb. 14 by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) set the stage for the commission's review of an allegedly unreasonable and discriminatory charge demanded by Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association (Tri-State) from Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA).
Last week the Coalition of Ratepayers, the energy policy affiliate of prominent Colorado free-market and libertarian think tank, the Independence Institute, declared their support for DMEA's complaint before the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The coalition submitted a public comment to the PUC supporting DMEA's complaint against Tri-State Generation and Transmission.
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has delivered a letter to the Colorado Legislature seeking lawmakers' engagement when considering matters important to electric cooperatives. The letter specifically addresses Delta Montrose Electric Association's filing with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.
Ongoing efforts by Delta-Montrose Electric Association to negotiate what it believes is a fair price for buying out of its contract with wholesale energy provider Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc., have stalled.
After more than two years of negotiations with Tri-State, DMEA believes it has exhausted all of its options to negotiate a buyout.
Last month, John Gavan, a longtime board member of Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA), was appointed by the then Governor Hickenlooper to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC).
"This appointment is a great honor for John and DMEA.
Students looking to pursue higher education next fall can now apply for funding through Delta-Montrose Electric Association's (DMEA) annual college scholarship program. The deadline to apply is Jan. 31.
On Dec. 6, Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) strongly reaffirmed its intent to exit membership in Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association (Tri-State), and has asked the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to exercise its statutory authority over Tri-State as a public utility and adjudicate a just, reasonable and nondiscriminatory exit charge.
At a special meeting Oct. 16 and through mail-in ballots, the Delta-Montrose Electric Association membership voted 2,677-1,248 to approve amended and restated Articles of Incorporation, giving the co-op the authority to operate under Article 56 of the Colorado Cooperative Act. In doing so, Jasen Bronec, CEO, said the membership has positioned DMEA for its next 80 years and has helped ensure that the cooperative remain competitive, reliable, and cost-effective.
Members of Delta-Montrose Electric Association are considering a proposal from DMEA to amend the co-op's Articles of Incorporation. Mail-in ballots were mailed in late September and must be returned by Oct. 12.
The commissioners have sent a letter announcing their official support for DMEA's request for grant funding from the Colorado High Cost Fund in its effort to build DMEA's high-speed, fiber network throughout Delta County. The county has worked to improve economic prospects in its communities, and robust internet and broadband services are a crucial part of that economic plan.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association has had to adjust to a lot of changes since its incorporation as the Delta-Montrose Rural Power Lines Association in August of 1938. When power first flowed through its lines in May of 1939, the cooperative served 250 members.
Members of Delta-Montrose Electric Association have an important decision to make this fall: the co-op has asked them to approve amended and restated Articles of Incorporation.
The Articles of Incorporation together form the founding document of DMEA.
With the continued dry, windy weather and soaring temperatures, Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) reminds members it has put in effect its fire prevention procedures.
DMEA's annual meeting on June 15 provided an evening of family fun, entertainment, education, and full bellies, as Jimmer's Back Country BBQ served up a delicious meal.
It was also a night for DMEA to celebrate the future.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association's (DMEA) annual meeting of members will be held Thursday, June 14, at the Montrose Pavilion, 1800 Pavilion Drive. The fun kicks off at 4:30 p.m. with bucket truck rides, an electric car show, kids' games, educational booths, live music by David Starr, and Elevate Fiber demonstrations.
As much of the region continues to experience a bout of dry and windy weather, Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) has put in effect its fire prevention procedures. The precautionary measures rely more heavily on fieldwork by operations personnel and less on the use of DMEA's automated and remotely controlled equipment.
Of the three board seats up for election this year for Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA), only one remains contested. Two candidates will vie for the District 1 seat: incumbent, William Patterson and challenger, Edward Ulibarri.
Members of Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) are invited to join the co-op to enjoy finger foods and sample Big B's products at Power Bites Friday, May 11, at Big B's Delicious Orchards in Paonia between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Both DMEA and Elevate fiber representatives will be on hand to answer questions and get to know the membership.
At its regular meeting April 24, DMEA's board of directors appointed Ken Watson to fill the vacant District 4 board seat. Watson was one of five candidates who submitted interest in the open position.
