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2018 CREA ANNUAL MEETING

Celebrating Colorado’s electric co-ops as we look to a powerful future BY KENT SINGER CREA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KSINGER@COLORADOREA.ORG Representatives from each of Colorado’s 22 electric distribution co-ops and their power supply co-op, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, meet in Denver every year for the Colorado Rural Electric Association Annual Meeting. We hold this meeting during the legislative session so that our members can meet with their representatives in the Colorado General Assembly, and we surround those legislative meetings with lots of educational Kent Singer opportunities, speakers and updates on the activities of our trade association. This year’s February 10-13 annual meeting was a high-energy event featuring discussions about Colorado’s energy landscape and how electric co-ops fit into that picture. In fact, the theme of this year’s Annual Meeting was “Powering Colorado’s Future,” because there is no doubt that electric co-ops will be key players in providing reliable and affordable power across Colorado for many years to come. Of course, the electricity industry is evolving and we brought in a variety of speakers to talk about some of those changes. Experts from the Colorado School of Mines and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory provided an update on battery storage technology, and we also heard from the CEOs of the state’s two largest utilities, Tri-State and Xcel Energy, with respect to their plans for future power supply.

Lunch panel with Tri-State Generation and Transmission CEO Mike S. McInnes (middle), Xcel Energy CEO David L. Eves (right) and Kent Singer, moderator (left).

At this year’s meeting, I was amazed to hear about the variety of renewable energy, energy efficiency and other projects that are under way in co-op service territories. Projects included largescale solar arrays, battery storage, small hydropower, automated metering and more. Colorado’s electric co-ops are fully engaged and aware of the new developments in the electric industry, and they are deploying these new technologies and programs at a pace that makes sense for their specific co-op. Our meetings with state legislators also went well. Almost a quarter of all the legislators in the General Assembly attended our legislative reception, and our Co-op Day at the Capitol speakers included Sen. Don Coram (R), House Majority Leader 4

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K.C. Becker (D), Rep. Jeni Arndt (D), and Rep. Jim Wilson (R). We have been working hard on a bill to help provide broadband service to unserved parts of rural Colorado, and we appreciate the efforts of all the legislators who have supported that goal. One of our main messages to the legislators was that every co-op in Colorado is unique, and one-size-fits-all policies usually don’t work well for co-ops. Each year bills are introduced in the legislature that mandate our power supply choices, and we generally don’t support those bills because we believe our locally-elected boards understand our facilities and individual circumstances much better than the legislature. In addition to legislative discussions, we also heard a safety update from Phil Irwin, the CEO of Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange, along with our own Director of Safety and Loss Control Dale Kishbaugh. Although Dale has been on the job for less than a year, he has brought a new focus and energy to CREA’s safety programs that is much appreciated by our members. Dale and Phil talked about the encouraging trend of fewer accidents in the co-op family, but expressed concern that too many serious accidents are still occurring around the country. We’ll continue to do everything we can to help your coop line crews and office staff avoid on-the-job injuries. Being a director on the board of an electric co-op requires an understanding of a lot of complex issues, from power supply to accounting to legal matters. CREA provides training courses at the annual meeting that enable Colorado co-op directors to achieve various certification levels established by the national trade association, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. For the first time, 80 percent of Colorado’s electric co-op directors are now accredited as Credentialed Cooperative Directors, and many have also received their Director Leadership or Director Gold certification. By providing these courses in Colorado, CREA saves members a great deal of money on registration fees and travel expenses that they would incur if they had to travel out of state to take the training. While our annual meeting is mostly business, we also had a little fun. At our awards banquet, we were entertained by a musician and comedian by the name of Joe Stoddard. Joe is a tremendous guitar player and singer who, among other talents, does a unique impression of Bob Dylan (you’ll have to see his show to see what I mean). For me, the highlight of Joe’s show was when the co-op folks joined in on the chorus of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” Turns out I’m not the only “singer” in the group!

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I enjoyed reading the cover article on the Colorado Mounted Rangers (January ’18). My grandfather, Harry Jarrell, was a ranger for over 30 years, retiring several years ago as Harry Jarrell the oldest ranger in the organization’s history. He was 95 years old the last time he rode a horse. He was 101 when he passed away in May 2017. The rangers will always be special to our family. Kelsey Lancaster, Durango La Plata Electric member Great article. I’ve had a lot of positive feedback from various parts of the state. Lt. Col. William A. Tolbert, Colorado Mounted Rangers Really enjoyed the article on the Colorado Mounted Rangers. Always see the rangers around town, but never knew much about them, what they do, their history, etc. Great article. Paul Matlock, Pagosa Springs La Plata Electric member

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[community events] [March] March 9 Boulder “Pioneers: Women Artists of Colorado (1870-1970)” Presentation Chautauqua Community House 6:30 pm • chautauqua.com March 9-11 Nederland Frozen Dead Guy Days Various Nederland Locations 303-506-1048 frozendeadguydays.org March 9-11 San Luis Valley Monte Vista Crane Festival Various San Luis Valley Locations 719-852-2731 • mvcranefest.org March 9 Trinidad No-Cost Screening for Children 5 and Younger Las Animas County Health Department 1-5 pm • 719-845-0463 March 10 Morrison Local Set Concert Red Rocks Visitor Center 6:30 pm • redrocksonline.com March 10 Walsenburg No-Cost Screening for Children 5 and Younger Peakview Elementary School 10 am-2 pm • 719-845-0463 March 12 Pikes Peak New Roses for 2018 Presentation Fire Station #8 • 6-8:30 pm pikespeakrosesociety.org March 13-16 Fort Collins Geek Week: Gamers Save the World Fort Collins Museum of Discovery 970-221-6738 • fcmod.org March 14 Durango Soup for the Soul Fundraiser La Plata County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall 5:30-8 pm • 970-764-2800 March 15 Bayfield Membership Renewal Meeting Pine River Library Community Room 11 am-1 pm • jpm611@yahoo.com

