July 3, 2012--Tapping Bridal Veil Falls (Telluride Daily Planet)

The San Miguel Power Association recently took a big step in keeping energy local and renewable. In May, SMPA began purchasing all the energy produced by the Bridal Veil Falls Hydro Plant — between roughly 1,500 and 2,000 megawatt hours a year. The contract is for 25 years. “We are really happy to solidify that one for San Miguel,” said Brad Zaporski, manager of energy services and marketing for SMPA. “It’s kind of been a goal of ours to bring home a lot of the local, renewable projects in the area for our membership.” Zaporski said SMPA had been working for about a year and a half to wrestle the contract away from Xcel Energy, which had previously been purchasing the power. Xcel provides power to the Denver metro area, as well as Texas, New Mexico and North and South Dakota, among other states.

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