Executive director Deborah Shaffer and board president Cindy Starr are pleased to announce the generous support of Delta Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) for the completion of the Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center (GMAEC). A grant in the amount of $7,500 has been awarded, as well as the in-kind donation of $8,484.13 in electrical work to assist in completing the preparations for the grand opening of the center for public performances and events this coming June.
While controlled burns are an important tool in Western Colorado for managing and restoring natural areas, Delta-Montrose Electric Association is asking members to take extra precaution when burning near power poles or other parts of the power system.
"Burning near our power poles and equipment creates an obvious hazard.
A rash of panicked phone calls filled the lines at Delta-Montrose Electric Association last week as members reported yet another phone scam. Although consumers are typically savvy regarding scams, DMEA advises members to exercise caution as the scammers become more sophisticated and clever.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) will immediately begin inspecting power poles in the Orchard City area. The inspections are expected to last throughout the spring. DMEA is contracting with SBS Inspections to conduct the work.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association is expanding outside its service territory to begin offering high-speed Elevate Fiber in the City of Delta. While occasionally rivals in the world of electrical service, DMEA and the city are closely aligned in the desire to bring broadband to the community, first to businesses and then to residences.
Mayor pro-tem Ron Austin conducted the Dec. 19 meeting of the Delta City Council in the absence of Mayor Ed Sisson. Council member Bill Raley was also absent, so with Gerald Roberts and Christopher Ryan, there were just enough council members on hand to constitute a quorum.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) is now accepting applications for its 2018 summer youth leadership programs. DMEA will sponsor one student to attend the National Rural Electric Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. and three students to attend the Colorado Cooperative Youth Leadership Camp near Steamboat Springs.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) is in the process of replacing switches on its 46 kV power lines in the Olathe, Hotchkiss and Paonia areas. Switches in these areas have reached the end of their useful life and are now in need of replacement.
The Board of County Commissioners officially endorsed a request by DMEA for grant funding to help with the build out of its broadband fiber-optic network.
In a letter to the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) the county commissioners stated:
Yet another community can now boast that it has access to gigabit internet. Just this month, Elevate Fiber announced that a zone in Cedaredge met its goal for preregistrations and kicked off construction.
DMEA is currently conducting random phone surveys regarding customer service and member satisfaction with DMEA. As a result, some members are being asked about member satisfaction, services, experience, and need.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) will be conducting aerial line inspections across the service territory on Wednesday, July 12, beginning at 8 a.m. and lasting throughout the day. The patrol will be conducted by Mountain Blade Runner of Montrose using a helicopter.
Solar Energy International's (SEI) Solar in the Schools program secured solid funding this month, when Delta-Montrose Electric Association committed $150,000 to the program. DMEA's board of directors voted unanimously at its regular May board meeting to funnel $150,000 from the co-op's Unclaimed Capital Credit fund to support the installation of solar electric systems at five high schools within DMEA's service territory.
There was no contest for the three DMEA director terms coming up for election this year. As a result, at DMEA's annual meeting held at Hotchkiss High School on June 15 Mark Eckhart was returned to his board position for district 7; John Gavin was returned to his board position for the north region; and, Damon Lockhart was named to the district 6 board position formerly held by Terry Brown who chose not to run again.
As middle-mile broadband installation in the City of Delta nears completion, the Delta City Council has finalized a number of service agreements/fiber exchanges with Region 10, DMEA and Elevate Fiber.
According to Glen Black, community development director, equipment installation and testing of fiber to the carrier neutral location should be finished by the end of the month.
An issue of public safety versus private property rights was briefly discussed at the last town council meeting in Hotchkiss, after a resident complained that the street light located on the north end of 2nd Street near the railroad tracks is too bright and is a disturbance.
Delta-Montrose Elec-tric Association's (DMEA) annual meeting of members will be held Thursday, June 15, at Hotchkiss High School, 438 Bulldog Street. The fun kicks off at 4:30 p.m., with bucket truck rides, kids' games, educational booths, and Elevate Fiber demonstrations.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association is the 2017 recipient of the Edgar F. Chesnutt Award for Best Total Communication Program, the highest honor in the Spotlight on Excellence Awards program. DMEA serves 27,000 members in Montrose, Delta and Gunnison counties.
