Electricity production and distribution

La Plata Electric Association in talks with three solar developers

New solar projects could be built in the region, despite limits La Plata Electric Association’s wholesale supplier places on the renewable energy the co-op can purchase. Three serious proposals...

DATE: July 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

San Juan coal mine gets larger environmental review

A proposal to extend the San Juan coal mine lease in northwestern New Mexico that fuels an adjacent power station would have minor impacts on air and water, according to a new and larger...

DATE: July 2, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

In recount, Tim Wheeler wins LPEA seat

Tim Wheeler defeated Karen Barger for a seat on the La Plata Electric Association board of directors by 17 votes. The results were announced Monday after a recount process that took almost three...

DATE: May 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Kit Carson Electric setting national example for renewable energy

La Plata Electric Association has long touted its support for green energy, but now it’s close to reaching a cap on the local renewable power it can support. The co-op serves more than 30,000...

DATE: April 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata Electric Association estimates long-term cost of business with Tri-State

La Plata Electric Association could spend more than $500 million purchasing power from its electric supplier, Tri-State Generation and Transmission, until its contract expires in 2050. The...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Purgatory Resort closes mid-day Thursday for power outage

Purgatory Resort closed mid-day Thursday after a tree fell through a power line causing an electrical outage. Wind blew a large Ponderosa into a power line near the top of Lift 2. Crews were...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

New Mexico utility seeks electricity options other than coal

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico’s largest electric provider on Monday put out a request for proposals for hundreds of megawatts of power to fill a future void as the utility plans ahead for weaning itself...

DATE: Oct. 30, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Power outage over for more than 3,000 people

Lightning may have caused a power outage Monday night that affected more than 3,000 customers in two areas. The power outage lasted from shortly before 5 p.m. until about 6:30 p.m. when it was...

DATE: Aug. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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

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

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