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March 16 Denver Heart for the Arts Gala Augustana Lutheran Church 6-9:30 pm • augustanaarts.org March 16-17 Durango Spring Book Sale Durango Public Library 9:30 am-5 pm • shelly.oxhandler@ gmail.com March 16-18 Evergreen “Love/Sick” Theater Performance Evergreen Players Center Stage evergreenplayers.org March 17-18 Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Home Show Hotel Elegante Conference Center thespringshomeshow.com March 17 Durango “Shamrock Express” Train Ride Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad durangotrain.com March 17 Lakewood Flamenco Dance Master Class Lakewood Cultural Center 3 pm • 303-987-7845 March 18 Beulah Spring Equinox Saunter Mountain Park Environmental Center 1-3 pm • natureandraptor.org March 18 Montrose “Spring into Spring” Free Concert Montrose Pavilion 3 pm • montroseband.com March 23-April 1 Aspen and Snowmass Spring Jam Various Aspen/Snowmass Locations aspensnowmass.com March 23-25 Colorado Springs Disney on Ice Presents “Frozen” Pikes Peak Center pikespeakcenter.com March 25 Fort Collins Equinox Half Marathon and 4 Mile Race The Biergarten at Anheuser-Busch Brewery 9 am • equinoxhalfmarathon.com

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28100 Road 809, La Junta March 16-18 People from all over will bring their teams of horses and mules to farm together, share their knowledge and enjoy the fellowship of likeminded folks. Rows of equipment will be on hand for teams to take to the field, including discs, harrows, plows, grain drills and cultivators. Come with your horses or mules or simply enjoy the weekend taking photos and watching these amazing beasts in action. The event will go on, rain or shine. For more information, call 719-469-3030 or email lauradlee.77@gmail.com. March 28 Pagosa Springs Local Appreciation Days Wolf Creek Ski Area wolfcreekski.com

April 5-14 Fort Collins Act Human Rights Film Festival Various Fort Collins Locations actfilmfest.colostate.edu

March 31 Colorado Springs Chocolate Bunny Egg Hunt Bear Creek Nature Center Prepaid Registration Required 719-520-6972

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[April] April 1 Copper World’s Largest Easter Egg Hunt Copper Mountain coppercolorado.com April 3-8 Aspen Aspen Film Shortsfest Wheeler Opera House 970-925-6882 • aspenfilm.org April 3 Littleton Free Admission Day Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield botanicgardens.org

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Changing Landscape David Churchwell

K.C. Electric Staff David Churchwell

General Manager dchurchwell@kcelectric.coop

Bo Randolph

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I’m not sure which side of the fence you sit on

electricity can be delivered to the substation near Deer

regarding renewable technology, but it’s hard to ignore

Trail. One of these collector substations will be in K.C.’s

the changing landscape. If you have driven on Highway

certified service territory. Since this substation is in our

24 or 287 recently, it is evident that another wind farm

certified service territory, K.C. will sell electricity to

is being constructed on the plains of eastern Colorado.

Rush Creek II. K.C. will provide service to a maintenance

Construction of a 600-megawatt wind facility has been

facility and the collector substation. When the turbines

ongoing for the past several months, and K.C. Electric

aren’t generating electricity, K.C. will provide their

Association employees continually get questions about

electricity needs. Depending on weather conditions,

this project from our members, so I thought I would

wind farm energy usage can be substantial.

Office Manager and CFO brandolph@kcelectric.coop

spend some time answering some of the most asked

Paul Norris

The Rush Creek Wind Project includes Rush Creek I

questions.

This will be the third wind farm located in K.C.’s service territory. Kit Carson Windpower, the first wind farm in our service territory, began producing

Operations Manager pnorris@kcelectric.coop

located in Elbert County, and Rush Creek II located in

electricity in 2010 and is located near Burlington.

Lincoln, Kit Carson and Cheyenne counties. There will

This project generates 51 megawatts of electricity

George Ehlers

be 68 turbines located in Lincoln County, 31 turbines

and consists of 34 wind turbines, and the output is

located in Kit Carson County, 11 turbines located in

purchased by K.C.’s power supplier, Tri-State Generation

Cheyenne County and the rest in Elbert County. The

and Transmission. Next came the Carousel Wind Farm,

capacity of each turbine is 2 megawatts for a total of

which was developed in 2015. This is a 150-megawatt

300 turbines with a capacity of 600 megawatts. This

project and has 87 wind turbines. Carousel is also

project is estimated to be completed by October 2018.

located near Burlington and Tri-State G&T purchases

Member Services Specialist and IT Manager gehlers@kcelectric.coop

K.C. Electric will not be purchasing the output of any of these turbines. An 83-mile, 345,000-volt

the output. It seems the counties that K.C. serves are prime

transmission line is being constructed that will

areas for wind farms and possibly solar farms. With

transport all the electricity generated by these turbines

the production tax credits set to expire in 2020, I

to a substation near Deer Trail. The power will then be

would expect additional eastern Colorado wind farm

integrated into the bulk transmission system.

development in the near future.