Three Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) members completed the necessary steps to be declared official candidates for the co-op's 2017 election. Each candidate is running unopposed in his respective district.
Approximately 1,158 Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) members experienced an early evening power outage Monday, May 15, when high winds snapped power poles along Highway 92. Three poles near the intersection of Highway 92 and 1800 Road broke, bringing down the power line serving the area.
High speed internet has long been a top priority for Delta County Economic Development, which has partnered with the Economic Development Administration, Region 10, DMEA, Delta County and municipalities to bring what is widely recognized as an "essential service" to western Colorado.
The Cedaredge Town Board agreed at its March 16 meeting to what is essentially a non-compete agreement with DMEA (Elevate).
A memorandum of understanding that was provided by DMEA and approved by the town board last week bars future town-owned broadband infrastructure from being used for selling access or signal provided by DMEA, except through established networks.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) is bringing the Morning Buzz to Delta County. The co-op is hosting three of its popular morning coffee events during the months of March and April.
On Tuesday, Nov. 15, the DMEA board of directors approved a rate increase to take effect Jan. 1, 2017. No changes were made from the original proposal.
In January 2017, Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) is set to receive a 4.3 percent increase in wholesale power costs from Tri-State Generation and Transmission. This increase, coupled with the need to accurately recover the cooperative's fixed costs, has resulted in the need to increase electric rates in the new year.
Beginning this week, Delta Montrose Electric Association will be inspecting power poles on the Grand Mesa. DMEA is contracting with SBS Inspections to conduct the work.
A failure to properly locate and mark a utility line where drilling was planned resulted in a 12-hour outage of phone and internet services for TDS and other customers throughout much of Delta County and the North Fork area last Wednesday. The outage, which lasted from approximately 9:10 a.m. to 10 p.m., left many without vital means of communication.
Throughout the day businesses were unable to process credit and debit card payments, prescriptions went unfilled, and some area banks were forced to close.
Raise your glass in a toast to Elevate Fiber, powered by DMEA, at the annual Montrose Oktoberfest. Elevate, in partnership with Revolution Brewing of Paonia, will tap its Elevate IPA -- a special batch black IPA -- at the event on Oct. 1. Elevate Fiber representatives will be on hand to help pour samples of the new beer and answer questions.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) members in the Hotchkiss area have recently reported receiving scam phone calls from individuals posing as DMEA employees. The scammers are using more sophisticated technology to ensure DMEA's 1-877-687-3236 number appears on caller IDs and are providing fake names, employee ID numbers and supervisor names.
The Colorado Court of Appeals has upheld a district court decision, affirming the City of Delta's right to provide electrical services in territory previously served by Delta-Montrose Electric Association.
The issue arose in September 2012, when Maverik contacted DMEA about plans to build a convenience store at the corner of Highway 50 and Highway 92.
The Region 10 broadband project is looking to the state for more grant money to extend fiber optic cable to "anchor institutions" within local communities. The Region 10 plan has received grant commitments from the state and federal governments, and also cash support from the cities of Delta and Montrose and Delta County.
The dispute between DMEA and its wholesale power supplier entered a new phase last week with the filing of an appeal before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Washington, D.C.
In that appeal, Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association asked FERC to reconsider a June 2016 order striking down a Tri-State penalty imposed when DMEA buys from renewable resources.
The Orchard City trustees at their regular monthly meeting on July 13 declined an offer to host a community event promoting DMEA's broadband business project. However, explained Mayor Ken Volgamore, there is no problem if private individuals want to rent the community room and stage a promotion on their own.
In a unanimous decision issued June 16, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Washington, D.C., struck down a fee imposed by Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association (Tri-State) on wholesale electric customers -- such as DMEA -- who purchase energy from renewable resources like wind, solar, hydro or geothermal power.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) announced the results of the 2016 board of directors election at the annual meeting of members June 16. A total of 5,026 votes were cast.
