Cornerstone - Spring 2016 - (Page 10)
VO IC E S
Recognizing the U.S.
By Barbara Walz
Sr. Vice President,
Policy & Compliance and Chief Compliance Officer,
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.
iving in the rural U.S. is different than living in urban areas.
Without a doubt, rural life has its advantages: no traffic,
close to recreation, knowing your neighbors, etc. But living
in rural areas is also challenging: driving for hours to get to the
nearest shopping mall or doctor; limited employment options;
and, for power providers, consistently delivering affordable
and reliable electricity. Rural power providers are specifically
challenged by low customer density, the need to install more
miles of transmission, and diverse load profiles. These hurdles
have largely been overcome by the rural electric cooperatives
that supply electricity to rural areas in the U.S., but today the
nation's rural cooperatives are facing a major challenge: how
to address new regulations on carbon emissions.
The U.S. rural electric cooperative system was born when
President Roosevelt created the Rural Electrification Administration (REA) in 1935 to bring electricity to rural communities.
Through REA lending programs, communities were able to join
together, create a cooperative, and build the necessary electric
transmission and distribution lines and generation resources.
"Despite significant investments
in renewable energy and energy
efficiency programs, Tri-State
remains reliant on fossil fuelbased generation to meet demand,
maintain reliability, and control
costs to our members."
The program was, and continues to be, a huge success. Within
four years of the end of World War II, the number of rural electric systems in operation doubled, the number of consumers
connected to electricity more than tripled, and the miles of
energized transmission lines grew more than fivefold. In the
Tri-State relies on coal-fired power plants, such as the Craig Station, to generate its baseload electricity.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Cornerstone - Spring 2016
From the Editor: Valuing Technology Transfer
to Support the Paris Agreement
CoverStory: Fueling Increased Electricity Production in the Emerging Economies of Asia
Recognizing the U.S. Cooperative Difference
Calling All Technology Developers: XPRIZE’s US$20-Million Competition for Breakthroughs in CO2 Conversion
The Paris Agreement and 21st Century Coal
A Utility Overview of the U.S. EPA Clean Power Plan
The Importance of System Utilization and Dispatchable Low-Emissions Electricity for Deep Decarbonization
Coal’s Role in ASEAN Energy
What’s Driving India’s Coal Demand Growth
Polygeneration as a Means to Reduce Energy Poverty in Pakistan
The Future of Gasification
Application of Circulating Fluidized Bed Combustion With Low-Rank Asian Coals
Oceanic Storage of CO2 by Japan and Taiwan
Cornerstone - Spring 2016