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City broadband nears completion

As middle-mile broadband installation in the City of Delta nears completion, the Delta City Council has finalized a number of service agreements/fiber exchanges with Region 10, DMEA and Elevate Fiber.

According to Glen Black, community development director, equipment installation and testing of fiber to the carrier neutral location should be finished by the end of the month.

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Safety, property rights challenges Hotchkiss council

An issue of public safety versus private property rights was briefly discussed at the last town council meeting in Hotchkiss, after a resident complained that the street light located on the north end of 2nd Street near the railroad tracks is too bright and is a disturbance.

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DMEA's annual meeting to be held in Hotchkiss next Thursday
DMEA's annual meeting to be held in Hotchkiss next Thursday

Delta-Montrose Elec-tric Association's (DMEA) annual meeting of members will be held Thursday, June 15, at Hotchkiss High School, 438 Bulldog Street. The fun kicks off at 4:30 p.m., with bucket truck rides, kids' games, educational booths, and Elevate Fiber demonstrations.

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DMEA wins communications award for Elevate campaign
DMEA wins communications award for Elevate campaign

Delta-Montrose Electric Association is the 2017 recipient of the Edgar F. Chesnutt Award for Best Total Communication Program, the highest honor in the Spotlight on Excellence Awards program. DMEA serves 27,000 members in Montrose, Delta and Gunnison counties.

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DMEA board election called off

Three Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) members completed the necessary steps to be declared official candidates for the co-op's 2017 election. Each candidate is running unopposed in his respective district.

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Wind knocks out power lines

Approximately 1,158 Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) members experienced an early evening power outage Monday, May 15, when high winds snapped power poles along Highway 92. Three poles near the intersection of Highway 92 and 1800 Road broke, bringing down the power line serving the area.

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High speed internet is becoming a reality

High speed internet has long been a top priority for Delta County Economic Development, which has partnered with the Economic Development Administration, Region 10, DMEA, Delta County and municipalities to bring what is widely recognized as an "essential service" to western Colorado.

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Cedaredge okays non-compete accord with DMEA

The Cedaredge Town Board agreed at its March 16 meeting to what is essentially a non-compete agreement with DMEA (Elevate).

A memorandum of understanding that was provided by DMEA and approved by the town board last week bars future town-owned broadband infrastructure from being used for selling access or signal provided by DMEA, except through established networks.

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DMEA, Elevate Fiber host Morning Buzz in Delta County

Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) is bringing the Morning Buzz to Delta County. The co-op is hosting three of its popular morning coffee events during the months of March and April.

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DMEA board OKs rate increase

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, the DMEA board of directors approved a rate increase to take effect Jan. 1, 2017. No changes were made from the original proposal.

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DMEA proposes 2017 rate increase

In January 2017, Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) is set to receive a 4.3 percent increase in wholesale power costs from Tri-State Generation and Transmission. This increase, coupled with the need to accurately recover the cooperative's fixed costs, has resulted in the need to increase electric rates in the new year.

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DMEA to check lines on Grand Mesa

Beginning this week, Delta Montrose Electric Association will be inspecting power poles on the Grand Mesa. DMEA is contracting with SBS Inspections to conduct the work.

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Damage to TDS line leaves many residents, businesses unconnected
Damage to TDS line leaves many residents, businesses unconnected

A failure to properly locate and mark a utility line where drilling was planned resulted in a 12-hour outage of phone and internet services for TDS and other customers throughout much of Delta County and the North Fork area last Wednesday. The outage, which lasted from approximately 9:10 a.m. to 10 p.m., left many without vital means of communication.

Throughout the day businesses were unable to process credit and debit card payments, prescriptions went unfilled, and some area banks were forced to close.

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DMEA toasts success with Elevate IPA from Revolution Brewing in Paonia

Raise your glass in a toast to Elevate Fiber, powered by DMEA, at the annual Montrose Oktoberfest. Elevate, in partnership with Revolution Brewing of Paonia, will tap its Elevate IPA -- a special batch black IPA -- at the event on Oct. 1. Elevate Fiber representatives will be on hand to help pour samples of the new beer and answer questions.

