The Policies of La Plata Electric Association and Tri State Generation & Transmission: Hindering Solar Energy Production

Michael II, Stanley Cordell (2013) The Policies of La Plata Electric Association and Tri State Generation & Transmission: Hindering Solar Energy Production. [Abstract]

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Abstract

The policies of the La Plata Electric Association and the Tri State Generation & Transmission Association limit the production of solar electricity within La Plata County, Colorado. As federal interventions have proven unproductive, intensified regional and state initiatives must be adopted to increase solar energy production. Colorado’s Renewable Portfolio Standards demand incremental percentage increases of green energy distribution. LPEA’s cooperative equity funds have been increasing while National Rural Electric Cooperative Association statutes have been ignored leading to a surplus of dormant funds available for solar projects and “education of cooperation.” A shallow state compliance curve in Amendment 37, Tri State’s low allowance of green energy production at LPEA’s level, and the failure of LPEA to educate its members of cooperative business have stymied solar energy production and perpetuated environmental degradation.

Item Type: Abstract
Created by Student or Faculty: Student
Additional Information: 8th Annual Natural & Behavioral Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium Program
Uncontrolled Keywords: La Plata Electric Association,Tri State Generation & Transmission Association, La Plata County, Colorado, Colorado’s Renewable Portfolio Standards, Amendment 37, solar energy, renewable energy, environmental degradation, environmental policy, environmental conditions
Subjects: School of Business Administration > Economics
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Environmental Studies
School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences > Geosciences
NBS Symposium
Depositing User: Alejandro Marquez
Date Deposited: 08 May 2013 09:58
Last Modified: 08 May 2013 09:58
URI: http://eprints.fortlewis.edu/id/eprint/255


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