Rush Creek I and Rush Creek II will each have a collector substation that will convert the output of all

If you have any questions about wind or solar development, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

of the individual wind turbines to 345,000 volts so the

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THE STORY OF WORLD WAR II BY CALEB BRENT, KIMEL’S GRANDSON AND K.C. EMPLOYEE

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It has been over 70 years since the outbreak of World War II. WWII is the biggest single catastrophe in world history. To say there was a lot at stake for America is a great understatement. The difference between an American victory and an American defeat would’ve been devastating to the world, and the world as we know it today would not exist. Without the willingness of good young American men like my grandpa, Kimel Brent, chances are you wouldn’t be sitting in America enjoying this magazine article in the English language. America would’ve most likely fallen into the hands of Japan and/or Germany if America didn’t have the means to win the war. Here is the story of a WWII veteran, an American hero: Kimel graduated from East High School in Denver in the spring of 1943. Just so we get this straight, that was 74 years ago. My grandpa turned 93 in February. After graduation in the spring, he decided to join the military like his two good friends, John Largent and Howard Heap. Kimel’s friends joined the Merchant Marine, but since he had rheumatic fever, the Merchant Marine would not accept him, so he joined the Navy instead. The Navy gave him until February 1, a day before his 19th birthday, to get his affairs in order. On his birthday, he boarded a train to an unknown destination. That destination was Farragut, Idaho. Farragut was not a comfortable place. From the train, they were loaded into a cattle trailer and taken to the barracks. The train arrived at Farragut at 3 in the morning, and the new recruits had to wake up at 5 a.m. for breakfast. It wasn’t steak and eggs, it was baked beans. Kimel contracted rheumatic fever again. His leg swelled and he could barely put any weight on it. For six weeks he was bedridden. Letters from family and friends made his time in the hospital bearable. Eventually he was sent to a different hospital in San Diego to continue his recuperation. After arriving in San Diego, Kimel was worried about getting a medical discharge, but it didn’t happen.

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In 1944, Kimel was transferred to the Navy construction battalion in Camp Parks, California. This is where he became a Navy Seabee. From California he was sent to Oahu, Hawaii, aboard the USS General Howze. I assume this was just a little better place than Farragut, Idaho. In Hawaii Kimel and his good friend, Wayne Andrews, received permission to fly with Navy pilots, since they both were curious about flying. At Pearl Harbor the Seabees trained for their mission, but they had no idea of their future destination. They left Pearl Harbor aboard the Boschfontein. In the words of my grandpa, “It was a filthy, ancient Dutch ship with wooden decks.” Nothing against the Dutch, it’s just the ship was hardly a vessel of war. The United States had to borrow it because of the shortage of ships. Aboard the Boschfontein seasickness set in with many of the sailors, mainly the GIs, not the Seabees. Kimel didn’t heave, but he missed a few meals because he was lethargic. The Boschfontein, along with a convoy of ships, was headed to Saipan when a Japanese submarine was spotted. The Dutch captain thought he could outrun the submarine. He was given permission to pull away from the convoy and head to the Truk Islands. Then they headed onto Saipan. I guess the old ship redeemed its looks by having good speed. At Saipan, some of the guys got into the ocean for

a swim. A little while later, sharks were spotted by men on the ship. Obviously, the good-time swim was over. Before leaving Saipan after a week, the anchor of the ship got stuck in some coral. The ship captain ordered the men to pull it up and down to jar it loose, but it wasn’t successful. A terrific roar came from the chain as it went off the spindle and down into the ocean to be lost for good. On April 5, 1945, the Boschfontein arrived at Iwo Jima. It would take four months for Kimel to determine where they were. He was proud he didn’t get seasick. I would be, too. When they arrived at Iwo Jima they climbed off the ship on cargo nets with their M-1 carbines and seabags. They went ashore on landing craft. Kimel remembers stories from a good friend, Maurice Manley, who arrived on Iwo Jima before Kimel. Maurice had to walk out into the water up to his waist to hook cables onto the trucks to pull them ashore with bulldozers. Maurice also told Kimel about being responsible for loading dead Japanese soldiers into trucks. Iwo Jima stunk like sulfur from the sulfur springs on the island. After a night, the men graduated to two-man tents, but the tents were too small. They had to sleep with their heads sticking out one end of the tent. My grandpa is a little over average height, so this must have been a supply-and-demand result of the war. Tragedy struck the camp while the men slept. During the night, the Japanese snuck into the camp and killed several American soldiers. They were killed with knives. After this, the men were instructed to sleep with their feet sticking out. Later, the men graduated to four-man tents. Kimel and his three tent buddies would hear P-51 Mustangs taking off. The men trained themselves to distinguish the sound of American planes and Japanese planes. The planes took off right over the tents, so they definitely didn’t have to worry about waking up on time. The Seabees first mission on Iwo Jima was to set up a water distillation plant to convert seawater into usable drinking and cleaning water. The next thing they coloradocountrylife.coop


NAVY SEABEE KIMEL BRENT built were landing strips for B-29s. These landing strips were used for B-29s returning from bombing raids in Japan. Iwo Jima was used for damaged planes that couldn’t make it back to Saipan. “After arriving on Iwo Jima, we were bombed three times,” Kimel said, “on May 21, June 5 and June 23.” There were no casualties in the bombings. However, Bobbie Rogers, an American solider, was among the first casualties on Iwo Jima. Bobbie was a Lincoln County resident who grew up close to Arriba. Kimel found out about his death in an article sent to him in a letter from his mother. He went to the cemetery to visit Bobbie's grave on the island. On June 30, 1945, Kimel was promoted to seaman first class. The pay was a little better. He would again get promoted, this time to machinist mate third class. His pay was raised to $78 per month. A typhoon hit in June of 1945, which damaged many buildings, so adjustments were made to prevent any future storms from causing damage. On Iwo Jima, Kimel’s duties included filling up tanks with ocean water at the shore. In the daylight he could see a D-6 crawler tractor sitting in the water about 6 feet deeper than the surface. He never heard what happened, but it was never recovered. Going to the shore was unsettling in the dark; there were still Japanese soldiers on the island hiding in the caves. Kimel had to keep an eye out while he filled the tank. He also remembers guard duty, which he dreaded. The Seabees ate a lot of Spam. It was relatively new at the time as a quick-toserve meat. Kimel remembers a chief petty officer named Foster. He was the chief cook. It seemed like every other day he cooked stew. Naturally, his nickname became “Stew” Foster. They also ate a lot of dried eggs and powdered milk. While on the island Kimel saw several B-29s and P-51s land. Some of these planes were damaged badly. One time, he recalls seeing a Northrop P-61 Black Widow heading southeast over the island. It was damaged and couldn’t land on the island. The pilot bailed out and the plane coloradocountrylife.coop

