From U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy:
America's cooperative electric utilities provide #electricity to an estimated 42 million people in 47 states, including 18.5 million businesses, homes and other establishments. They're also a leading source of renewable #energy, since they control a total of almost 5.3 gigawatts of renewable wind, #solar and waste-heat energy. The Energy Department and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) today recognized two #Colorado-based cooperatives -- San Isabel Electric Association and Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association -- as the 2014 WINDExchange Wind Cooperatives of the Year. Tri-State has more than 140 megawatts of wind energy capacity currently online for its members. San Isabel generates 5% of its electricity from wind power. Its Huerfano River Wind Farm project, pictured above, is located near the Colorado/New Mexico border and is the largest community-owned, distributed wind facility in the region. Learn more about how these energy providers are advancing wind energy in the Rocky Mountain region and setting an example for other utilities nationwide: http://go.usa.gov/3cHpj.
Photo courtesy San Isabel Electric Association.