Upgrades Continue on Light Plant Equipment


The Lamar Utility Board held a brief meeting on Tuesday, January 23rd, approving payment of bills totaling $826,007 and purchase orders of $59,363.11.

The meeting agenda covered this year’s continued upgrading of the 69kv substation equipment including a 4-69 KV oil circuit breaker which will be replaced by a Sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) gas circuit breaker. Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, explained this is the main breaker that feeds the 25kv substation and is essential for the substation’s protection.  The upgrade is not expected to cause any power outages to the plant’s customers.

Hourieh mentioned in his System Operating Report that approximately 600 new electric meters will replace old ones this year, part of the plant’s plans to move forward with its Advanced Metering Infrastructure system installation. Outlying communities will also receive some of the new devices, not just Lamar customers.

Hourieh also explained Senate Bill 18-64 which has been introduced for consideration in the state legislature. He told the board members the bill is trying to make significant changes to Colorado renewable energy standards.  “It will require all utilities in the state to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2035,” he explained to the board members, adding that it would  phase out renewable energy certificates as well as requiring municipal utilities to offer solar installation rebates at the utility’s current retail rates.

Mayor Roger Stagner, the City of Lamar’s liaison to the board, recapped plans presented to the city council by ARPA General Manager, Rick Rigel, to reduce the size of the $140M outstanding construction bonds used to finance the Lamar Repowering Project. He said a more detailed report will be presented to the council in March and he would relate the information to the utility board members.

By Russ Baldwin

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