In 2023, the Colorado legislature passed a bill with the goal of ensuring the reliability and transparency of the state’s energy supply by mandating utilities to report their generation capacity. This legislation addresses growing concerns about energy security and aims to keep utilities accountable for their ability to meet customer demand.

The new law requires utilities to provide detailed reports on their capacity to generate sufficient energy to meet current and future needs. This includes outlining their current infrastructure, planned expansions, and any potential shortfalls. By doing so, the legislation seeks to prevent energy shortages and promote long-term planning in the state’s energy sector.

The reporting requirements are designed to offer a clear picture of the state’s energy landscape. Utilities must detail their sources of energy, including renewables like wind and solar, as well as traditional sources such as natural gas and coal.

One of the key motivations behind this bill is to enhance transparency. By making this information publicly accessible, the legislature aims to empower consumers and stakeholders with knowledge about where their energy comes from and how secure their supply is.

To comply with the requirements of HB23-1039 San Isabel Electric has designated Tri-State as responsible for the co-op’s resource adequacy reporting to the PUC,

On April 1, 2024 Tri-State submitted its Annual RA Report to the Colorado PUC, pursuant to C.R.S. § 40-43-104(1)(a). Click here to read the report . Page 3 of Tri-State’s report indicates: “Tri-State’s report covers its Members as load-serving entities (LSEs), for the portion of their loads served by Tri-State, pursuant to C.R.S. § 40-43-104(2).”

Tri-State’s 2024 Resource Adequacy Annual Report is also available on Tri-State’s website, pursuant to the requirement at C.R.S. § 40-43-104(3). Click here to read the report