Electricity production and distribution

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

La Plata County production-related toxic waste minimal compared with San Juan County, N.M.

An annual report that tracks production-related waste from industrial facilities found nearly 750 pounds of toxic chemicals were disposed in La Plata County in 2014. However, that number is utterly...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata Electric Association lowers off-peak rates

Some La Plata Electric Association customers can expect to see a lower bill in April. Those billed based on when they use their electricity will pay less for power that they use overnight and in...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Buyer beware: Solar power may be missing key ingredient

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Want to cut reliance on your fossil-fuel-burning utility, but don’t have space for solar panels? Easy, the sales pitch goes, buy a share in the new “community solar array” being...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

300 customers back in power in Ignacio

About 300 customers in Ignacio were back in power by 8:40 p.m. Wednesday. The power outage began at 6:26 p.m. Wednesday. “The cause was damaged equipment that was burnt out,” La Plata Electric...

DATE: Dec. 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Half of new demand for power in Colorado coming from grow operations

DENVER – Pot’s not green. The $3.5 billion U.S. cannabis market is emerging as one of the nation’s most power-hungry industries, with the 24-hour demands of thousands of indoor growing sites taxing...

DATE: Dec. 25, 2015 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Environmentalists file intent to sue federal agencies over power plant

A coalition of environmental groups announced earlier this week its intent to take legal action against several federal agencies for extending operations at the Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Navajo Nation on track for first utility-scale solar plant

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A Navajo community south of Monument Valley will be home to the tribe’s first utility-scale solar plant capable of powering 7,700 homes on average. The $64 million plant is on...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Mix-up in vote process leads to La Plata Electric Association bill hike

La Plata County residents’ electric bills will be higher next year, and several board members say a mix-up in the voting process is at fault. La Plata Electric Association board member Bob Lynch...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Attempt to reverse La Plata Electric Association residential rate hike fails

An effort to reverse a decision last month to increase residential electric base rates failed at the La Plata Electric Association’s meeting on Tuesday with a split 6-6 vote. In November, the board...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

New operator for Navajo Mine

Bisti Fuels Co. will serve as the new operator for Navajo Mine in Farmington. Navajo Transitional Energy Co. made the announcement late Wednesday. Bisti Fuels is a subsidiary of Dallas-based North...

DATE: Dec. 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News