continued on, crashing into the ocean. One of the most interesting things about this interview with my grandpa had to do with a radio. When he was at Pearl Harbor, he bought a radio from a firstclass petty officer. He paid $35 for it. That was about half his monthly salary. Radios were a hot commodity. Kimel found a lot of pleasure from his radio after arriving at Iwo Jima. He could pick up shortwave from Tokyo Rose broadcast in English, telling the Americans to give up. On August 6, 1945, a B-29 dropped the first atomic bomb. It fell on Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, the second one was dropped on Nagasaki, which forced Japan to surrender. As horrific as the bombs were, if they weren’t dropped, this story may have never been written. Also, if there hadn’t been a Pearl Harbor bombing, there wouldn’t have been a Hiroshima or a Nagasaki bombing. Kimel believes that without the atomic bombs his unit would’ve been part of the invasion of Japan, and thousands more would’ve been killed. The government had 500,000 Purple Hearts reserved in preparation for the invasion of Japan. When the war ended in August 1945, Kimel and his good friend, Wayne Andrews, borrowed a motorcycle with a sidecar and toured the island. After the war was over, they weren’t very busy. Their work was done. On April 23, 1946, at 10:10, Kimel left Iwo Jima on a C-47 headed for Japan and then home. He looked down at the “ducks” (amphibious vehicles driven on both land and water) lined up on the beach. Kimel’s war-time experience was ending. After landing in Japan, he then went aboard the USS Oneida and sailed for the good old USA. The experience ended. Obviously, it meant a lot to my grandpa to be on his way home. He still remembers the exact time of day they left the island. When he flew into Denver from California, he enjoyed a special picnic with his family before returning to the family farm. Since 1950, Kimel and his wife, Wanda, have lived north of Arriba in Lincoln County and have farmed and raised

cattle. Now that he is semiretired, family members do most of the farming and manage the cattle business. He and Wanda have four boys, 16 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren. Family is extremely important to them. They have attended multiple events honoring WWII veterans and survivors. Some of my cousins, siblings and I were invited to attend some of these events with them. I am grateful for the opportunity to do so. Without an Allied victory in WWII, chances are I wouldn’t be here, and chances are you would not be here either. Your dad or granddad may have even been killed if Americans didn’t sacrifice everything and come together during WWII. My grandpa may have been taken as a prisoner of war, or even killed. We owe WWII veterans, at the least, a special thank you. They sacrificed greatly for our great, free country, and many even lost their lives. The American flag is still flying high because of older men like my grandpa. Veterans make America great, by the grace of God. If you would like to write a letter to my grandpa to thank him for his service, his mailing address is 43600 County Road 3N, Arriba, CO 80804. It would be time well spent. I encourage you to write or thank in person any veteran you know for sacrificing for our country. The freedom that we enjoy is upheld through the sacrifices of veterans and citizens during WWII. This Saturday I plan to write a handful of letters to veterans I know, and I’ll also keep an eye out for servicemen and veterans. If you are a veteran or know a veteran and want to tell your or their story, please email calebbrent@kcelectric.coop or mail your story and contact information to 281 Main St., Stratton, CO, 80836, Attn. Caleb Brent.

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ROBOTS AND SENSORS

INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES OFFER REAL-TIME FEEDBACK BY THOMAS KIRK

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Electric grids are immense machines that span counties, and often entire states, bringing power to many homes and businesses. So how do the electric companies know what’s happening on their lines? How much power is being delivered? What equipment needs to be replaced? These are important questions that electric cooperatives spend a lot of time and money to answer. For many years, electric co-ops relied entirely on in-person inspections to determine asset conditions and calls from members to discover power outages. During and after storms, this could mean lengthy recovery times as supervisors evaluated the available information and decided where to send line crews, who then searched for damaged lines in order to make repairs and restore electric service. Even normal operations required personnel to be sent into the field constantly to perform manual inspections. Today, electric co-ops may choose from a wide array of technologies that give them near real-time feedback on the health of the grid. Monitoring and automation technologies are becoming more affordable and gaining more functionality, leading to greater use in the field. Two of the most common technologies in this space are supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and automated meter infrastructure (AMI). SCADA systems have greatly evolved since their original development in the 1920s. Modern systems take advantage of communication, monitoring and automation technologies to give utilities a realtime picture of how substations are performing and make changes as needed. At the end of the line, AMI reports back to the utility how much energy consumers use, often on a 15-minute basis. Utilities can “ping” these meters to determine if they’re still receiving power during storms or other types of outages. Beyond AMI and SCADA, utilities are exploring a host of other sensor technologies for niche applications including fault location, power theft detection and asset management. These applications are enabled by a new wave of inexpensive sensors that cost one-tenth of what they did a decade ago. When a fault occurs on a transmission line (the large power lines that carry power from plants to substations), they create transient waves on the lines. By placing special sensors on transmission lines and measuring the time that a wave reaches two of these sensors, the location of a fault can be accurately and quickly determined. This lets the utility know exactly where to send repair crews. Across the whole U.S. electric industry, roughly $6 billion worth of electricity is stolen annually, which leads to higher prices for ev-

