Presentation today on opportunities, challenges to developing clean energy sources

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By Karen Goodwin
Special to The PREVIEW

Today, Aug. 31, Dan Harms, manager of rates, technology and energy policy for La Plata Electric Association (LPEA), will speak about the opportunities and challenges to developing clean energy sources in southwest Colorado.

Harms’ presentation is open to the public and will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association community building at 230 Port Ave., off Vista Boulevard. Refreshments will be provided. This event is sponsored by Southwest Organization for Sustainability and Pagosa 100%.

LPEA, which provides power to La Plata and Archuleta counties, is one of 43 rural electric cooperatives in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico that are under contract to purchase their electricity from the coal-powered Tri-State generating plant in Nebraska. The Tri-State plant is rated as one of the most polluting sources of power in the country.

Wind and solar are now the cheapest sources of new power generation. The U.S. and most of the world is rapidly moving away from fossil fuel-generated electricity and toward these and other clean energy sources.

Harms will lead an audience discussion about how we can help bring clean energy to southwest Colorado.