LPEA initiates maintenance program in Archuleta County

By Indiana Reed
Special to The SUN

As part of La Plata Electric Association’s (LPEA) commitment to reliability and safety, crews will be performing transformer maintenance and raptor protection efforts throughout Archuleta County in coming weeks, weather permitting.

“We have an ongoing maintenance program for our equipment,” said Justin Talbot, manager of operations. “We plan, monitor and keep ahead of issues, and this current effort in Archuleta County is part of that. You’ll see workers in bucket trucks working at the top of utility poles.”

While atop the poles servicing the transformers, crews will also, when warranted, upgrade or install avian protection devices to discourage the large birds from nesting or coming in contact with energized wires.

Maintenance efforts on some equipment may require access to private property and crews will notify homeowners upon arrival at each location prior to initiating work.

Questions or concerns regarding the maintenance program should be directed to LPEA Pagosa Springs Line Superintendent Jerry Wills at 759-6727.

This story was posted on February 3, 2016.