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644455F4B19AFC8A87258A1A00567582 Hearing Summary


Date Aug 29, 2023      
Location LSB A

Colorado Rural Electric Association - Committee Discussion Only

09:44:24 AM  
Tim Coleman, Director of Government Relations, Colorado Rural Electric Association (CREA), introduced CREA and gave an overview of what their organization does. He discussed how electric cooperatives are able to help wildfire mitigation efforts, as well as some of the barriers that electric cooperatives face in their mitigation efforts.
09:48:25 AM  
Virginia Harmon,
General Manager, Mountain Parks Electric, introduced her electric cooperative
and the areas it covers. She discussed the problems wildfires have caused
in her region and the methods Mountain Park Electric is employing to mitigate
wildfire risks. She explained that electric companies need permission to
manage vegetation in their area to better mitigate wildfires.

09:54:21 AM  
Ms. Harmon responded
to questions from the committee on Mountain Park Electric's efforts to
underground power lines and the challanges that property rights-of-ways
pose to managing vegetation.
10:02:00 AM  
Director Coleman
discussed some of the issues with burying power lines and getting permission
to manage vegetation on federal land.
10:04:47 AM  
John Hansen, Transmission
Maintenance Technical Support Manager, Tri-State Generation and Transmission,
gave a presentation on his organization and the importance of vegetation
in wildfire mitigation practices. He discussed federal regulations on transmission
lines that are aimed at wildfire prevention and how Tri-State Generation
and Transmission is expanding their wildfire mitigation efforts.

Their presentation can be found here:
10:15:38 AM  
Mr. Hansen and Director
Coleman responded to questions from the committee on the wildfire risks
for mobile home parks and what is being done in other states to prevent
10:20:58 AM  
Holly Woodings, Mountain
Area Manager, United Power, gave a presentation on the fire mitigation
efforts that United Power is utilizing in mountain areas, including using
covered conductors and current limiting fuses.

Their presentation can be found here:
10:31:45 AM  
Ms. Woodings responded to questions from the committee on the use of mountain cameras to monitor wildfire prone areas and areas where new cameras are being placed.

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