United Power is an electric distributor, meaning that we purchase electricity from a supplier and bring it to our members. We purchase our electricity from Tri-State Generation & Transmission. Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association, owned by its members, is the wholesale supplier of electricity to United Power and 43 other customer-owned member companies in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and Nebraska.
Like most major power suppliers, Tri-State focuses on both the present and future power requirements of its members that ultimately deliver the power to end-use consumers. The association has added new energy resources to its generation mix in the past few years and more are being planned or currently under construction. Read more about Tri-State’s renewable energy portfolio here.
Tri-State’s portfolio of electric energy is derived from coal, natural gas and oil-fired and combustion turbine generation facilities located throughout its four-state member service territory. The G&T owns and operates plants in Colorado and New Mexico, and it receives a share of power from plants in Arizona, New Mexico and Wyoming. Tri-State also purchases federal hydropower from the Western Area Power Administration, and energy from other renewable energy sources such as wind power, small hydropower and biomass.
How Power Gets to You
As soon as electricity is generated, it is delivered to your home or business through a transmission and distribution process.
- Transmission involves routing extremely high voltage electricity from a power plant or generating source onto a network of high-voltage transmission lines.
- Transmission lines then carry electricity over long distances to a distribution substation where the voltage is lowered.
- Once the electricity is at a lower voltage, the electricity is transferred onto United Power’s network of distribution lines to be delivered to your home.