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Steam rises from two stacks May 4, 2017, at Basin Electric's Laramie River Station power plant outside Wheatland. Tri-State Generation and Transmission Inc., which serves the plant, has voted to be regulated by the federal government.

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado-based power provider serving four states has voted for the federal government to regulate it.

The Denver Post reported Wednesday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will oversee the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association and set its electric rates.

Tri-State says the move will give it more flexibility than being regulated by four states where it serves electric cooperatives: Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and Nebraska.

Colorado lawmakers say they asked for a delay in the decision last week because they wanted more time to determine the implications of the change.

A new law requires Colorado regulators to approve Tri-State's plans for where it gets its power, whether from coal or renewable sources.

State agencies say their ability to regulate planning, emissions and environmental issues will not change.

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