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LUB Members Discuss Scholarship Trends

LUB Board Members: Boxley, Hernandez, Leonard, Horning, Thrall

LUB Board Members: Boxley, Hernandez, Leonard, Horning, Thrall

Members of the Lamar Utilities Board discussed the downturn in scholarship applications for the 2017 LUB/ARPA Scholarship program. This year, only two students, both from the same school, applied.  The scholarship, which is open to ARPA customers from McClave, Wiley and Lamar, is for a combined amount of $1,000.

To be eligible, a student must be a high school senior residing with a family receiving electric service from Lamar Light and Power. Applicants may download the latest application from the utilities board website or call 336-7456 for additional details. Each year a theme is selected for a written presentation from the applicants, usually pertaining to some form of impact utilities have on our lives.  This year’s topic is:  “Lamar Light and Power is a public owned utility.  Discuss the Advantages of having a public owned utility in the community.”  The deadline was Friday, April 21st.

In response to some questions about how the scholarships are presented to the schools, Lisa Denman, LUB accountant, replied that the announcements are sent out at the start of the year and are made available to the students through flyers and to career counselors. She acknowledged that this year has seen a very low turnout, while years ago, there had been as many as a dozen applicants.  Because of the general population base, Lamar can have a higher turnout and Holly has a separate scholarship program for students from that community.  Denman said if the students do meet the qualifications for the application, both will be awarded the funds.  Lamar Utility Board members, Doug Thrall and Michael Horning reviewed the submissions.

In other action, wind turbine data for the first quarter of 2017 shows the three turbines have generated 1,634.5 MWH of electricity with an average capacity of 24.48%. Power production is approximately 16.5% lower than the same time frame in 2016 and the capacity factor was also lower at 4.22%.  The decrease in wind power production is based on the down time for the T-1 turbine due to a failed P.C.  Repairs are underway with the assistance of G.E.

By Russ Baldwin

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