Affiliated Organizations

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Affiliated Organizations


Tri-State has benefited by joining or forming organizations that have a specific mission or service that enhances the G&T's operations. Some of these alliances and their purposes are listed below.



Basin Electric Power Cooperative is a regional generation and transmission cooperative headquartered in Bismarck, N.D. Basin Electric is owned by 11 cooperative members (including Tri-State) that together serve 135 rural electric systems in nine western and midwestern states.


Colorado River Energy Distributors Association is a nonprofit organization representing consumer-owned electric systems that purchase federal hydropower and resources of the Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP). CREDA was established in 1978, and serves as the “voice” for its members in dealing with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (as the generating agency of the CRSP) and Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) (as the marketing agency of the CRSP). CREDA members are all nonprofit organizations, serving over 4 million electric consumers in the six western states of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.


Colorado Rural Electric Association is a service organization headquartered in Denver, Colo., founded in 1945 to represent Colorado’s electric cooperatives in areas of legislation, loss control and education.


Missouri Basin Power Project is a group of six regional, consumer-owned energy organizations that built and receives power allocations from the Laramie River Station in Wheatland, Wyo.


National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is a national service organization based in Arlington, Va., founded in 1942 to compile and disseminate rural electric information and to represent the national interests of cooperative electric utilities.


Nebraska Rural Electric Association is the private nonprofit trade association headquartered in Lincoln, Neb., representing 35 rural electric systems that provide electric service to consumers in most of the rural areas and many of the small towns in Nebraska.


New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association represents New Mexico’s electric cooperatives and their local consumers. Also a cooperative, NMRECA is directed by representatives of the state’s electric co-ops.


Rocky Mountain Electrical League is an educational and networking association for the electrical energy industry. It provides workshops and conferences in areas of interest to electric energy companies.


Touchstone Energy Cooperatives is a national alliance of over 700 cooperatively owned utilities committed to serving commercial, industrial and residential customers with integrity, accountability, innovation, community involvement and high standards of service.


Western Area Power Administration markets and delivers 10,479 megawatts of hydroelectric power within a 15-state region of the central and western U.S. It is one of four power marketing administrations within the U.S. Department of Energy whose role is to market and transmit electricity from multi-use water projects.


Western Fuels Association, Inc is a 23-member cooperative that manages a fleet of 1,600 rail cars and supplies 17 million tons of coal per year for the generation of electricity by consumer-owned utilities.


Western Electricity Coordinating Council was formed in 2002 by the merger of Western Systems Coordinating Council (WSCC), Southwest Regional Transmission Association (SWRTA) and Western Regional Transmission Association (WRTA). WECC continues to be responsible for coordinating and promoting electric system reliability. It also supports efficient competitive power markets, assures open and non-discriminatory transmission access among members, provides a forum for resolving transmission access disputes and provides an environment for coordinating the operating and planning activities of its members.


Wyoming Rural Electric Association is a service organization headquartered in Cheyenne, Wyo., dedicated to representing Wyoming’s electric cooperatives in areas of legislation, loss control and education.


Updated: January 24, 2013




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