Electricity production and distribution

Feds grant local electric co-ops more control

A federal decision issued last week could give La Plata Electric Association more independence to purchase electricity from more green sources. In its decision, the Federal Energy Regulatory...

DATE: June 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Batteries to the rescue

Last week, the glitzy electric car company Tesla Motors, run by billionaire Elon Musk, ceased to be just a car company. As was widely expected, Tesla announced that it is offering a home-battery...

DATE: May 5, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

La Plata Electric Association sends election packages without ballots

An unknown amount of La Plata Electric Association ballot packages in District 4 went out Friday lacking one important item: an actual ballot. “They have the secrecy sleeve and the return envelope....

DATE: April 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

LPEA board candidates stake positions

The election to fill four seats on the La Plata Electric Association board of directors this year finds a full slate of candidates – an incumbent and a challenger in three districts and two...

DATE: April 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Committee clears two for LPEA board race

A La Plata Electric Association special committee ruled that two aspiring candidates for next month’s election to fill four LPEA board seats are eligible to run. The decision Thursday followed a...

DATE: April 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

LPEA board election stirs public debate

The eligibility of two candidates aspiring to La Plata Electric Association board seats in the May election hinges on a decision expected Thursday. Board members and members of the public went...

DATE: April 15, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Can there ever be too much solar?

The installation of grid-tied solar systems by businesses or individuals reduces reliance on fossil fuels and whittles away at electric bills. Numbers show the popularity of such systems in La...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

N.M. regulators hear testimony

SANTA FE – New Mexico regulators began taking testimony Monday on a plan that calls for shutting down part of an aging coal-fired power plant that provides electricity to more than 2 million people...

DATE: Jan. 4, 2015 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Western states ‘fostering renewables’

ALBUQUERQUE – More than five dozen giant turbines erected on a remote mesa in western New Mexico began churning out power for the state’s largest electric provider on New Year’s Day. Tapping into...

DATE: Jan. 1, 2015 | CATEGORY: Regional News

LPEA energy rates may fall

DENVER – Southwest Colorado electricity cooperatives have reached a temporary agreement with their power supplier over a rate increase that many felt was unfair and discriminatory. La Plata...

DATE: Dec. 20, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

LPEA sets new service call rates

La Plata Electric Association has imposed a $20 quarterly fee on the reading of meters of customers who won’t accept a modern meter that takes readings remotely. The decision Monday followed two...

DATE: Dec. 18, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dump truck causes Bayfield power outage

A dump truck caused a short power outage for more than 1,000 residents in Bayfield and east of the town. The outage lasted from about 4 p.m. to 4:18 p.m. The dump truck was doing construction work...

DATE: Nov. 24, 2014 | CATEGORY: Local News