Co-ops Raise Money for Wildfire Relief

Colorado’s electric cooperatives collected over $116,000 for a Wildfire Relief Fund to help co-op employees and local first responders who lost their homes in this year’s wildfires. Funds will also go to relief organizations helping people and businesses in wildfire areas rebuild.

Colorado Rural Electric Association, the trade association for Colorado’s electric co-ops, and co-op power supplier Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association each donated $50,000 to the fund overseen by the Colorado Electric Educational Institute, CREA’s philanthropic nonprofit organization. The remainder of the funds were donated by Colorado Country Life readers, electric co-ops and co-op employees.

The CEEI Board of Directors met in late January to review the applications for the funds and determine how to distribute those funds.