LPEA – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 10 Oct 2019 19:02:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 Students invited to apply for trip to Washington, D.C. http://www.pagosasun.com/students-invited-to-apply-for-trip-to-washington-d-c/ Tue, 15 Oct 2019 11:00:58 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=179619 By Lonnie Tucker
Special to The SUN
La Plata Electric Association Inc. (LPEA), in partnership with the Colorado Rural Electric Association (CREA), seeks high school juniors to participate as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) 2020 National Youth Tour Conference in Washington, D.C., set for June 17-25, 2020.
“As someone who worked for a U.S. senator in Congress, this is an excellent opportunity for high-school juniors to experience the nation’s capital,” said LPEA CEO Jessica Matlock. “Annually, LPEA and our statewide cooperatives select and sponsor high school juniors for this all-expenses paid experience. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.”
The youth tour allows students to experience the nation’s capital and learn more about how they can make a difference as young adults. Students will learn about the cooperative business model and values, visit historic monuments and memorials, pay their respects at Arlington National Cemetery, tour a variety of Smithsonian museums and meet elected officials, all while building a peer network with young leaders from across the country.
LPEA will sponsor five local students to join the Colorado Youth Tour delegation during the weeklong tour in Washington, D.C. More than 1,900 students from 45 states are expected to participate in 2020, and Colorado’s electric cooperatives will send a delegation of about 45 students.
“If you’re a high school student who wants to grow as a leader, the youth tour is the perfect opportunity to build your skills, gain new experiences and form valuable relationships with others,” said LPEA Communications Coordinator Lonnie Tucker. “Youth tour has something to offer to everyone and can help prepare you for future success on any path you pursue after high school.”
To be considered, students must complete a 2020 Youth Tour application and submit it to LPEA, along with a 500- to 1,000-word composition addressing the topic “My Favorite Cooperative Principle.”
Applications are available on the LPEA website, www.lpea.coop. The deadline is Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. For additional information, contact Lonnie Tucker at 382-3511 or ltucker@lpea.coop.

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LPEA warns members of phone scam http://www.pagosasun.com/lpea-warns-members-of-phone-scam/ Mon, 09 Sep 2019 11:00:03 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=176853 By Lonnie Tucker
Special to The SUN
La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) is warning its commercial and residential members to not be misled by impersonators claiming their electricity will be disconnected for nonpayment.
The current scam claims Xcel Energy will disconnect power for lack of payment.
“They are back again and now they appear to be confusing LPEA members claiming to be from Xcel Energy,” said Ron Meier, LPEA manager of engineering and member services. “LPEA has no affiliation with Xcel, which is a separate electric company serving various regions. But we understand that threatening our members with electricity disconnection in any way is unsettling.”
Meier noted that LPEA does not make phone calls threatening to immediately disconnect anyone’s electricity for lack of payment, nor demand members get a prepaid credit card to provide funds over the phone. Members should never give personal credit card information over the phone. When an account is past due, LPEA customers receive a series of written notices and are provided adequate time to settle their electric utility bills before any disconnect would take place.
If receiving a questionable phone call, or text message on cellphones, demanding immediate payment, LPEA members are asked to record a call-back number from the presumed scammer, then call LPEA directly to see if an issue truly exists with their account. If a call/text is blatantly fraudulent, LPEA members are advised to call local authorities.
LPEA’s customer service representatives can be reached during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, at 247-5786 for clarification of any billing questions. LPEA members can also review the status of their account at any time online at www.lpea.coop, and click on the SmartHub icon.

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LPEA phone scamming stepping up once again http://www.pagosasun.com/lpea-phone-scamming-stepping-up-once-again/ Tue, 20 Aug 2019 11:00:03 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=175456 Scam effort threatens electricity disconnect for nonpayment

