Bennet Statement on Tri-State Announcement of Plans to Accelerate Closure of Two Locations in Colorado

Washington, D.C. – Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet released the statement below following an announcement from Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association that the utility plans to close operations at the Craig Station plant in Craig and at the Colowyo Mine in Northwest Colorado by 2030: 

“My thoughts are with those who live in the communities in and around Moffat County and across Northwest Colorado. Ensuring the future livelihoods of those affected by this announcement has to be a top priority as this transition plan moves forward. 

“Tri-State must work closely with Craig, Moffat County, and Northwest Colorado to develop new economic opportunities on the Western Slope and to support anyone displaced by this transition – not just while this announcement is in the headlines but in the years to come. Northwest Colorado is extraordinarily resilient and has exceptional leadership. My office stands ready to do everything we can to provide support and assistance throughout this process.”