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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 […]

LUB Notes Annual Meter/Customer Count, Welcomes Stagner as New Board Member

LUB Notes Annual Meter/Customer Count, Welcomes Stagner as New Board Member

    Roger Stagner, former Lamar Mayor, became the newest Lamar Utility Board member this past Tuesday, July 14th, filling a vacancy that had been left open. Stagner previously served on the board for ten years, acting as the City of Lamar’s liaison through his position as mayor. Jay Brooke, who has been a board […]

Arkansas River Power Authority - BUSINESS OPERATIONS – JUNE 2020

Arkansas River Power Authority – BUSINESS OPERATIONS – JUNE 2020

ARPA Scholarship Program: In 2000 ARPA established a College Scholarship Program that awards a $1,000 scholarship to one high school senior in each of the high schools served by ARPA members. The Program is administered through the member municipalities of Holly, La Junta, Lamar, Las Animas, Springfield and Trinidad. The scholarships are funded equally between […]

ARPA BUSINESS OPERATIONS – MAY 2020

ARPA BUSINESS OPERATIONS – MAY 2020

  ARPA Board Holds its Annual Election of Officers: The ARPA Board of Directors held officer elections at its meeting on April 30. Board Members elected to continue serving as officers through April 2021 include Rick Stwalley (Las Animas), President; Lorenz Sutherland (La Junta), Vice President; Gary Cranson (La Junta), Treasurer; and ARPA staff member, […]

Lamar Utility Board Notes Power Outage, Scholarship Winners

Lamar Utility Board Notes Power Outage, Scholarship Winners

    Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh presented the monthly System Operating Report for board members during the teleconference meeting on May 12th. The annual LUB/ARPA scholarship awards for 2020 were announced. There were six applications for the combined $1,000 award with ARPA and the LUB contributing equal funding to each of the winners. There […]

ARPA Board Elects Directors, Notes Anticipated Revenue Decline Due to Virus

ARPA Board Elects Directors, Notes Anticipated Revenue Decline Due to Virus

    Election of Arkansas River Power Authority board of officers showed no change in the directors’ line-up from 2019-2020 during the monthly meeting, Thursday, April 30th. Officers are: Rick Stwalley-President, Lorenz Sutherland-Vice President, Gary Cranson-Treasurer, Arvenia Morris-Secretary and Rick Rigel as ARPA General Manager. Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, noted under the operating […]

Lamar Utility Board Purchasing Replacement Equipment

Lamar Utility Board Purchasing Replacement Equipment

    The Lamar Utility Board met via teleconferencing this past Tuesday, April 28th and took action to replace various line materials, LED yard and street lights, and raptor protection devices. Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh noted the LED lighting is for stock inventory used to maintain street and yard lighting. Four bids were received […]

Arkansas River Power Authority Business Operations – MARCH 2020

Arkansas River Power Authority Business Operations – MARCH 2020

  ARPA Scholarship Program. In 2000 the Arkansas River Power Authority Board of Directors established a College Scholarship Program. The Program is administered through our member municipalities of Holly, La Junta, Lamar, Las Animas, Springfield and Trinidad, Colorado. The scholarship is awarded to one high school senior in each member municipality. The total scholarship award […]

ARPA Business Operations – FEBRUARY 2020

ARPA Business Operations – FEBRUARY 2020

    Town of Holly Appoints Mike Tanner to ARPA Board Of Directors. Mike Tanner, who recently accepted the position of Administrator for the Town of Holly, was appointed to a five-year term on the ARPA Board of Directors by the Holly Board of Trustees. Mr. Tanner moved to Holly from Barling, AR. He holds […]

LUB Takes Preventative Steps for Wind Turbines

LUB Takes Preventative Steps for Wind Turbines

  Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, presented the monthly system operating report to the board on Tuesday, February 11th, noting that wind turbine generation data for 2019 showed that Lamar’s three turbines have generated 9,949.82 MWH’s of electricity, which is about 6.12% lower than in 2018. The turbines have an average capacity factor of […]

LUB Begins 2020 with Financial Report and Board Candidate

LUB Begins 2020 with Financial Report and Board Candidate

    The Lamar Utility Board held its first meeting of 2020 and approved $707,237.61 in purchase orders from a total of $734,496.38 submitted for payment. Of that the ARPA power estimate for December was $647,508.04. Repairs for the gear box on wind turbine #4 were $17,110.22. Total payment of monthly bills amounted to $1,029,105.05. […]