Electricity production and distribution

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

Cannabis growers pressure the grid

Utilities and grid operators worry about the impacts that energy-hogging marijuana will bring to their grids, and are excited about the profits they’ll bring to their bottom line. The issue is...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Policy adviser at Colorado State University: Clean Power Plan will hit coal industry the hardest

Though certainly not as big in size, Wednesday’s Green Business Roundtable touched on many of the same issues being discussed between international leaders in Paris this week: namely, the reduction...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata Electric Association board considering rate changes

Local residents could be paying a bit more for electricity in 2016, while businesses might pay less. The new rate structure that La Plata Electric Association’s board is considering would charge...

DATE: Nov. 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Heading toward net zero

DATE: Nov. 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Power restored to 1,000 customers

More than 1,000 customers in Archuleta County were without power Wednesday afternoon for about an hour. Power was restored to 1,044 customers about 2:05 p.m., LPEA spokeswoman Indiana Reed said in...

DATE: Oct. 28, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Vandalism causes delays again on Red Mountain

After more than a month of long closures on Red Mountain Pass repairing a power transmission line and a rockslide area, the work was finally done – or so they thought. When crews prepared to...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Big electricity is looking at your roof

ALBUQUERQUE – Traditional power companies are getting into small-scale solar energy and competing for space on your rooftop. The emerging competition comes as utilities and smaller solar installers...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

‘An accidental author’

Sometimes volunteering can lead to big things. For Esther Greenfield, it’s resulted in two books, a museum exhibit, the cover of a magazine and an upcoming PBS documentary. She was a writer of a...

DATE: Sept. 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

S. Utes want solar plant

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe is moving closer to powering some of its buildings with electricity from its own solar plant. The tribe received a grant for $1.5 million from the Department of...

DATE: July 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Operator says San Juan Generating plant may close

ALBUQUERQUE – The state’s largest electric utility says the rejection of its proposal by New Mexico regulators will lead to the complete closure of a coal-fired power plant that provides power to 2...

DATE: July 14, 2015 | CATEGORY: Regional News