At its annual meeting of members on June 16, Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) will introduce Elevate Fiber and demonstrate the fastest Internet service on the market. Elevate Fiber, powered by DMEA, is the co-op's new fiber broadband company that was recently established to bring fast, reliable, and quality Internet service to members in Montrose and Delta counties.
All through his first term as Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) director Olen Lund has used his experience, knowledge and contacts to further develop hydro, micro-hydro, coal bed methane, solar and other local natural resources for local electricity generation within our service area.
Olen and his wife, Debbie have been married for 29 years and have three children who graduated from Paonia High School (as did Olen in 1978).
Six candidates will compete for a seat on Delta-Montrose Electric Association's (DMEA) nine-member board this spring. The District 3, District 4, and the South Region positions are up for election. The official candidates are as follows:
Speaking to a gathering of elected officials and senior staff at the Municipal Quarterly meeting in Paonia last Friday, Jasen Bronec, Delta-Montrose Electric Association CEO, unveiled details of DMEA's broadband plan including rates the co-op will charge.
DMEA is becoming a new entrant in the local Internet service provider marketplace which, by one recent count, already has 12 to 15 private sector companies competing for home and business customers.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) is inviting members to its newest member outreach program, the Morning Buzz. In an effort to be accessible to its members and provide a convenient way for members to ask questions, the co-op will hold morning coffee meetings at local coffee shops throughout the service territory.
Not long ago, Delta County was said to be broadband deficient. Now, there are two broadband "middle mile" systems in planning or construction and consumers look to benefit as other Internet options become available.
In March, Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) announced Phase I of its fiber-to-the-premises broadband business. Paonia, Orchard City and South Montrose were identified as the zones to be targeted first. Specific details about the exact locations these areas will include are not yet available.
Self-nomination petitions for the 2016 Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) board of directors election are now available to the public.
Each year, DMEA members are responsible for voting for three representatives to serve on the co-op's board of directors.
A fifth-generation Paonia resident has announced his intent to run for the board of Delta-Montrose Electric Association for District 3. Brad Harding is the father of two young children, the husband of a Cedaredge native, the son, grandson and great-grandson of coal miners and fruit growers, and the president of the only locally owned bank in Delta County.
The Orchard City Town Board has agreed to lend the town's support for development of local renewable hydroelectric power generation.
Following a presentation to the trustees during their meeting on March 9, the town staff will draft a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission opposing a proposal by Tri-State Generation and Transmission.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) will kick off its much anticipated fiber-to-the-premise business this month. The first three areas set to receive quality high-speed Internet services through DMEA are south Montrose, Paonia and Orchard City.
Each year, three of DMEA's nine board positions are put to voters. DMEA board positions in Districts 3 and 4, and in the south region are up for election this year.
District #3 is comprised of the North Fork Valley and a Highway 92 corridor extending south into Montrose County.
DMEA, one of the two major players on the broadband field, provided an update to the Board of County Commissioners on Monday.
DMEA SmartGrid coordinator Mark Kurtz and chief operations manager Steve Metheney reported on DMEA's progress building its own consumer broadband Internet service provider (ISP) network and business plan.
DMEA has initiated a campaign, asking its members to join the opposition to a proposal by Tri-State Generation and Transmission.
But those who want to help DMEA must do so soon: the deadline is March 11.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association invites members to The Morning Buzz, an outreach program that allows members to ask questions and offer suggestions.
"Cooperatives, like DMEA, are established to serve their members, and it's important to listen to those members," said DMEA CEO Jasen Bronec, who, along with other co-op representatives will be on hand to answer questions and listen to suggestions.
Tri-State Generation and Transmission has filed a legal action that would restrict DMEA's ability to buy affordable electricity purchased from local renewable energy sources, according to an advisory from DMEA.
Virginia Harmon, manager of member relations and human relations for DMEA, reports that Tri-State is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) "to approve a rate penalty on utilities like DMEA when they purchase electricity from local renewable generation projects."
Delta-Montrose Electric Association's (DMEA) Operation Round Up Charitable Trust is seeking to fill two upcoming vacancies for the District #3 and North Region trustee positions. Trustees serve three-year terms and are limited to a total of four terms.
