Electricity production and distribution

Electrical outage hits Bayfield area

Shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday, LPEA said the power in the Bayfield area should be over soon. The power went out at 6:28 p.m. Sunday, affecting 602 La Plata Electric Association customers in the...

DATE: July 12, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Power back after Ticolote-area outage

La Plata Electric Association crews restored power to 729 customers in the Ticolote and Sundance Hills subdivisions area at approximately 7 p.m. Tuesday. The repair crews had to patrol the line...

DATE: July 7, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

High court sets back mercury rules

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled Monday against the Obama administration’s attempt to limit power-plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants, but it may be only a temporary...

DATE: June 29, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

N.M. coal plant settles Clean Air Act violations

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The owners of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation reached a settlement Wednesday with federal agencies over complaints they flouted rules for permits and violated the...

DATE: June 24, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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