Speaker: Boughey to discuss electricity and the economy

Lee Boughey

WHEN: 2:30 p.m.

WHAT: “Valuing Electricity — Affordability,  Technology and Economy”

WHO: Lee Boughey — Senior Manager, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.   

Lee Boughey is Sr. Manager of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association.  Lee joined Tri-State following nearly six years service as stakeholder partnerships manager and external relations manager for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo.  Lee previously worked on legislative and regulatory affairs in the technology industry, served in the Colorado Governor’s economic development office, and began his career in economic development for several Colorado municipalities.  At Tri-State, Lee directs a staff of professionals responsible for the cooperative’s corporate and resource development communications and public affairs strategies. 

He has a strong interest in the intersection of energy costs, technology and economic development, serves in several leadership positions with local, regional and national energy, technology and economic development organizations, holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Colorado and a graduate degree in environmental policy from the University of Denver.

About Tri-State

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association is a wholesale electric power supplier owned by the 44 electric cooperatives that it serves. Tri-State generates and transmits electricity to its member systems throughout a 200,000 square-mile service territory across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming.  On the western slope, there are 11 co-ops, eight of which are members of Tri-State.  Tri-State has 18 Colorado members.

Serving approximately 1.5 million consumers, Tri-State was founded in 1952 by its member systems to provide a reliable, cost-based supply of electricity. Headquartered in Westminster, Colo., nearly 1,200 people are employed by Tri-State throughout its four-state service area.

Tri-State’s power is generated through a combination of owned baseload and peaking power plants that use coal and natural gas as their primary fuels, supplemented by purchased power, federal hydroelectricity allocations and renewable resource technologies.

Blackouts may do more to make people appreciate the value and convenience of electricity than all public relations strategies combined.

Lee Boughey’s talk during the Energy Forum & Expo will serve to remind people why they shouldn’t take affordable electricity for granted.

“We need to really think about the importance of electricity in our lives ... whether it’s our lives at home or at work or the economy in general,” he said.

“The talk will focus on what electricity means to us and what it’s meant to our country; where we’ve grown, where we are today and a view of the future.”

“Whether in the policy development process or in people’s everyday lives, we’ve forgotten how important electricity is,” Boughey said. “So for this discussion, we’re going to talk about that — what it costs and what the concerns are with rising electricity rates and what we can do to manage the future to keep power affordable.”

“There’s a tremendous amount of pressure on the affordability of electricity; in particular regulation and legislation that can drive up costs. One example is potential regulations on carbon emissions. How do you address that issue while keeping power affordable? We believe technology is the solution and we’re looking at multiple technologies as options.”

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