The lights went out in Cedaredge and areas surrounding the town on Thursday, Feb. 18, from a power outage that lasted almost four hours -- from 7:36 to 11:10 p.m. according to a spokesperson with DMEA.
Police, fire, and ambulance crews responded to the site on West Main Street at about 12th Avenue where they found a fire burning atop a DMEA power pole.
The Colorado Energy Office and GRID Alternatives announce five community solar projects designed to demonstrate the viability of community solar models that serve low-income households. Delta-Montrose Electric Association, Gunnison County Electric Association, Holy Cross Energy, San Miguel Power Association and Yampa Valley Electric Association have volunteered to build low-income projects totaling 579 kW.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) is now accepting applications for its 2016 academic scholarship program. Applicants must be dependents of a DMEA member and planning to enroll in or be enrolled full time in an accredited college, university or vocational school. Applications are available online through the DMEA website.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association's board of directors has voted unanimously to proceed with a fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) business in order to bring reliable broadband Internet service to the citizens and businesses in Montrose and Delta counties. The DMEA board approved a phased deployment, which will begin with an initial pilot phase.
The City of Delta is in the final stages of acquiring about 80 Delta-Montrose Electric Association customers on Garnet Mesa. The affected service territory lies between 5th and 7th streets, and adjoins DMEA territory previously acquired by the city.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) members will receive approximately $2 million in capital credit retirement checks this month. The DMEA board approved a $2.6 million capital credit retirement during its October meeting.
Scattered outages began affecting members of Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) as winter weather rolled through the co-op's service territory late Monday night and early Tuesday morning. The weather system dumped heavy, wet snow onto trees, many of which had not yet lost their leaves, snapping tree limbs which fell into DMEA's power lines.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) is now accepting applications for its 2016 academic scholarship program. Applicants must be dependents of a DMEA member and planning to enroll in or be enrolled full time in an accredited college, university or vocational school.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association recently issued its first ever variable speed drive rebate.
Randy Meaker of Montrose installed a 50-horsepower variable speed drive pump on his irrigation system, which resulted in a $2,350 rebate from DMEA.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) is launching a redesigned website this month. The new site focuses on user experience.
DMEA is offering $10 to its members for attending local forums designed to help them reduce their energy use.
DMEA will host two of the member forums next month.
The directors of Delta-Montrose Electric Association are trying to work through differences about whether or how to move forward with a third study of a fiber optic network project often referred to as "broadband."
A consultant's estimate for building out DMEA's proposed "last mile" Internet broadband business model is $94 million.
The figure was confirmed last week by DMEA staff in an email reply to the DCI.
Delta Montrose Electric Association is asking local governments in Delta County for assistance in making plans for a possible decision to enter the "last mile" Internet service provider business.
The Orchard City Town Board has hit the brakes and taken a "slow down, wait and see" approach to the coordinated push to place a broadband "opt-out" measure on local November ballots.
Trish Thibodo, director of Delta County Economic Development, came before the Hotchkiss Town Council on Aug. 13 to give a presentation on efforts to bring broadband Internet access to Delta County. DCED is working with Region 10, which was recently awarded a $5.2 million grant to build middle-mile infrastructure to provide that access to the county.
Energy Outreach Colorado has committed $100,000 to Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) to help members with past due balances make the transition from a traditional account to the co-op's new prepay program, My Choice.
Energy Outreach Colorado is an independent non-profit raising money to help provide home energy assistance to low-income Coloradans, according to a posting on the Internet.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association CEO Jasen Bronec met with White House officials in Washington, D.C., last week to discuss recent progress and potential collaboration on efficiency and renewable energy development. DMEA was one of 30 cooperatives invited to attend the meeting with officials from the White House Rural Council and the USDA's Rural Utilities Service.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on June 18 ruled in favor of DMEA in a dispute with Tri-State Generation. The ruling says DMEA is obligated to purchase electricity from a proposed local hydroelectric project at rates that DMEA may negotiate with the hydropower project's owners.
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