In past elections, LPEA members have elected a strong board majority in favor of seeking cheaper, cleaner energy – for our wallets, and for our ecosystem.
The board has kept its promise to carefully study options – including determining the cost of exiting our current disastrous contract with Tri-State.
Disastrous? Well, our contract buys us high-priced, high-carbon electricity, with unlimited rate hikes until 2050. And Tri-State was ranked third most carbon-emitting per unit of energy, of the top 100 domestic utilities. Currently, when you flip a switch, you’re burning coal.
A recent LPEA news release stated that last November, after attempts to negotiate with Tri-State, “LPEA filed a formal complaint with the PUC because Tri-State failed to provide an exit charge to help (LPEA) evaluate its future.” Jessica Matlock, LPEA’s CEO, said, “Our current contract ties us to Tri-State’s generation portfolio, and caps the amount of cheap, clean power we can generate locally to just 5% of our total energy demand ... This denies us a massive opportunity to create jobs, boost the local economy ... and become more resilient in case of future emergencies.”
Re-elect Rachel Landis and Guinn Unger, and add Doug Fults to the board!