Electricity production and distribution

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

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

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