LPEA – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:10:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 No fooling: Electric rates will increase April 1 http://www.pagosasun.com/no-fooling-electric-rates-will-increase-april-1-2/ Tue, 28 Jan 2020 12:00:12 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195907 By Lonnie Tucker
Special to The SUN

To maintain and improve electricity infrastructure and to prepare for the future of the electric grid, the La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) Board of Directors approved new rate changes last week that will generate $3 million for the association. The new rates will go into effect April 1.
LPEA has not had a rate increase since 2016 and has been unable to keep up with inflation and the increasing cost of equipment and services that an electric supplier must provide to its members. For example, during the last year, LPEA experienced major outages caused by old and decaying infrastructure.
“Electricity is critical to maintaining our economy and our lives in the 21st century,” said Bob Lynch, LPEA’s board president. “We must continue to invest or we will fall behind in providing the excellent electrical service that LPEA members expect.”
LPEA’s base and energy charge for the General Service rate (residential and small commercial) will remain the same, but LPEA will be adding a new peak-power rate charge. This new peak-power rate charge will encourage LPEA members to monitor their energy use at periods when demand for electricity is highest — from 4 to 9 p.m. The new peak-power rate will be $1.50 per kilowatt and it is estimated that the average monthly bill will increase just $5 per month. The peak-power charge gives the members an ability to lower this increase through their choices of how and when they use electricity.
“As a board, we voted to add a peak-power rate to assist LPEA in meeting our 2020 financial obligations and increasing our cooperative’s safety and reliability,” Lynch said. “It also allows for our members to have more choices in controlling their bills, giving them the flexibility to manage their energy during peak-power pricing.”
LPEA’s peak-power rate will encourage members to understand their energy usage and make different choices of how and when they use electricity. To support our members in this effort, LPEA will be developing new programs and enhancing current tools to assist members in managing their daily usage. That information will be available to members by the end of March.
LPEA’s SmartHub application already allows members to see their usage hour by hour, allowing them to understand how they are using energy and make simple changes, like running your dishwasher or drying clothes outside the 4 to 9 p.m. peak hours.
“LPEA’s peak-power rate is important for the future as LPEA modernizes its electric grid which will include new technologies for controlling usage, and to accommodate things like battery storage systems, more alternative power sources and electric vehicles,” said Jessica Matlock, LPEA CEO.

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LPEA to host scholarship Q&A open house Jan. 29 http://www.pagosasun.com/lpea-to-host-scholarship-qa-open-house-jan-29/ Sat, 25 Jan 2020 12:00:14 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195970 By Lonnie Tucker
Special to The SUN

To assist high school seniors and their parents with the application process for college scholarships available through La Plata Electric Association (LPEA), the cooperative will host a special scholarship open house Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at LPEA’s headquarters in Durango, 45 Stewart St.
LPEA staff members will be on-hand to answer any questions. No reservations are necessary and copies of all applications will be available.
All high school seniors, including home-school students, in LPEA’s service territory who receive their electricity from LPEA are eligible to apply for the variety of funding opportunities. The deadline for application is March 2. Attendance at the scholarship open house is not a requirement of application.
LPEA directly offers the LPEA Scholarship (four-year), LPEA/John Voelker Memorial Scholarship (two-year) and Lineman Scholarship for aspiring electric line workers, per LPEA Board of Directors policy 302. The co-op also provides for additional affiliated rural electric scholarships/awards offered by Tri-State Generation and Transmission and Basin Electric Power Cooperative.
Specifically, LPEA will award two four-year scholarships (140 credit hours) for students attending any college or university beginning with the 2020-2021 academic year. LPEA will cover tuition, books and fees, up to $28,000 over four years, given that the students maintain minimum qualifications.
The LPEA/John Voelker Memorial Scholarship recognizes two students attending accredited vocational schools, technical schools or junior college. This two-year scholarship covers fees, books, tools and supplies up to $10,000 over two years, per student.
The La Plata Electric Lineman Scholarship funds two annual scholarships covering tuition, fees and books, not to exceed $12,000 for each scholarship for up to one year at an accredited institution, including a vocational school, technical school, junior college or university in the United States, majoring in an electric line worker program. Any scholarship overage, following payment of tuition and fees, can be applied to purchase of tools and supplies required in the trade.
For further information and to download applications, visit www.lpea.coop or contact Jeannie Bennett at 382-3505 or jbennett@lpea.coop.