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eryone. Traditionally, one of the best tools for identifying power theft is visual inspection of meters for signs of tampering. With AMI systems, utility personnel aren’t visiting meters in person as often. Loadmonitoring sensors — often called current transformers, CTs or current sensors — can be placed on distribution power lines to help catch significant losses along a line, from theft or for other reasons. Data gathered by CTs can be reconciled with meter readings to investigate discrepancies between the electricity passed through the line and the electricity measured by the meters. CT devices are also valuable for diagnosing excessive line loss due to other problems, such as conductor damage or aging transformers. For members, these technologies provide three primary benefits: increased reliability, reduced outage times and lower prices as the utility manages employee time and resources more efficiently. As sensors continue to improve and drop in price, expect to see more real-time grid monitoring. Thomas Kirk is an associate analyst of distributed energy resources for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Business & Technology Strategies division.

Claim Your Savings Each month, members have a chance to claim a $10 credit on their next electric bill. All you must do is find your account number and call the Hugo office at 719-743-2431 and ask for your credit. The account numbers are listed below. How simple is that? You must claim your credit during the month in which your name appears in the magazine (check the date on the front cover). Dennis J. Renner, Cheyenne Wells — 1130530002 Craig Crisp, Flagler — 521355000 Sam Calhoon, Vona — 1114540009 Evelyn L. Williams, Bethune — 1159500001 In January, all four consumers called to claim their savings: Larry Romkee, Flagler; Conchita Sharon, Arriba; Renita Thelen, Hugo; Bobbie Brent, Flagler. Congratulations!

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Just for Teachers: Classes to Spark Learning About Electricity Schoolteachers interested in the electric industry have the opportunity to learn more about it this summer. Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, the power supplier to 18 of Colorado’s 22 electric coops, will bring together educators who teach grades 4-12 for a threeday learning session in June. The program is open to teachers who are electric cooperative members, teach at schools that are co-op members or teach students whose parents are co-op members in Tri-State’s service area. (Educators outside of electric co-op territory are welcome to apply, and funding will be sought on their behalf.) Those attending the conference in Westminster June 19-21 receive the most up-to-date information on all aspects of energy including the science of energy, sources of energy, transportation, consumption, electricity, efficiency, and environmental and economic impacts. Participants leave with the training and about $300 in materials to implement innovative hands-on energy units for their classrooms, multidisciplinary teams and after-school programs. Thanks to the support of Tri-State’s member cooperatives, there is no cost to educators in the Tri-State service area who participate. Most expenses, including lodging, meals, transportation and conference materials, are provided. The program is sponsored in cooperation with the National Energy Education Development Project, which works with

Find Electric Co-op Innovation in Your Inbox Interested in Colorado electric co-ops’ renewable energy projects? Need the dates for the Colorado Rural Electric Association’s Energy Innovations Summit? Want the latest on energy efficiency programs at the co-ops? Looking for new energy ideas and programs? Subscribe to the co-ops’ Innovations in Energy newsletter, emailed about 10 times a year to your inbox. Simply send your name and email address to energy.news@coloradorea.org and we’ll add you to the subscription list. Want to see what you missed already? Visit crea.coop and click on Industry News for stories on the industry, renewable resources, energy efficiency and co-op innovations. Stay current on what’s happening in Colorado’s electric co-ops through the emailed newsletter or the CREA website. 48

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the education community to promote an energy-conscious and educated society by helping deliver multisided energy education programs. This conference will show teachers how to integrate energy curriculum materials into classrooms at every grade level, for any group of students and for those with all learning styles. It will also focus on the successful achievement of state education goals in math and language. Attending teachers receive a full-color workbook with lesson plans, reproducible student activities, fascinating facts about electricity and student packets with pencils, stickers, safety checklists and energy efficiency checklists. Apply at www.regonline.com/needtristate2018 or contact Michelle Pastor at mpastor@tristategt.org for more information.

Electric Co-ops Applaud RUS Leader A Missouri electric cooperative general manager was appointed the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service administrator. Ken Johnson Colorado co-ops join co-ops across the country in applauding Ken Johnson’s new position. “Electric cooperatives have a storied history of working with RUS to power the rural American economy,” said National Rural Electric Cooperative Association CEO Jim Matheson. “The ongoing collaboration between RUS and electric co-ops remains essential to the success of rural communities across the nation as co-ops invest in infrastructure upgrades to modernize the grid and meet consumer expectations.” The USDA’s RUS administers government loans to electric co-ops for electric infrastructure to rural communities. RUS also administers programs for rural water and waste treatment and telecommunications services.

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Co-op Reps Gather to Learn, Network “Powering Colorado’s Future” was the theme for the 2018 annual meeting of the Colorado Rural Electric Association February 1013 in downtown Denver. The event opened with training classes for electric co-op board members and concluded with Co-op Day at the Capitol. In between there were updates on battery storage technologies, a look at what’s ahead for power suppliers, a look at the national economy with representatives of two co-op banks, a review of industry safety, discussions of legislative issues and the annual meetings for CREA and for Western United Electric Supply Corporation (the co-op materials supplier). More than 180 electric co-op directors, managers, staff members and employees attended the classes and meetings. They networked, interacted with speakers and went home with updated information and new resources to use as they work to keep the electricity flowing for their members throughout Colorado. Watch a video of the panel on battery storage on the CREA Facebook page (/ColoradoREA) under Videos.

Providing a battery storage update: (left to right) Jeff Wadsworth, president and CEO of Poudre Valley REA, moderator; Sam Jaffe, managing director, Cairn Energy Research Advisors; Wesley Cole, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and Robert Kee, professor, Colorado School of Mines.