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Phone scam hits DMEA area

Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) members in the Hotchkiss area have recently reported receiving scam phone calls from individuals posing as DMEA employees. The scammers are using more sophisticated technology to ensure DMEA's 1-877-687-3236 number appears on caller IDs and are providing fake names, employee ID numbers and supervisor names.

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Court affirms Delta's right to compete with DMEA

The Colorado Court of Appeals has upheld a district court decision, affirming the City of Delta's right to provide electrical services in territory previously served by Delta-Montrose Electric Association.

The issue arose in September 2012, when Maverik contacted DMEA about plans to build a convenience store at the corner of Highway 50 and Highway 92.

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More grants eyed for Region 10 internet

The Region 10 broadband project is looking to the state for more grant money to extend fiber optic cable to "anchor institutions" within local communities. The Region 10 plan has received grant commitments from the state and federal governments, and also cash support from the cities of Delta and Montrose and Delta County.

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Tri-State appeals FERC ruling on renewables

The dispute between DMEA and its wholesale power supplier entered a new phase last week with the filing of an appeal before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Washington, D.C.

In that appeal, Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association asked FERC to reconsider a June 2016 order striking down a Tri-State penalty imposed when DMEA buys from renewable resources.

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Orchard City won't host meeting to promote DMEA plan

The Orchard City trustees at their regular monthly meeting on July 13 declined an offer to host a community event promoting DMEA's broadband business project. However, explained Mayor Ken Volgamore, there is no problem if private individuals want to rent the community room and stage a promotion on their own.

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FERC ruling opens the field for renewables

In a unanimous decision issued June 16, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Washington, D.C., struck down a fee imposed by Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association (Tri-State) on wholesale electric customers -- such as DMEA -- who purchase energy from renewable resources like wind, solar, hydro or geothermal power.

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DMEA election results

Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) announced the results of the 2016 board of directors election at the annual meeting of members June 16. A total of 5,026 votes were cast.

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DMEA to introduce Elevate Fiber at annual meeting in Montrose June 16

At its annual meeting of members on June 16, Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) will introduce Elevate Fiber and demonstrate the fastest Internet service on the market. Elevate Fiber, powered by DMEA, is the co-op's new fiber broadband company that was recently established to bring fast, reliable, and quality Internet service to members in Montrose and Delta counties.

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Olen Lund announces candidacy for second term on DMEA board

All through his first term as Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) director Olen Lund has used his experience, knowledge and contacts to further develop hydro, micro-hydro, coal bed methane, solar and other local natural resources for local electricity generation within our service area.

Olen and his wife, Debbie have been married for 29 years and have three children who graduated from Paonia High School (as did Olen in 1978).

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Six candidates vie for three seats on the DMEA board

Six candidates will compete for a seat on Delta-Montrose Electric Association's (DMEA) nine-member board this spring. The District 3, District 4, and the South Region positions are up for election. The official candidates are as follows:

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DMEA chief unveils broadband details

Speaking to a gathering of elected officials and senior staff at the Municipal Quarterly meeting in Paonia last Friday, Jasen Bronec, Delta-Montrose Electric Association CEO, unveiled details of DMEA's broadband plan including rates the co-op will charge.

DMEA is becoming a new entrant in the local Internet service provider marketplace which, by one recent count, already has 12 to 15 private sector companies competing for home and business customers.

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DMEA hosts coffee meeting in Cedaredge

Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) is inviting members to its newest member outreach program, the Morning Buzz. In an effort to be accessible to its members and provide a convenient way for members to ask questions, the co-op will hold morning coffee meetings at local coffee shops throughout the service territory.

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Broadband competition could benefit consumers

Not long ago, Delta County was said to be broadband deficient. Now, there are two broadband "middle mile" systems in planning or construction and consumers look to benefit as other Internet options become available.

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Progress continues on DMEA's fiber-to-the premises business

In March, Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) announced Phase I of its fiber-to-the-premises broadband business. Paonia, Orchard City and South Montrose were identified as the zones to be targeted first. Specific details about the exact locations these areas will include are not yet available.