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2019 YEAR IN REVIEW http://www.pagosasun.com/2019-year-in-review-4/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:00:45 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195937 2019 was a busy and interesting year in Pagosa Country. There was no want for good news, bad news, controversial issues, and no lack of interesting news events to keep SUN readers focused on local events, situations and personalities.
The SUN is taking a look back at some of those events, selected by SUN staff writers. This week, we look back at October, November and December.

OCTOBER

• The Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) approved upon first reading a revised noise ordinance and adopted the Model Traffic Code upon second and final reading at the board’s regular meeting on Oct. 1.

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No fooling: Electric rates will increase April 1 http://www.pagosasun.com/no-fooling-electric-rates-will-increase-april-1/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 11:56:59 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195884 By Lonnie Tucker
Special to The SUN
To maintain and improve electricity infrastructure and to prepare for the future of the electric grid, the La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) Board of Directors approved new rate changes last week that will generate $3 million for the association. The new rates will go into effect April 1.

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2019 YEAR IN REVIEW http://www.pagosasun.com/2019-year-in-review-3/ Thu, 16 Jan 2020 22:00:45 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195423 2019 was a busy and interesting year in Pagosa Country. There was no want for good news, bad news, controversial issues, and no lack of interesting news events to keep SUN readers focused on local events, situations and personalities.
The SUN is taking a look back at some of those events, selected by SUN staff writers. This week, we look back at July, August and September.

JULY

• At a Future of Power Supply Information Series meeting held in Pagosa Springs on July 1, La Plata Electric Association representatives discussed the future of energy and a potential buyout of its existing power-supply contract with Tri-State Generation and Transmission.

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2019 YEAR IN REVIEW http://www.pagosasun.com/2019-year-in-review-2/ Thu, 09 Jan 2020 22:00:51 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194567 2019 was a busy and interesting year in Pagosa Country. There was no want for good news, bad news, controversial issues, and no lack of interesting news events to keep SUN readers focused on local events, situations and personalities.
Over the next few weeks, The SUN will take a look back at some of those events, selected by SUN staff writers. This week, we look back at April, May and June.

APRIL

• On April 1, Pagosa Peak Open School (PPOS) added Julie Simmons to its board. Simmons replaced former board member Clay Buchner.

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LPEA board passes 2020 budget http://www.pagosasun.com/lpea-board-passes-2020-budget/ Thu, 26 Dec 2019 22:00:46 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=193663 The La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) Board of Directors recently adopted its 2020 budget, which aims to improve service and reliability to LPEA’s more than 34,000 members.

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Tri-State credit ratings lowered, LPEA and Tri-State discuss issue http://www.pagosasun.com/tri-state-credit-ratings-lowered-lpea-and-tri-state-discuss-issue/ Thu, 05 Dec 2019 22:00:15 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=192381 On Nov. 14, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc.’s credit rating and senior secured debt rating were lowered from an “A” to an “A-,” among other downgrades, according to a news release from S&P Global Ratings.

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Cooperative invests abandoned funds into community projects http://www.pagosasun.com/cooperative-invests-abandoned-funds-into-community-projects/ Thu, 21 Nov 2019 22:00:12 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=191648 By Lonnie Tucker
Special to The SUN
In an effort to make good use of idle funds left abandoned by former members of La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) as unclaimed capital credits, the cooperative’s board of directors has awarded 20 new Educational/Special Project Grants totaling $150,000 to nonprofit organizations in its service territory.

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LPEA member satisfaction survey scheduled to begin Nov. 12 http://www.pagosasun.com/lpea-member-satisfaction-survey-scheduled-to-begin-nov-12/ Thu, 14 Nov 2019 22:00:49 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=191183 By Lonnie Tucker
Special to The SUN
To help determine members’ opinions and electricity practices, plus better serve its members in the future, La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) has contracted with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Market Research Services to survey a sampling of households in Archuleta County. The telephone and online surveys are scheduled to begin Nov. 12.

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