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For Immediate Release
Contact: Bob Kjelland bob.kjelland@rmfu.org
Phone: 970-397-0039

RMFU Pushes Tri-State on High Electricity Rates & Lack of Flexibility

Denver, CO – Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) is asking Tri-State Generation and Transmission (Tri-State) to address its high cost electrical rates by exploring other options including gathering input from farmers and ranchers who are member-owners of local rural electric cooperatives.

“Farmers and ranchers work within razor thin margins to make ends meet. We have to think strategically to reduce our cost-of-production, be flexible in how we invest inputs and constantly react to the demands of our customers – we think our energy providers should do the same,” said RMFU President Dale McCall.

The RMFU board of directors recently passed a resolution which calls on Tri-State to address these issues in its upcoming electric resource plan, which will be filed with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

Tri-State’s electricity costs have continued to increase in recent years despite dramatic declines in the cost of new renewable sources of electric generation through advanced technology and shifting market conditions. At the same time, farmers and ranchers make up a good portion of Tri-State’s customer base and spend on average 7% of their budget on energy costs. RMFU urges Tri-State to make some important changes in how it produces and provides electricity across its territory and save its customers money and drive much needed economic growth in rural areas.

“There are cheaper energy resources that exist today and Tri-State needs to take advantage of the new market. We hope Tri-State will take this resolution by RMFU seriously and help Colorado’s farmers and ranchers sustainably grow the nation’s food supply.”

In the resolution, RMFU also indicates that other energy providers are adjusting to energy market changes and technologies. The resolution specifically cites Xcel Energy’s recently announced plan to provide 80% carbon free electricity by 2030, which the company believes can be achieved affordably with renewable energy and other technologies. The resolution also calls for Delta Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) and Tri-State to work out a fair exit charge that does not impact the other Tri-State members, and which allows DMEA to pursue more cost-effective, local renewable generation.

The RMFU resolution clearly states that we are ready and willing to partner with Tri-State to create proactive reform that will address their high energy rates and provide sustainable electric service to our members,” said McCall. “We look forward to their response.

2014 Farm Bill Trainings this December around CO

Colorado producers will be able to learn the details of two key programs in the 2014 Farm Bill at a series of meetings to be held by the Colorado Farm Service Agency and sponsored by Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Farmers Union Service Association, county Farmers Union chapters, and local agents.   Farmers will be able to make a choice between Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). This will be a one-time decision that will affect them through the length of the Farm Bill. Both programs are intended... Read More

RMFU Convention featured Justice Hobbs and the history of water in the West

  The cooperative use of water for the common good helped build communities in the west long before the American Revolution, Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs explained to delegates, members and guests attending Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s annual convention. For 19 states and the Republic of Mexico, western water comes from Colorado. Of Colorado’s 158 rivers, all but two have their headwaters in the state. The only two that do not – the Green and the Cimarron ­– barley pass through Colorado at opposite corners of the state. Colorado... Read More

Farm Bill meetings will explain ARC & PLC selections

Colorado producers will be able to learn the details of two key programs in the 2014 Farm Bill at a series of meetings to be held by the Colorado Farm Service Agency and sponsored by Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Farmers Union Service Association, county Farmers Union chapters, and local agents. Farmers will be able to make a choice between Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). This will be a one-time decision that will affect them through the length of the Farm Bill. Both programs are intended to... Read More

Farm Bill meetings will explain ARC & PLC selections

Colorado producers will be able to learn the details of two key programs in the 2014 Farm Bill at a series of meetings to be held by the Colorado Farm Service Agency and sponsored by Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Farmers Union Service Association, county Farmers Union chapters, and local agents. Tuesday, November 18 Sterling, 8-11 a.m. at the Northeastern Junior College, Hay Student Center Ballroom Burlington, 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the Community Center, 340 S. 14th St. Wednesday, November, 19 Lamar, 8:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Community College Auditorium,... Read More

You are invited to show up, stand up, and speak out

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Colorado Farmer, R.E.M. Song Featured in Waters of the U.S. Video

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Re:Vision Refined

A simple name change from Re:Vision International to Re:Vision reflects the commitment of cofounders Eric Kornacki and Joseph Teipel to cultivate a thriving community from the ground up. They are enthusiastically encouraging residents of this urban neighborhood southwest of downtown Denver to create their own economic opportunities by using their own hands. Today, Re:Vision (revision.coop/) is focusing on building a community food system, empowering residents to discover and develop their own leadership abilities, and creating community-owned cooperatives. “The co-op model really is the way of imparting community ownership and sustainability,”... Read More

Farmers Union Votes to Withdraw from Beef Checkoff Working Group

 National Farmers Union board of directors voted to withdraw from the beef checkoff working group, effective immediately. NFU President Roger Johnson released the following statement: “After three years of pushing for real reforms in the beef check-off program, NFU has decided that the process has become a bridge to nowhere and a waste of time and resources. The working group was designed to bring together vested parties from across the beef industry and to attempt to reach a consensus on substantial reforms that would make the check-off a stronger, more... Read More