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Local elected officials agree that the transmission project proposed by Tri-State and Xcel Energy is needed to provide their communities with reliable electric service and the opportunity for economic vitality through renewable energy development.
City of Alamosa
"Having a redundant transmission line into the San Luis Valley would be valuable in many respects ... essential for economic development."
Chaffee Board of County Commissioners
"The Southern Transmission Route would provide significant benefit to the businesses and residents of Chaffee County by protecting the economy of southern Chaffee County against catastrophic power outages and would provide more reliable power."
Huerfano Board of County Commissioners - March 2010
"The foundation of this support is twofold. First is the need for reliable power to the San Luis Valley. Second is the potential for wind and solar development in Huerfano County. Economic development in both the San Luis Valley and Huerfano County are dependent on additional transmission capacity."
Huerfano Board of County Commissioners - June 2010
"Huerfano County sincerely supports this project and requests the PUC move forward without delay."
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."
Southern District of Colorado Counties
"We ask the multiple organizations and collaborations involved in Colorado's renewable energy generation to continue to work with local governments to find solutions to expedite connection of valuable Colorado renewable resources to the Western electric grid."
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."
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