Electricity production and distribution

Power outage resolved in Animas Valley

It is unknown what caused a power outage in the Animas Valley that affected nearly 1,000 La Plata Electric Association customers Saturday. The outage affected residents mostly on the eastern side...

DATE: Feb. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Electrical co-op challenges Tri-State buyout offer

La Plata Electric Association and other electrical co-ops may gain insight about buying out of a contract with their wholesale electrical supplier after the Colorado Public Utilities Commission...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Montezuma County’s hopes for solar power begin to dim

Three years ago, Montezuma County began an economic development campaign to attract large-scale solar farms. And while there has been progress, hurdles remain. In 2015, county commissioners rolled...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Loose wire, not snow, responsible for power outages

Cold temperatures kept recent snow light and fluffy, preventing widespread power outages that heavy, wet snow can deliver. A loose power line near 32nd Street and Main Avenue was responsible for...

DATE: Jan. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Co-op seeks to change Tri-State rules to boost renewable energy buying power

A Front Range electrical co-op is asking La Plata Electric Association for help in changing the restrictive rules imposed by electrical wholesale supplier Tri-State Generation and Transmission....

DATE: Dec. 7, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

LPEA deepens study of new electricity sources

A consulting firm has been hired to explore the realities of purchasing electricity on the open market if La Plata Electric Association buys out its contract with its current electricity supplier,...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Closing generating station could have huge economic impacts

FARMINGTON – One of the biggest issues looming over a northwestern New Mexico county is the potential closure of a coal-fired power plant in 2022 – about 20 years before the end of its useful life....

DATE: Sept. 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

La Plata Electric Association CEO Mike Dreyspring to retire

La Plata Electric Association CEO Mike Dreyspring announced he will retire in September 2019. Dreyspring was hired by the co-op in 2014 and has lead it through political shifts on the board, the...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

LPEA studies power alternatives to wholesale supplier

La Plata Electric Association is exploring alternatives to purchasing power from its wholesale power supplier, Tri-State Generation and Transmission. Tri-State caps how much renewable power LPEA...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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