Electricity production and distribution

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Wind causes power outages in Animas Valley, west side

Two power outages caused by high winds were reported about 8:30 p.m. Thursday. One outage was in the Animas Valley north of Durango, including the Hermosa area, according to the La Plata Electric...

DATE: May 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Climate action: Feeling the heat, local communities pursue actions to reduce carbon emissions

President Trump’s recent actions repealing Obama-era policies to combat climate change and instead advancing policies to boost domestic production of carbon-emitting fossil fuels have made his...

DATE: May 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Editorials

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La Plata Electric Association vote supports more renewable energy

The La Plata Electric Association board voted unanimously this week to pursue increasing the cap on the amount of renewable energy it can purchase. The board asked staff to negotiate with LPEA’s...

DATE: April 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Shuttering N.M. power plant kindles job loss fears

SANTA FE – One of three coal-fired power plants in the Four Corners has been partially shut down and the other two could close in the next five years. The change likely means cleaner air in the...

DATE: March 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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Student project will save money at Durango High School

A DECA Club project at Durango High School was put into action this week when LED light bulbs were installed in the school’s entryway, with more to come for the building and parking lot. Seniors...

DATE: March 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Durango solar company anticipates growth despite changing atmosphere

Community solar gardens give consumers the option to pay for the power they believe in, and building the gardens helped Durango-based Konisto Companies grow 130 percent in 2016. Moreover, the...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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Cause of Tuesday’s power outage identified

Equipment designed to dissipate electricity caused the power outage Tuesday that affected more than 6,000 customers in Durango and Hermosa. The line arrester helps protect the system from lightning...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Arizona coal-fired plant could close

PHOENIX – The owners a massive coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona are considering options that include keeping it open but also closing it within the next few years, a spokesman for the...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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LPEA to conduct Nov. 1 flyover

A heads up from La Plata Electric Association : don’t be surprised to see a helicopter sweeping over Animas Valley on Tuesday as the cooperative conducts its annual aerial inspection of...

DATE: Oct. 31, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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No electric rate hike expected in 2017, LPEA says

When La Plata Electric Association adopts its 2017 rates in November, they are expected to stay the same. The cooperative has been weighing whether an increase in the cost of wholesale power from...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Wholesale cost increase could bring LPEA rate hike

A rate increase on wholesale power could result in higher costs for La Plata Electric Association customers next year. LPEA , which has more than 30,000 members, purchases 95 percent of its power...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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About 200 remain in dark in Fort Lewis College area

Power was restored to about 846 customers in the Fort Lewis College area by about 8 p.m. Thursday Initially, power went out around 3:30 p.m. at Fort Lewis College and in the Hillcrest and Skyridge...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News