By Indiana Reed
Special to The SUN
La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) is once again cautioning its members to not be fooled by impersonators who claim that their electricity will be disconnected for nonpayment. The current scam claims Xcel Energy (which serves the Denver area) will disconnect power for lack of payment.
“As always, there’s a new twist, and now they appear to be confusing LPEA members claiming to be from Xcel Energy,” said Ron Meier, LPEA manager of engineering and member services. “LPEA has no affiliation with Xcel, which is a completely separate distribution company serving a variety of regions — but not southwest Colorado. But we understand that threatening our members with electricity disconnection in any way is unsettling.”
Meier noted that LPEA does not make phone calls threatening to immediately disconnect anyone’s electricity for lack of payment, nor demand that members get a prepaid credit card to provide funds over the phone and members should never give a personal credit card number over the phone. When an account is past due, LPEA customers receive a series of written notices and are given adequate time to settle their bills before any disconnect would take place.
If receiving a questionable phone call, or text message on cellphones, demanding immediate payment, LPEA members are asked to record a call-back number from the presumed scammer, then call LPEA directly to see if an issue truly exists with their account. If a call/text is blatantly fraudulent, LPEA members are advised to call local authorities.
LPEA’s customer service representatives can be reached during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, at 247-5786 for clarification of any billing questions. LPEA members can also review the status of their account at any time online at www.lpea.coop, and click on the SmartHub icon.

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LPEA files motion to intervene in Tri-State request http://www.pagosasun.com/lpea-files-motion-to-intervene-in-tri-state-request/ Thu, 15 Aug 2019 10:59:09 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=175344 Attorneys representing La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) have filed a motion to intervene to be involved in a Tri-State Generation and Transmission request to become regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

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LPEA announces Round Up grants for July http://www.pagosasun.com/lpea-announces-round-up-grants-for-july/ Thu, 25 Jul 2019 21:00:15 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=173757 By Indiana Reed
Special to The SUN
The La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) Round Up Foundation has announced the grants to nonprofit organizations awarded in July. Funding is generated when LPEA members opt to “round-up” their electric bills to the next highest dollar, plus additional contributions are welcomed as well through the Round Up Plus.

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LPEA discusses buyout of power supply contract http://www.pagosasun.com/lpea-discusses-buyout-of-power-supply-contract/ Thu, 11 Jul 2019 10:59:04 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=172649 The future of energy and a potential buyout from its existing power-supply contract with Tri-State Generation and Transmission, were points of discussion during La Plata Electric Association’s (LPEA) Future of Power Supply Information Series meeting in Pagosa Springs on July 1.

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Renewable Generation Funds Grants available to nonprofits http://www.pagosasun.com/renewable-generation-funds-grants-available-to-nonprofits-2/ Wed, 03 Jul 2019 21:00:18 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=172195 By Indiana Reed
Special to The SUN
In its continued effort to support area nonprofit organizations and encourage new renewable electricity generation projects in its service territory, La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) will reprise its Renewable Generation Funds Grants Program established in 2018.

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LPEA to host Future of Power Supply information series http://www.pagosasun.com/lpea-to-host-future-of-power-supply-information-series/ Fri, 28 Jun 2019 11:00:58 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=171540 By Indiana Reed
Special to The SUN
La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) has scheduled a new free information series in July to help keep the cooperative’s membership up to date on the future of electric power supply.
LPEA is an electricity distribution company (poles and wires) — structured to purchase and deliver power generated by outside sources to its membership.
“Energy is a complicated industry, but at LPEA we do endeavor to do all we can to help keep our members informed, as well as gather input from them,” said Dan Harms, manager of rates, technology and energy policy, who will co-present the meetings with Ron Meier, manager of engineering and member relations. “To that end, we hope our members will plan to attend one of the four upcoming interactive, informational sessions to discuss the future of our power.”
The Future of Power Supply meetings are set for:
July 1 — Ross Aragon Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd., Pagosa Springs.
July 2 — Forest Lakes Community Center, 998 Alpine Forest Drive, Bayfield.
July 10 — LPEA Corporate Office Board Room, 45 Stewart St., Durango.
July 11 — Ignacio Community Library, 470 Goddard Ave., Ignacio.
The presentations will cover LPEA’s exploration of trends in the industry, including results from the LPEA Power Supply Committee, as well as the next steps to ensure LPEA’s membership will continue to enjoy reliable and affordable power.
“We will also look at what Tri-State Generation and Transmission, our primary power supplier, is doing in this area, including energy production from renewable resources, and further discuss LPEA’s Strategic Goal of reducing our carbon footprint,” said Meier. “We understand that where we get our electricity is of concern to our membership, so we are taking steps to explore all options.”
All presentations are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. RSVP is not required, but is appreciated: jbennett@lpea.coop. Learn more at www.lpea.coop.

