San Miguel Power Association leaves CREA

I never thought it was going to become a movement!

Delta-Montrose was first.
Who’s next? Holy Cross, maybe?

Press release follows

Kevin Ritter, General Manager
San Miguel Power Association, Inc.
(970) 626-0210 office


San Miguel Power to Leave Statewide Association

The San Miguel Power Association, Inc (SMPA) Board of Directors voted to withdraw from the Colorado
Rural Electric Association (CREA) at their regular meeting February 18, 2010. SMPA’s decision to leave the statewide association is due in part to rising membership dues and philosophical differences.

As a progressive rural electric cooperative, SMPA has been responding to the values of its member-owners. These values include greater use of energy efficiency and conservation measures, cost reductions, development of a smart grid, and greater use of non-traditional energy sources.

SMPA expresses sincere appreciation for the past work CREA has accomplished on behalf of all Colorado electric cooperatives. However, in order to assure that the values of SMPA’s members are reflected in our legislative lobbying efforts, SMPA finds it necessary to end participation in CREA’s legislative division.

San Miguel Power Association, Inc. is a member owned, locally controlled rural electric cooperative with offices in Nucla and Ridgway, CO. It is the mission of San Miguel Power Association, Inc. to demonstrate corporate responsibility and community service while providing safe, reliable, cost effective and environmentally responsible electrical service. SMPA serves approximately 9,600 members and 13,000 meters and supports local communities with $200,000 annually in property taxes.


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