What Happens When the Power Goes Out? While your utility does everything it can to reduce the possibility of outages to your home or business, they do occur, especially in March as the last vestiges of winter remind us that it is not gone. Its ice and snow can take down lines just as easily as vehicles sliding out of control on icy roads.

Whatever the reason, you can rest assured that your electric co-op is working as fast as it can to get your power restored quickly and safely. The number one focus of your co-op is public safety. This means crews will clear lines and equipment that could pose safety hazards to the public first. Next,

lineworkers will turn their attention to transmission line and substation equipment repairs that feed several parts of the system and must be operational to send electricity to the local distribution lines. Then, crews will focus on those distribution lines that can serve the most members, including tap lines that provide power to 20 to 30 homes or businesses. Finally, the crews will finish with the connections to individual members, working until every member has their electricity. During this process, co-ops will generally first make repairs to facilities that are critical to public health and safety — like hospitals, police and fire stations, water treatment plants and communication systems. How long it takes to get your power restored depends on the extent of the storm’s destruction, the number of outages and when it becomes safe for utility personnel to get to the damaged areas. Whether an outage is long or short, it pays to know what to do when the power goes out. You want to keep your family safe and weather the storm. For more information, visit SafeElectricity.org.

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POWERING AMERICA

The U.S. electric power industry creates American jobs and supports a healthy economy. BY PAUL WESSLUND If you want to work where the action is, how about a job as an electric lineworker, keeping the electricity flowing throughout your community? Or as a power use supervisor or member services representative, working with co-op members to find ways to reduce their electric bills by saving energy, utilizing renewable energy sources and making practical repairs around the home? “The electric power industry is one of the great American success stories and provides high-quality jobs that empower our nation’s economic growth. Behind every wall outlet or light switch, there is a dedicated workforce focused on powering the lives of millions of Americans who rely on electricity for nearly everything they do,” said Michael J. Bradley, president and founder of M.J. Bradley & Associates that recently conducted the study “Powering America: The Economic and Workforce Contributions of the U.S. Electric Power Industry.” The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association sponsored study along withindustry two othercreates national American utility groups The U.S.that electric power to show how electric utilities power the economy as a result of jobs and supports a healthy economy. lighting our homes and businesses.

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Source: Powering America: The Economic and Workforce Contributions of the U.S. Electric Power Industry, August 2017, M.J. Bradley & Associates LLC

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A HIGH INVESTMENT IN INFRASTRUCTURE “Powering America” cites the utility industry as the most capitalintensive economic sector, investing more than $100 million per year on the nation’s electricity infrastructure with advances in technology, environmental protections and other improvements. That’s in addition to money spent on regular operations and maintenance. All that adds up to supporting more than 7 million jobs. More than 2.6 million of those jobs result from direct employment, like utility employees and contractors. As all those people go to work and live their lives, they create another 4.4 million “induced jobs,” such as teachers, doctors, real estate agents and service workers. The report calculates the economic impact of the electric power industry at $880 billion, about 5 percent of the nation’s $18 trillion gross domestic product. The U.S. Department of Energy slices and dices those numbers a different way, shedding a little more light on wind turbine technicians and other renewable energy jobs. The DOE’s second annual “United States Energy and Employment Report” released in January views energy jobs more broadly than just electric utilities. It includes careers in energy efficiency, mining and transportation, and concluded, “Rebuilding our energy infrastructure and modernizing the grid, diversifying our energy mix and reducing our energy consumption in both our built environment and motor vehicles, America’s labor markets are being revitalized by our new energy and transportation technologies.” Wind power jobs may be growing rapidly, but the DOE report listed solar energy jobs as the largest share of people working on all types of electricity generation. Almost 374,000 people are working in solar power — 43 percent of the electricity generation workforce. Wind employs about 100,000 people. CO-OPS LOOK OUT FOR THE COMMUNITY Those renewable energy jobs are in addition to a raft of other careers in energy, from mining to energy efficiency, power plant coloradocountrylife.coop

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[ industry] operators and social media and cyber security specialists. Jobs at electric co-ops especially offer openings in cutting-edge careers, said Michelle Rostom, director of workforce development for NRECA. Lineworkers are always in high demand. Every year, Colorado’s electric cooperatives award scholarship opportunities to those looking into a career in linework. In 2017, a combined total of $384,000 in scholarships was awarded by several co-ops along with power suppliers Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, based in Westminster, and Basin Electric Power Cooperative, headquartered in Bismarck, North Dakota. “There are a lot of great opportunities at co-ops,” Rostom said, noting that electric co-ops expect to hire as many as 25,000 new employees in the next five years. “Electric co-ops are doing a lot of research on integrating solar power and wind with coal and other cutting-edge solutions. There are opportunities to be part of the next generation of the energy industry.” Part of the reason those jobs will be available is that the large baby boomer generation is retiring — Rostom said 6,000 co-op employees retired last year. Other parts of the energy industry went through that wave of retirements several years ago, but Rostom said it’s just catching up with electric co-ops. “People stay at the co-op for so long because they’re great jobs with interesting work, a chance to grow professionally in a lot of different areas and they have a strong connection with their local communities,” she said. Electric co-ops formally addressed that need to hire more talent when NRECA set its six strategic objectives, one of which

is to develop the “Next Generation Workforce.” In 2006, NRECA joined with other national groups to form the Center for Energy Workforce Development as a way of making sure jobs get filled with high-quality workers. NRECA sees military veterans as part of the solution and began the “Serve Our Co-ops; Serve Our Country” veterans hiring initiative, which is another part of Rostom’s job as coordinator. “Veterans have always been a core part of our co-op workforce and this program creates additional intent to hire more veterans,” she said. “Veterans are mission-oriented, disciplined and safetyfocused. They show strong leadership capabilities and they work well under pressure. “There are a lot of parallels between the military and cooperative principles, like teamwork, autonomy, independence and community,” Rostom said. Colorado’s electric cooperatives succeed because of those same standards and are always looking for ways to ensure their communities thrive as well. Paul Wesslund writes on cooperative issues for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. For more information about lineman training and career opportunities at Colorado’s electric cooperatives, visit crea. coop/what-we-do/employment-opportunities/.

