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Light Plant Coal Conveyer Down, Smoke Stack is Next

Light Plant Coal Conveyer Down, Smoke Stack is Next

    Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, told the utility board members that now that the coal conveyer that spanned East Maple Street has been removed, the stacks associated with the Lamar Repowering Project will be the next pieces of equipment that are removed from the area off North Second and Maple Streets. “You […]

Near Misses for Power Disruptions for Light Plant

Near Misses for Power Disruptions for Light Plant

  The Lamar Utility Board met in regular session on Tuesday, April 13th and approved $786,572 in purchase orders of which $632,781.31 were from Arkansas River Power Authority for the March estimate of power consumed.  Total purchase orders were $808.312.46.  The board also approved payment of monthly bills amounting to $263,215.59. Two bids were solicited […]

LUB Wraps Up 2020 in Final Meeting of the Year

LUB Wraps Up 2020 in Final Meeting of the Year

    The Lamar Utility Board held its final meeting of 2020 on December 15th by approving Resolution 20-12-05, adopting a modification to the Charter Appropriation Adjustment, an annual housekeeping action that establishes the adjustment for 2021, according to Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh. Since 2009, a tariff entitled “Charter Appropriation Adjustment” allows the board […]

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 […]

LUB Reviews Current Finances

LUB Reviews Current Finances

    The Lamar Utility Board’s final October meeting was brief this past Tuesday, October 29th it was also the final meeting for Roger Stagner, who as Mayor of Lamar, acted as the LUB liaison for the city council. As he will no longer be mayor after November 11th, the council has the option of […]

Lamar Utility Board Advised on 2020 Budget

Lamar Utility Board Advised on 2020 Budget

    Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, noted that budget talks for 2020 are underway and Capital Outlay will include the scheduled 69KV breaker upgrade, distribution system upgrades, tree trimmings, wind turbine maintenance and safety and training education. An early estimate shows Capital Improvement projects at $985,000 and Operations and Maintenance at $527,500. Purchase […]

Reorganization Vote Held for the Lamar Utility Board

Reorganization Vote Held for the Lamar Utility Board

    The Lamar Utility Board conducted a reorganization of the board, voting for and appointing members to specific posts during their regular August 13th meeting.  The action was called for due to a continued vacant seat for one board member and the re-appointment of Doug Thrall to the board after his regular term expired.  […]

July 19th was Light Plant Peak Energy Demand

July 19th was Light Plant Peak Energy Demand

  Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh presented the board with the June, 2019 financial report showing few significant changes to the balance sheet with cash down $81,026 from May and accounts receivable increased by $158,047. He attributed a portion of the decline to a cooler than expected June and lower irrigation usage. Despite the […]

Lamar Utility Board Approves Resolution on Damage Prevention Safety Program

Lamar Utility Board Approves Resolution on Damage Prevention Safety Program

    The Lamar Utility Board voted in favor of Resolution 19-06-01 during their regular meeting, Tuesday, June 25th, which delegates to the Safety Commission of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Division of Oil and Public Safety, its damage prevention safety program as it pertains to Underground Damage Prevention during future excavations.  The […]

Turbine Repairs Impact Power Generation

Turbine Repairs Impact Power Generation

    First quarter wind turbine data indicates that the Lamar Light Plant’s three wind turbines have generated 1.821.01 MWH’s of electricity with an average capacity of 15.98% so far in 2019. First quarter power generation is approximately 35.97% lower than the same time frame in 2018.  The T-1 wind turbine is still off-line and […]

LUB Recaps Another Storm and Outages

LUB Recaps Another Storm and Outages

    Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, briefed the Utilities Board on power outages that occurred on Wednesday, March 13th in the Lamar service area. The report read that at about 12:00am on Wednesday, March 13th, the LAMSO substation tripped off-line due to a bus differential fault which was caused by a failed voltage […]

Lamar Utilities Board Reschedules Meeting with Solar Customers

Lamar Utilities Board Reschedules Meeting with Solar Customers

      The Lamar Utility Board will reschedule a planned meeting with solar customers, tentatively set for March 12th at the Light Plant offices at 100 North Second Street.  The customers have been meeting with members of the Prowers Economic Prosperity board and will make a full presentation of their concerns regarding solar interconnect […]

Lamar Utility Board Reviews Proposed 2019 Budget for Light Plant

Lamar Utility Board Reviews Proposed 2019 Budget for Light Plant

    The Lamar Utility Board reviewed their draft proposal for the 2019 budget for the Transmission and Distribution Operation of the Light Plant during their September 25th meeting.  Estimated revenues for 2019 are $15,859,323 for charges for services, based on sales of electric power to all customers.  Investment earnings show an estimated increase at […]

LUB Ponders Accepting Springfield Wind Turbine

LUB Ponders Accepting Springfield Wind Turbine

  Several bids for various power poles were entertained by the Lamar Utilities Board during their June 26th meeting.  Forty-five, 40 foot poles from McFarland Cascade were approved at $36,945; an assortment of 12, 55 foot and 50 foot steel poles were bid with Electrotech providing the low price at $22,652.  Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin […]

Light Plant Superintendent Briefs Utility Board on Tri-State Power Purchase Agreement

Light Plant Superintendent Briefs Utility Board on Tri-State Power Purchase Agreement

    The Lamar Utilities Board met without sufficient members to form a quorum this past Tuesday, June 12, so no official votes could be taken regarding purchase order approval or payment of bills. Instead, Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh provided details for the on-going Power Purchase Agreement between ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority and […]