LPEA – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 05 Dec 2019 17:10:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 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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LPEA files complaint with Colorado Public Utilities Commission LPEA seeks reasonable exit charge from Tri-State to weigh future options http://www.pagosasun.com/lpea-files-complaint-with-colorado-public-utilities-commission-lpea-seeks-reasonable-exit-charge-from-tri-state-to-weigh-future-options/ Thu, 07 Nov 2019 11:58:58 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=190542 By Lonnie Tucker
Special to The SUN
La Plata Electric Association Inc. (LPEA) filed a complaint Tuesday with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) asking the PUC to determine a just and reasonable exit charge to allow LPEA to potentially withdraw from membership in Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc.
LPEA asked Tri-State for an exit charge over four months ago, but Tri-State has yet to respond to that request. Instead, Tri-State has unilaterally declared a moratorium on any exit charge discussions with any of its members, including LPEA. At the same time, Tri-State continues efforts to become Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rate jurisdictional, which Tri-State claims will circumvent the PUC of its authority under Colorado law to determine exit charges for Tri-State members.
“We have run out of options to obtain a fair exit charge from Tri-State,” said Jessica Matlock, LPEA CEO. “Particularly in light of Tri-State’s exit charge moratorium, combined with its efforts to circumvent PUC jurisdiction over exit charges, we needed to act now. It is our responsibility to LPEA members to examine all future power supply options. We cannot adequately do this unless we have been provided an exit charge that would allow us to potentially withdraw from Tri-State on terms that are fair — both to LPEA and its members, and to Tri-State’s remaining members.”
Bob Lynch, LPEA board president, said, “It is important as a board that we work hard to keep all of our power supply options open so that our members have the most affordable, reliable and cleanest power possible. This complaint helps ensure that LPEA will have the best options to choose from in the future.”
In 2019, LPEA celebrated 80 years providing safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost to approximately 34,000 members, located in the counties of La Plata, Archuleta, and segments of Hinsdale, Mineral and San Juan. LPEA also recently adopted the strategic goal of significantly reducing LPEA’s carbon footprint by the year 2030 while keeping its members’ cost of electricity low.
“We need to take proactive steps to position ourselves to meet these goals,” Matlock added.

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LPEA continues support of Durango Gun Club Sight-in Days http://www.pagosasun.com/lpea-continues-support-of-durango-gun-club-sight-in-days/ Mon, 28 Oct 2019 11:00:07 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=189819 By Lonnie Tucker
Special to The SUN
In an effort to both assist hunters and protect valuable electrical equipment, La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) will continue its support of Sight-in Days at the Durango Gun Club Outdoor Range in advance of the next big game season, Thursday and Friday, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
During Sight-in Days, the Durango Gun Club on La Posta Road is open to the general public for rifle scope sighting and hunters are encouraged to take advantage of the controlled environment to prepare their firearms for the season.
LPEA has contributed $500 to cover costs incurred by the club for the Sight-in Days events.
Durango Gun Club staff will be on hand during Sight-in Days to answer questions, provide assistance and do minor firearm repairs.
The Durango Gun Club’s outdoor range is located on CR 213 (La Posta Road). For further information, contact Joseph Perino, Durango Gun Club secretary/treasurer, at 749-3453.

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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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