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SEASONAL SALUTE - 2ND PLACE Together We Stand Submitted by Coleen Graybill Buena Vista, Sangre de Cristo Electric

Colorado Through a Photographer’s Lens By Mona Neeley, Editor

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Electric co-op members across the state captured amazing photos of Colorado for this year’s annual magazine photo contest. We received 849 entries in the four categories: Classic Colorado, Cute Critters, Seasonal Salute and Water Wonders. Entries included iconic mountain scenes; endless vistas from the eastern plains; owls, moose, elk and other Colorado critters; golden aspen, snowy pine trees, spring flowers, waterfalls, mountain streams, roiling rivers and so much more. Photographers in all four corners of the state captured Colorado in all its beauty, including San Isabel Electric member Debie Foster of Trinidad,

who placed first in the Classic Colorado category with the photo below that captures our state flag’s classic “C” in a Colorado sunset. Check out the first, second and third place winners in each of the four categories printed here. Then check our website at www.coloradocountrylife. coop to see these photos and the runners-up. You’ll also find a video of the winners and runners-up on YouTube at /COCountryLife1. Enjoy more of the stunning entries all year on our Facebook (/COCountryLife) and Instagram pages (@COCountryLife).

SEASONAL SALUTE - 1ST PLACE Summer taken in Dove Creek, CO Submitted by Rachelle Watkins Dove Creek, Empire Electric

CLASSIC COLORADO - 1ST PLACE Classic Colorado Sunset Submitted by Debie Foster Trinidad, San Isabel Electric

SEASONAL SALUTE - 3RD PLACE Autumn Fishing on the Arkansas River Submitted by Shane Morrison Colorado Springs, Mountain View Electric 16

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WATER WONDERS - 3RD PLACE Colorado River on the Fly Submitted by Molly K. Johnson Granby, Mountain Parks Electric

CUTE CRITTERS - 1ST PLACE In a Golden Pond Submitted by Rod Martinez Grand Junction, Grand Valley Power

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[feature] WATER WONDERS- 1ST PLACE Dock Extending into the Lake Submitted by Errin Walker Cortez, Empire Electric

CLASSIC COLORADO - 3RD PLACE Winter Herding Submitted by Donnell Allen Colorado Springs, Mountain View Electric

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GET MORE ONLINE CUTE CRITTERS - 2ND PLACE A New Arrival Submitted by Bethany Bracht Colorado Springs, Mountain View Electric

CLASSIC COLORADO - 2ND PLACE Outside of Ridgway Submitted by Alana Thrower Elbert, Mountain View Electric

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CUTE CRITTERS - 3RD PLACE Donavon Janele Husband Craig, Yampa Valley Electric

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Potato-Crusted Ham Quiche 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 1⁄4 cups diced white or yellow onion (about 1 mediumsize onion) 8 ounces white mushrooms, sliced 1 teaspoon salt 5 ounces baby spinach 1⁄2 cup diced cooked ham 2 medium-size russet potatoes (about 1 pound total) 1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 6 large eggs 1⁄2 cup milk 1⁄2 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 cup shredded mild cheese (such as fontina, Gruyère or Swiss) Preheat the oven to 450 degrees with one rack in the middle. Add 2 teaspoons oil to the skillet and heat over medium heat until the oil is hot, about 2 minutes. Add the onion, mushrooms and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are softened and the mushrooms are cooked through, about 10 minutes. Add the spinach in two batches, cooking and stirring each time until the spinach wilts, about 30 seconds. The spinach will barely fit in the skillet at first, but will cook down quickly when stirred. Remove the skillet from the heat. Drain off as much liquid as possible and scrape the vegetables into a large bowl. Add the ham and set aside. Wipe the skillet clean. Use a paper towel to rub 1 teaspoon oil into the skillet. Using the coarse side of a box grater or a food processor, shred the potatoes. (You should have about 3 1/2 cups.) Squeeze the shreds in a clean kitchen towel until they’re as dry as you can manage. (The potato might discolor the towel. Remove the discoloration by immediately rinsing the towel under cold running water.)

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when placing plants. Typically we put large plants in the back of the bed or against the building, but this is not a hard and fast rule. For example, scale and placement may be different in an island garden where larger plants can be placed in the center. Or, you may have an unsightly view that you need to block with some large and dense vegetation. Repetition of color is important because it creates cohesion and provides a dramatic impact, but you may want to use more than one color so as to avoid monotony. You may also want to include plants with varying leaf patterns to provide additional interest. Although the internet is full of landscaping ideas, I always prefer to wander the neighborhood to see how similar houses are landscaped. Not only do I get good design ideas, but I can also see what plants grow well in the area. Since I take my cell phone with me when going on daily walks, I take pictures of yards and plants that are particularly attractive. At first I worried that people might not like me photographing their houses, but I found it’s a great conversation starter. In addition to meeting new neighbors, it opens the door for sharing plants when we need to thin our gardens. When beginning a landscaping project, take your time and be patient and flexible. Don’t rush into a project until you get to know both your climate and your yard. Building structures aside, if some garden areas do not turn out as expected, you can always transplant when the season is right. Gardener Vicki Spencer has an eclectic background in conservation, water, natural resources and more.

