Electricity future dim in Colo.?

Electricity future dim in Colo.?

Civil engineers give state a ‘D’ for future planning
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La Plata Electric Association says it’s “99.9 percent reliable” in getting power to its customers. Baker McKonly, assistant operator and dispatcher at LPEA, keeps an eye on a service area that includes all of La Plata and Archuleta counties and parts of San Juan, Hinsdale and Mineral counties.
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La Plata Electric Association spends about $8 million annually on maintenance projects. Gary Hubbs, left, and Archie Ribera of LPEA work on a newly installed power pole along Colorado Highway 172 just west of Ignacio.
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By 2020, Colorado will need an estimated additional $57 billion more in power distribution infrastructure than currently is budgeted. A crew from the La Plata Electric Association installs a power pole along Colorado Highway 172 just west of Ignacio.
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Keeping the power coming requires constant maintenance. Curt Marlatt of La Plata Electric Association and his crew prepare to dig a hole for a new power pole along Colorado Highway 172 just west of Ignacio.
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Issues confronting America’s power grid and the impact on local delivery are complicated and extensive. More information is available at:
The American Society of Civil Engineers 2013 America’s Infrastructure Report Card:...

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