Electricity production and distribution

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

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

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

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

Locked circuit cleared, power back on for 938 in Animas Valley

Power was restored at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday to 938 La Plata County Electric Association customers in the Animas Valley north of Trimble Lane. The outage began at 3:19 p.m. and affected customers near...

DATE: July 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata Electric Association considers methane-capture project

Amid a federal push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, La Plata Electric Association is exploring a project with a private oil and gas production company that would put methane waste to use....

DATE: July 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata Electric Association to consider waiver Wednesday

On Wednesday, the La Plata Electric Association will consider a waiver that would allow the cooperative’s main supplier, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, to take the lead on...

DATE: June 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Time running out to cast ballots for LPEA board

Saturday is the last day to submit ballots for the La Plata Electric Association’s directors election. The LPEA’s annual meeting and luncheon at the Sky Ute Casino and Resort in Ignacio on...

DATE: May 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wind causes rolling power outages in Southwest Colorado

Herald Staff Writer Strong winds caused rolling power outages across La Plata County Saturday afternoon. “We’ve had quite a few trees in the line,” said Justin Talbot, manager of operations for La...

DATE: April 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Power outages hit county subdivisions during storm

There were two large power outages and several dozen smaller ones across the county Friday night and early Saturday morning. The rainstorm may have caused some of the outages, said Indiana Reed, a...

DATE: April 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Crow causes Florida Road outage

A crow proved to be the guilty culprit in a power outage that left more than 900 homes along Florida Road (County Road 240) without electricity. All power was restored as of 6:30 p.m., La Plata...

DATE: April 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado Public Utilities Commission shoots down Xcel’s community solar garden agreement

DENVER (AP) – The Colorado Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday rejected an agreement Xcel Energy reached last month to sharply boost the amount of power it obtained from community solar...

DATE: March 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Regional News