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tions and allowing the use of electronic calls. It’s been in effect every year since, seemingly with little result. I think our hunt took place in the spring of 2001, but, like I said, it was longer ago than I care to remember. What I do remember is seeing the most phenomenal collection of waterfowl in southeastern Colorado that I ever saw in my life. There were snow geese by the hundreds of thousands as Colwell and Sheldon promised, but there were also massive flocks of migrating mallards, pintails, blue- and green-winged teal, widgeons, gadwalls and mergansers. There were also goldeneyes and buffleheads, greater and lesser scaup and canvasbacks. There were endless skeins of lesser and greater snow geese, Canada geese, Ross’s geese, white-fronted geese and more, all wheeling, whirling, cackling, quacking, honking and squawking as they descended on the grain fields from every direction. I remember being stunned by the enormity of it all. I also recall retiring to an old, stuccocoated motel on the outskirts of Eads at day’s end with a truckload of geese to clean. I remember what it was like trying to sleep in a tiny room with four guys and three dogs after they just devoured a cooler full of bologna and onion sandwiches, bags of spicy tortilla chips, cheap takeout pizza and warm beer. Actually, I’d like to forget that part. Dennis is a freelance outdoors writer and photographer whose work appears nationally. He lives in Loveland.

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110 W. Park Avenue, Kremmling Open Wednesday through Monday, 10 am-4 pm, during the winter; 9 am-5 pm during the summer. The Gore Range Artisans Group Gallery is an art cooperative in Kremmling and sits in a charming structure that was once a historic motel. Founded five years ago, the gallery is home to a wide range of artworks created by local talents including paintings, jewelry, fused glass, sculptures, photography, pottery and more. The gallery member-owners support arts in the community, offering classes in the gallery and at the senior center, providing art experiences for children at the community library, sponsoring art activities, and supporting the visual and performing arts at the local schools. To celebrate its fifth anniversary, the gallery will host various events this spring. For more information, call 970-724-4197 or visit gorerangeartisans.com.

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IT STAYS GREEN IN SPITE OF HEAT AND DROUGHT “The hotter it gets, the better it grows!” Plug-in Zoysia thrives in blistering heat, yet it won’t winter-kill to 30° below zero. It just goes off its green color after killing frosts, and begins regaining its green color as temperatures in the spring are consistently warm.

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NO NEED TO DIG UP OLD GRASS Plant Amazoy your way in an old lawn or new ground. Set plugs into holes in the soil checkerboard style. Plugs spread to create a lush, thick lawn, driving out weeds and unwanted growth. Easy instructions included with every order.

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ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY No weeding means no costly chemicals. Since Amazoy Zoysia lawns naturally resist insects, you’ll save money, while helping to protect the environment. You’ll never have to expose your family and pets to the risk of weed killers and pesticide poisons. FOR SLOPES, PLAY AREAS, BARE SPOTS AND PARTIAL SHADE You can’t beat Amazoy Zoysia as the low-cost answer for hard-to-cover spots, play-worn areas, places that have partial shade and erosion on slopes.

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Meyer Zoysia Grass was perfected by the U.S. Gov’t, released in cooperation with the U.S. Golf Association as a superior grass.

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Freestyle Plugs You decide how big to cut the plugs. Each grass

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CHOKES OUT CRABGRASS AND WEEDS ALL SUMMER

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NOW 3 WAYS TO START YOUR AMAZOY ZOYSIA LAWN!

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1) Freestyle plugs come in uncut sheets containing a maximum of 150 - 1” plugs that can be planted up to 1 ft. apart. Freestyle plugs allow you to make each plug bigger and plant further apart – less cutting and planting – you decide. 2) New Super Plugs come precut into individual 3”x3” plugs ready-to-plant (minimum 1 per 4 sq. ft.). They arrive in easy to handle trays of 15 Super Plugs. Save more time and get your new lawn even faster! 3) Amazoy Approved Seed-As The Zoysia Specialists for 60+ years, we finally have a Zoysia seed available that meets our standards and homeowners expectations. Learn why at zoysiafarms.com/mag or by phone at 410-756-2311.

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1000 FREESTYLE PLUGS – Dept. 5116

Plugs only shipped to Continental USA & not to WA or OR.

Super Plugs Precut plugs 3 inches by 3 inches. READY TO PLANT Packed in trays of 15 Super Plugs. Plant minimum 1 plug per 4 sq. ft.

sheet can produce up to 150-1 in. plugs. Plant minimum 1 plug per sq. ft. Free Plugs

Grass Sheets*

Your PRICE

+ Shipping

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Super Plugs

Free Plugs

Trays

1

$15.95

$8.50

15

1

$24.95

$8.50

500

100

4

$50.00

$15.00

15

5

$90.00

$20.00

750

6

$66.00

$19.00

95

25

8

$110.00

$30.00

1100

400

10

$95.00

$30.00

120

30

10

$125.00

$35.00

2000

1000

20

$165.00

$45.00

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60

150

180

45

15

$180.00

$50.00

Max Plugs* 150

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO START AND MAINTAIN A CAREFREE BEAUTIFUL ZOYSIA LAWN

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All Available Exclusively at www.ZoysiaFarms.com/mag or 410-756-2311 ZOYSIA FARM NURSERIES, 3617 OLD TANEYTOWN ROAD TANEYTOWN MD 21787

AMAZOY IS THE TRADEMARK REGISTERED U.S. PATENT OFFICE for our Meyer Zoysia grass.

We ship all orders the same day the plugs are packed and at the earliest planting time in your state.

Colorado Country Life March 2018 KC  

Colorado Country Life March 2018 KC

Colorado Country Life March 2018 KC  

Colorado Country Life March 2018 KC