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ARPA Business Update

ARPA Business Update

  BUSINESS OPERATIONS – July 2022 ARPA Holds Its Annual Pole Top and Bucket Truck Rescue Safety Training: ARPA member municipalities participated in the annual pole top and bucket truck rescue training in La Junta in June. The annual training brings together approximately 40 personnel from the six ARPA member systems. The training is one […]

May Valley Water Addresses Rate Concerns to Lamar Utility Board

May Valley Water Addresses Rate Concerns to Lamar Utility Board

  Greg Colvin, President of the May Valley Water Association and Robert Fleming, board member, asked the Lamar Utilities Board what are the available rate schedules for May Valley’s potable water well and pumping facilities this past Tuesday, June 14th.  They also asked about the potential of the Lamar Light Plant swapping some out-of-territory customers […]

ARPA BUSINESS OPERATIONS – June 2022

ARPA BUSINESS OPERATIONS – June 2022

  2022 Integrated Resource Plan: The ARPA Board of Directors approved an Integrated Resource Plan and directed its submittal to Western Area Power Administration. The Resource Plan recommended 2-year and 5-year action plans. Two-Year Plan:   Work on the transition of partial requirements supply from Xcel Energy to Guzman Energy at the end of the existing agreement in […]

Regional Collaboration Yields 83 New Homes

Regional Collaboration Yields 83 New Homes

Southeast Colorado Enterprise Development (SECED), Southern Colorado Economic Development District (SCEDD), 4Points Funding, and Bywater Development LLC held groundbreaking for High Prairie Homes, a southeast Colorado workforce housing development project, on May 25 at 1:30 p.m., Las Animas, Colorado, at Memorial Field (just east of the John Rawlings Museum).     Housing in the southeastern […]

LUB Receives Update on Prairie Fire Damage

LUB Receives Update on Prairie Fire Damage

    Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, told LUB members during their April 26th meeting, the plant was notified by Las Animas authorities on Tuesday, April 12th that some of the 69kv line structures east of Las Animas were burning.  The fire began near the tree dump and sewer lagoon and spread eastward.  Three […]

LUB Discusses New Meter Installation Schedule and Cyber Security Guards

LUB Discusses New Meter Installation Schedule and Cyber Security Guards

    The utility board approved $704,028.57 in March purchase orders from a total of $729,264.83 of which $631,771.43 was for the estimated power purchase from ARPA for March. Bills amounting to $242,911.64 were also paid. The low bid of $27,383.76 from Blazer Electric was approved for LED light fixtures to maintain street and yard […]

March 23 is Deadline to Commit to Build a New Home

March 23 is Deadline to Commit to Build a New Home

Time is running out on a once-in-a-generation chance to build your affordable new home with assistance from Federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. The collaborative efforts of two non-profits and 16 local governments have reduced the price of single-family homes to as low as $151,000 for a two-bedroom model.  Other choices are available.  For […]

ARPA BUSINESS OPERATIONS – December 2021

ARPA BUSINESS OPERATIONS – December 2021

Integrated Resource Plan (IRP): The Arkansas River Power Authority is in the process of preparing an IRP, as required by the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) under its Energy Planning and Management Program (EPAMP). The IRP will consider all practicable energy efficiency and energy supply resource options to meet future needs. The IRP must adhere […]

Arkansas River Power Authority (ARPA) Names Guzman Energy as Wholesale Power Provider

Arkansas River Power Authority (ARPA) Names Guzman Energy as Wholesale Power Provider

Joint action agency continues to stabilize and reduce wholesale power rates for Colorado communities DENVER & LAMAR, Colo. – November 18, 2021 – Today, the Arkansas River Power Authority (ARPA) announced the selection of Guzman Energy as a wholesale power supplier to the agency. ARPA supplies reliable wholesale electric power to the Colorado communities of Holly, La […]

Lamar Light Plant Completes Sensor Replacement Project

Lamar Light Plant Completes Sensor Replacement Project

    The Lamar Utilities Board approved $344,287.20 in purchase orders out of a total of $358,642.78 during its October 26th meeting.  Of that, $338,220 was for Sensus meters, according to Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh.  Payment of bills was also approved, totaling $889,662.35.  Of that, $832,268.61 was from Arkansas River Power Authority for power […]

Arkansas River Power Authority - Business Operations – October 2021

Arkansas River Power Authority – Business Operations – October 2021

ARPA Board Reviews 2022 Budget: The ARPA Board of Directors reviewed its proposed 2022 budget at the September meeting. The proposed 2022 budget includes: • Power Sales Revenues of $30.46 million • Power Supply costs of $14.23 million • Transmission costs of $3.5 million • A&G costs of $1.3 million • Debt Service costs of $8.27 […]

Lamar Utility Board Approves 2022 Budget

Lamar Utility Board Approves 2022 Budget

    The Lamar Utility Board approved the 2022 Budget with a unanimous vote during the October 12th meeting.  The budget includes total revenues in excess of $17.8M, $16.4M from retail electric sales and the remaining primarily from wind turbine production.  The budget is proposing expenses of $15.3M which includes $11M for power supply.  Additional […]

Lamar Utility Board Moves Forward on 2022 Budget

Lamar Utility Board Moves Forward on 2022 Budget

  The Lamar Utility Board held a brief meeting, Tuesday, September 28th after which, they moved into executive session to receive advice on legal questions related to a Public Utilities Case.  During its September 14th meeting, Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, informed the board that the deadline for SECPA, Southeast Colorado Power Authority to file […]

Arkansas River Power Authority Business Operation Report - September 2021

Arkansas River Power Authority Business Operation Report – September 2021

  ARPA Board Reviews Preliminary 2022 Budget: A preliminary budget was presented to the ARPA Board of Directors at its August 26 meeting. The budget includes total revenues of $30.4 million, power supply costs of $14.3 million, transmission costs of $3.5 million, A&G costs of $1.4 million, and debt service costs of $8.3 million. This […]

Lamar Utility Board/ARPA Close Another Segment of Lamar Repowering Project

Lamar Utility Board/ARPA Close Another Segment of Lamar Repowering Project

    The Lamar Utility Board met Tuesday, September 14th and discussed a provision of the settlement agreement from February 2016 between Arkansas River Power Authority, the City of Lamar and the Lamar Utility Board. Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh explained that ARPA has furnished a Corporate Surety Bond for $2M which named LUB as […]