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Twin cities power to join Garkane Energy cooperative
The residents of Twin Cities (Colorado City, AZ and Hildale, UT) recently became the newest member/owners of Garkane Energy Cooperative. The purchase of the Twin-Cities Power System was completed June 30, 2009.
"Garkane Energy already serves the area adjacent to Twin Cities (Centennial Park, and Canebeds,)," said Carl Albrecht, Garkane General Manager. "We’ve also entered into a partnership with South Central Communications to share a small business office in Hildale.”
Garkane has, on average, about 4.5 customers per mile of power line. Adding the concentrated customer base of Twin-Cities will provide for greater economies of scale. The acquisition will bring approximately 1,100 new accounts. Albrecht also explained Garkane crews are already familiar with the system, having served it previously in the early 90s.
Twin-Cities Power customers will become member/owners of Garkane Energy cooperative with all the benefits of co-op membership. Consumers will see rate decreases from present rates.
Transfer of ownership took place July 1, 2009.
Twin Cities are located southwest of Kanab near the center of Utah''s scenic southwest and is located on the north portion of the Arizona border, approximately, 35 miles east of St. George, Utah.
This acquisition is the second municipal power system purchased by Garkane. Kanab City’s power system was acquired in 2004.
Garkane Energy will now serve more than 12,600 consumer/members in a wide service area that covers five national parks, several state parks, two national monuments, and several national forests.