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Public Meetings http://www.pagosasun.com/public-meetings-177/ Thu, 27 Jun 2019 21:00:39 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=171474 The following meetings are subject to change.
Saturday, June 29
Town Council Retreat. 8:30 a.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Monday, July 1
La Plata Electric Association Future of Power Supply Information Series. 6:30 p.m., Ross Aragon Community Center, 451 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, July 2
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Monday, July 8
Pagosa Peak Open School Board of Directors regular meeting. 5 p.m., 7 Parelli Way.
Tuesday, July 9
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Republican Women’s meeting. Noon, Boss Hogg’s, 157 Navajo Trail Drive.
Pagosa Fire Protection District Board of Directors meeting and Board of Trustees of the Pagosa Fire Protection District Firemen’s Pension Fund regular meeting. 6:30 p.m., Station 1, Training Room, 191 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Wednesday, July 10
Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation (CDC) regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Chamber of Commerce conference room, 105 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, July 16
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. 1:30 p.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Pagosa Springs Area Tourism Board meeting. 4:30 p.m., Visitor Center, 105 Hot Springs Blvd.
Wednesday, July 17
Archuleta County Republican Central Committee meeting. Noon, Pagosa Brewing, 118 N. Pagosa Blvd.
Upper San Juan Library District board meeting. 1 p.m., Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library, 811 San Juan St.
Town of Pagosa Springs Historic Preservation Board. 4:30 p.m., Town Hall conference room, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Thursday, July 18
Pagosa Springs Town Council meeting. 5 p.m., Town Hall council chambers, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Tuesday, July 23
Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners work session. 8:30 a.m., Archuleta County administration building, commissioners’ meeting room, 398 Lewis St.
Joint town/county work session. Noon, Town Hall, 551 Hot Springs Blvd.
Upper San Juan Health Service District regular board meeting. 5:30 p.m., Pagosa Springs Medical Center, 95 S. Pagosa Blvd.
Public meeting information should be sent to editor@pagosasun.com with “Public Meeting” in the subject line. The deadline is noon Monday each week prior to publication for that week’s issue.

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LPEA implements seasonal fire prevention measures http://www.pagosasun.com/lpea-implements-seasonal-fire-prevention-measures-4/ Wed, 26 Jun 2019 11:00:03 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=170927 By Indiana Reed
Special to The SUN
With safety in mind, La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) continues to ensure that electrical equipment damage or repair efforts don’t contribute to fire danger.
“Safety is a number one priority for LPEA and our crews,” said Justin Talbot, manager of operations. “June is typical for us to start enforcing pro-active fire safety measures. What this may mean is that, with our safety steps and checks, in the event of an outage, it will take us a little longer to restore power and we hope our members will understand.”
At a location where line/equipment damage has prompted an outage, linemen will do extra patrols of the affected section of line to make certain no other flammable objects are touching the electrical equipment. Only then, will the all-clear be given and the line re-energized. The linemen will then remain at the location to ensure no embers are smoldering.
“These steps will lengthen our response time just a little, for precautionary purposes, which could be very important if a fire has been sparked,” said Talbot. “Also, all our vehicles are equipped with watering systems to douse any sparked fires.”
LPEA has line personnel on standby throughout the night — one journeyman lineman each in Durango, Bayfield/Ignacio and Pagosa Springs. In the event of more serious conditions, additional line personnel will be called to an outage location.
“We coordinate closely with county emergency personnel so we can be ready and in place if a fire approaches our electrical system, such as a distribution line, transmission line or substation,” said Talbot.
“We’re also asking our customers to be aware — be our eyes,” said Toby Allred, line superintendent. “If you’ve got an outage, go outside and survey your property, as well as your neighbors’, for downed power lines, smoke or a visible fire.
LPEA advises, if members notice any indication of fire, call 9-1-1 immediately — then call LPEA at 247-5786 and stay away from all downed powerlines.
“And customers living in wooded areas, look up,” added Allred. “Look at the trees that are near the electrical lines. If you notice large branches that could potentially fall through the lines on a windy day, or a dead tree in the right-of-way, give us a call. We will come check it out and if it is a potential hazard, we can take care of it.”

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