December 30, 2010--Power pushes the envelope of water resources (Pueblo Chieftain)

It takes a lot of water to make juice. Electricity in this case. As the state’s population has increased, so have electric demands. Since most of the state’s electricity is supplied by coal-fired power plants, a lot of water is required to run steam turbines and cool equipment. While most would be alarmed to see pipelines carrying large amounts of water out of the valley, high-voltage transmission lines are a part of the landscape. But as one Prowers County commissioner pointed out recently, selling electricity outside the valley isn’t much different than marketing crops produced by valley water if the profits stay close to home. The purchase of half of one of the valley’s largest irrigation systems, the Amity Canal, by Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association shines a new light on how water and electricity are connected.

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