A number of community groups and local government agencies have provided letters or resolutions in support of the transmission project, signifying the concern and need for continued reliable power and the potential for renewable energy development.
- U.S. Congressman John Salazar
"It's important to applaud the state's largest two electric utilities, Public Service Company of Colorado and Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, for jointly developing this project. The partnership provides cost savings and environmental benefits through joint planning, construction and operation of the project. For these reason, I support the Southern Colorado Transmission Improvements Project."
- Action 22
"Rural economic development in southern Colorado relies on access to a dependable supply of electricity, and the proposed project will ensure that utilities in southern Colorado can serve their consumers with a reliable, affordable and adequate supply of electric power."
- Bureau of Reclamation
"The Closed Basin Project is dependent upon reliable electrical power for our 170 salvage wells and other project facilities. Should electrical power be lost to the Valley for any extended period of time, the Closed Basin facilities would be rendered inoperable."
- Colorado Potato Administrative Committee
"Without the addition of new transmission lines in the near future, voltage collapse could affect many potato producers' ability to efficiently operation their farms, and perhaps even limit potato production in the valley."
- Monte Vista City Council
"Be it resolved that the Monte Vista City Council endorses and supports Tri-State's effort to construct a 230-kilovolt transmission to the San Luis Valley."
- Rio Grande County Board of County Commissioners
"It is timely and necessary to expand the capacity of power transmission for the San Luis Valley."
- Saguache County Government
"The proposed alliance with Xcel [and Tri-State] facilitates the export of future solar resources from the Valley and provides a more robust transmission infrastructure to meet future growth."
- San Luis Valley Development Resource Group
"We support your efforts to provide transmission capacity for renewable development and to boost economic/community for new commercial/industrial operations as well as our base of small businesses."
- San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center
"There is a risk to our patients if we loose generator power or if this corridor serving the entire Valley is disabled beyond our capabilities."
- San Luis Valley Resource Conservation & Development Council
"Beyond assuring reliability of service in the SLV, an additional 230-kilovolt line will allow for the development and export of new generation resources which we see as a growing industry for the Valley."
- The Town of Del Norte
"The line you are proposing to build to the East over La Veta Pass to Walsenburg would be a life saver in a time of emergency."
- Upper Rio Grande Economic Development Council
"The new transmission line is long overdue and without the increased capacity, the San Luis Valley will not have the adequate infrastructure available to attract new businesses and industries that would help improve the quality of life for our region."
Send your letters of support to:
Southern Colorado Transmission Improvements
Attn: Karli Nelson, Tri-State
1100 W. 116th Ave.
Westminster, CO 80234