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City Upgrading Council Chambers and North Gateway Park

City Upgrading Council Chambers and North Gateway Park

    The Lamar City Council held its first meeting of 2021 this past Monday, January 11th. City Treasurer, Kristin McCrea noted her findings for the city’s Water/Wastewater fund from 2016 to 2020 which indicated the operating expenditures for four of the past five years have been overspent. Her written report suggested the need to […]

ARPA Business Operations – December 2020

ARPA Business Operations – December 2020

  ARPA Board Adopts 2021 Budget: At its December meeting the ARPA Board of Directors approved its operating budget for 2021 in the amount of $24,790,124. The 2021 Budget supports the Board’s goal to retire its 2010 bonds and to reduce its energy rate by approximately 3.6%. The budget as adopted, will ensure funding for […]

Time Line Laid Out for Lamar Repowering Project Demolition

Time Line Laid Out for Lamar Repowering Project Demolition

    The Lamar Utility Board was briefed on the pending demolition of the Lamar Repowering Project by Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, during it’s November 24th meeting. He also projected a timeline for the lawsuit the board has had pending with Southeast Colorado Power Association. In a special conference call meeting, the ARPA board […]

Summary of ARPA Business Operations - November 2020

Summary of ARPA Business Operations – November 2020

ARPA Board Adopts New Wholesale Rate Tariff- Energy Rate Reduced 3.57%:  The ARPA Board of Directors adopted a new rate tariff that includes an energy rate reduction of 3.57% at its October meeting. The reduction in ARPA’s energy rate is a result of ARPA’s ability to retire its 2010 Bonds of $14.8 million early next […]

Lamar Light Plant Approves Colorado Beef Line Extension Request

Lamar Light Plant Approves Colorado Beef Line Extension Request

    Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, LLC (Colorado Beef) has requested a line extension on their property at CR2 and KK in Prowers County. Light Plant Superintendent Houssin Hourieh told the board this will result in a minimum monthly electrical charge based on usage or the cost of the extension, whichever is greater. The agreement […]

Council Approves Infrastructure Funding, Mayor Urges COVID Precautions

Council Approves Infrastructure Funding, Mayor Urges COVID Precautions

  The Lamar City Council had only a few items on its brief agenda this past Monday evening, October 26th. Before business began, Mayor Kirk Crespin noted the recent, dramatic climb in pandemic cases in Prowers County, urging residents to take the necessary steps to maintain covid-related safety measures. “In the last six days, we’ve […]

October Monthly Summary from Arkansas River Power Authority

October Monthly Summary from Arkansas River Power Authority

  BUSINESS OPERATIONS – OCTOBER 2020  ARPA to Issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Power Supply: The ARPA Board of Directors, at its September meeting, authorized the General Manager to engage JK Energy Consulting to develop a RFP for power supply that would begin February 1, 2025, to replace an existing power supply contract […]

Utility Board Approves 2021 Budget, Moves Forward on Rate Adjustment

Utility Board Approves 2021 Budget, Moves Forward on Rate Adjustment

    The Lamar Utility Board members discussed the Light Plant’s 2021 budget with Superintendent Houssin Hourieh during their October 13th meeting. The budget includes total revenues in excess of $17.8 million of which $16.4 million is from retail electric sales and the balance generated from wind turbine production. Total operating expenses are estimate at […]

Lamar Utility Board Holds Public Hearing on Proposed Rate Hike

Lamar Utility Board Holds Public Hearing on Proposed Rate Hike

  Andrew Ross, Rate Consultant of Nebraska Municipal Power Pool, provided an updated cost of service and rate design presentation for the Lamar Utility Board prior to its move into a public hearing for proposed changes to the current electric rate schedule on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. He, along with Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin […]

Equipment Removal Underway at Lamar Light Plant

Equipment Removal Underway at Lamar Light Plant

    The process has begun for the eventual removal of the Lamar Repowering Project along North Second and East Maple Streets in Lamar. For the past two days, a crew has been breaking down the Light Plant’s gas turbine, a five-megawatt Merc 50 unit which was purchased by Quantum Power. They subcontracted the transport […]

Lamar Utility Board Explores Rate Options

Lamar Utility Board Explores Rate Options

    The Lamar Utility Board spent the better part of their September 15th meeting discussing rate increase options with Andrew Ross, Director of Retail Utility Services and Member Relations from Nebraska Municipal Power Pool, the firm that conducted the rate analysis for a proposed rate increase to take effect January 1, 2021. The proposed […]

Lamar City Council Opposes LUB Proposed Rate Hike

Lamar City Council Opposes LUB Proposed Rate Hike

  The Lamar City Council unanimously voted to adopt Resolution No. 20-09-01 which opposes a basic rate adjustment for Light Plant customers during their September 14th meeting. Prior to the Lamar Utilities Board public hearing on Tuesday, September 29th, regarding a proposed 1.4% electric rate increase for several classes of customers, including residential, the Lamar […]

Arkansas River Power Authority Business Operations-September 2020

Arkansas River Power Authority Business Operations-September 2020

  ARPA Board Reviews Preliminary 2021 Budget: A preliminary budget was presented to the ARPA Board of Directors at its August 27 meeting that anticipates a rate decrease for 2021. The proposed decrease in the energy rate for 2021 will reduce ARPA’s rate by approximately 3%. The budget includes total revenues of $30.4 million, power […]

LUB Discusses Dismantling of Portions of Lamar Repowering Project

LUB Discusses Dismantling of Portions of Lamar Repowering Project

      Some movement has begun with the dismantling and removal of portions of the Lamar Repowering Project along North Second and East Maple Streets in Lamar. Buyers had been sought for the Project for several years while the equipment has lain idle even since it was determined the coal-fired plant could not live […]

LUB Taking Steps on Rate Study

LUB Taking Steps on Rate Study

    Houssin Hourieh, Lamar Light and Power Superintendent, outlined the Lamar Utility Board’s requests for the Board’s electric rates. The study, conducted by Nebraska Municipal Power Pool (NMPP), presented their findings to the board during the August 11, 2020 meeting. The protocols for any changes require a public hearing for any proposal. The schedule […]