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DMEA petitions now available

Self-nomination petitions for the 2016 Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) board of directors election are now available to the public.

Each year, DMEA members are responsible for voting for three representatives to serve on the co-op's board of directors.

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Harding announces candidacy for District 3 DMEA board seat

A fifth-generation Paonia resident has announced his intent to run for the board of Delta-Montrose Electric Association for District 3. Brad Harding is the father of two young children, the husband of a Cedaredge native, the son, grandson and great-grandson of coal miners and fruit growers, and the president of the only locally owned bank in Delta County.

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Orchard City backs DMEA in hydropower scuffle

The Orchard City Town Board has agreed to lend the town's support for development of local renewable hydroelectric power generation.

Following a presentation to the trustees during their meeting on March 9, the town staff will draft a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission opposing a proposal by Tri-State Generation and Transmission.

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DMEA announces Phase I of fiber-to-the-premises project

Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) will kick off its much anticipated fiber-to-the-premise business this month. The first three areas set to receive quality high-speed Internet services through DMEA are south Montrose, Paonia and Orchard City.

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Three openings on DMEA board

Each year, three of DMEA's nine board positions are put to voters. DMEA board positions in Districts 3 and 4, and in the south region are up for election this year.

District #3 is comprised of the North Fork Valley and a Highway 92 corridor extending south into Montrose County.

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DMEA moves forward with broadband

DMEA, one of the two major players on the broadband field, provided an update to the Board of County Commissioners on Monday.

DMEA SmartGrid coordinator Mark Kurtz and chief operations manager Steve Metheney reported on DMEA's progress building its own consumer broadband Internet service provider (ISP) network and business plan.

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DMEA seeks help against Tri-State rate move

DMEA has initiated a campaign, asking its members to join the opposition to a proposal by Tri-State Generation and Transmission.

But those who want to help DMEA must do so soon: the deadline is March 11.

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Join DMEA for Morning Buzz

Delta-Montrose Electric Association invites members to The Morning Buzz, an outreach program that allows members to ask questions and offer suggestions.

"Cooperatives, like DMEA, are established to serve their members, and it's important to listen to those members," said DMEA CEO Jasen Bronec, who, along with other co-op representatives will be on hand to answer questions and listen to suggestions.

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Tri-State targets DMEA renewables

Tri-State Generation and Transmission has filed a legal action that would restrict DMEA's ability to buy affordable electricity purchased from local renewable energy sources, according to an advisory from DMEA.

Virginia Harmon, manager of member relations and human relations for DMEA, reports that Tri-State is asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) "to approve a rate penalty on utilities like DMEA when they purchase electricity from local renewable generation projects."

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DMEA seeks nominees to fill charitable trust vacancies

Delta-Montrose Electric Association's (DMEA) Operation Round Up Charitable Trust is seeking to fill two upcoming vacancies for the District #3 and North Region trustee positions. Trustees serve three-year terms and are limited to a total of four terms.

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Wind sparks four-hour  power outage in Cedaredge
Wind sparks four-hour power outage in Cedaredge

The lights went out in Cedaredge and areas surrounding the town on Thursday, Feb. 18, from a power outage that lasted almost four hours -- from 7:36 to 11:10 p.m. according to a spokesperson with DMEA.

Police, fire, and ambulance crews responded to the site on West Main Street at about 12th Avenue where they found a fire burning atop a DMEA power pole.

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DMEA selected for community solar demonstration project

The Colorado Energy Office and GRID Alternatives announce five community solar projects designed to demonstrate the viability of community solar models that serve low-income households. Delta-Montrose Electric Association, Gunnison County Electric Association, Holy Cross Energy, San Miguel Power Association and Yampa Valley Electric Association have volunteered to build low-income projects totaling 579 kW.

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DMEA scholarship deadline is Jan. 29

Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) is now accepting applications for its 2016 academic scholarship program. Applicants must be dependents of a DMEA member and planning to enroll in or be enrolled full time in an accredited college, university or vocational school. Applications are available online through the DMEA website.

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DMEA to begin broadband pilot

Delta-Montrose Electric Association's board of directors has voted unanimously to proceed with a fiber-to-the-premise (FTTP) business in order to bring reliable broadband Internet service to the citizens and businesses in Montrose and Delta counties. The DMEA board approved a phased deployment, which will begin with an initial pilot phase.

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City acquires 80 DMEA customers

The City of Delta is in the final stages of acquiring about 80 Delta-Montrose Electric Association customers on Garnet Mesa. The affected service territory lies between 5th and 7th streets, and adjoins DMEA territory previously acquired by the city.

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DMEA retires capital credits this month

Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) members will receive approximately $2 million in capital credit retirement checks this month. The DMEA board approved a $2.6 million capital credit retirement during its October meeting.

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Weather causes power outages

Scattered outages began affecting members of Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) as winter weather rolled through the co-op's service territory late Monday night and early Tuesday morning. The weather system dumped heavy, wet snow onto trees, many of which had not yet lost their leaves, snapping tree limbs which fell into DMEA's power lines.

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DMEA offers scholarships

Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) is now accepting applications for its 2016 academic scholarship program. Applicants must be dependents of a DMEA member and planning to enroll in or be enrolled full time in an accredited college, university or vocational school.

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Farm improvements yield rebate
Farm improvements yield rebate

Delta-Montrose Electric Association recently issued its first ever variable speed drive rebate.

Randy Meaker of Montrose installed a 50-horsepower variable speed drive pump on his irrigation system, which resulted in a $2,350 rebate from DMEA.

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Delta-Montrose Electric Ass'n. website redesigned

Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) is launching a redesigned website this month. The new site focuses on user experience.

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DMEA members get $10 to attend energy forums

DMEA is offering $10 to its members for attending local forums designed to help them reduce their energy use.

DMEA will host two of the member forums next month.

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DMEA board differs on Internet plan

The directors of Delta-Montrose Electric Association are trying to work through differences about whether or how to move forward with a third study of a fiber optic network project often referred to as "broadband."

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DMEA fiber estimate pegged at $94 million

A consultant's estimate for building out DMEA's proposed "last mile" Internet broadband business model is $94 million.

The figure was confirmed last week by DMEA staff in an email reply to the DCI.

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DMEA seeks town's support for ISP proposal

Delta Montrose Electric Association is asking local governments in Delta County for assistance in making plans for a possible decision to enter the "last mile" Internet service provider business.

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Orchard City will not ask 'opt-out' question in November

The Orchard City Town Board has hit the brakes and taken a "slow down, wait and see" approach to the coordinated push to place a broadband "opt-out" measure on local November ballots.

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Hotchkiss council weighs DMEA broadband resolution
Hotchkiss council weighs DMEA broadband resolution

Trish Thibodo, director of Delta County Economic Development, came before the Hotchkiss Town Council on Aug. 13 to give a presentation on efforts to bring broadband Internet access to Delta County. DCED is working with Region 10, which was recently awarded a $5.2 million grant to build middle-mile infrastructure to provide that access to the county.

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Funds help with late utility bills

Energy Outreach Colorado has committed $100,000 to Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) to help members with past due balances make the transition from a traditional account to the co-op's new prepay program, My Choice.

Energy Outreach Colorado is an independent non-profit raising money to help provide home energy assistance to low-income Coloradans, according to a posting on the Internet.

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DMEA invited to D.C. meeting

Delta-Montrose Electric Association CEO Jasen Bronec met with White House officials in Washington, D.C., last week to discuss recent progress and potential collaboration on efficiency and renewable energy development. DMEA was one of 30 cooperatives invited to attend the meeting with officials from the White House Rural Council and the USDA's Rural Utilities Service.

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Ruling supports local power generation

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on June 18 ruled in favor of DMEA in a dispute with Tri-State Generation. The ruling says DMEA is obligated to purchase electricity from a proposed local hydroelectric project at rates that DMEA may negotiate with the hydropower project's owners.

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