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Lamar Utility Board Reviews 2022 Budget

Lamar Utility Board Reviews 2022 Budget

    Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, provided a view of the proposed Capital Improvement and Operation and Maintenance segments of the 2022 budget for Utility Board members on Tuesday, August 24th. A substantial amount of the budget is for repeat expenses and remaining generally in line with the previous year’s financial projection.  Capital Improvement […]

Lamar Utility Board Reviews Meter Use, Recaps LPR Clean-Up

Lamar Utility Board Reviews Meter Use, Recaps LPR Clean-Up

      Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, brought the Lamar Utility Board up to date on a brief history of tracking numbers for customer meters which has been performed every month of May since 1999.  That month, there were 5,778 connected meters for 4,056 customers with a high in 2003 of 5,836 connected […]

Lamar Utility Board Reviews Favorable Court Decision in SECPA Lawsuit

Lamar Utility Board Reviews Favorable Court Decision in SECPA Lawsuit

    The Lamar Utility Board met in regular session Tuesday, June 29th to discuss the Public Utility Commission’s decision to affirm the recommended decision of Administration Law Judge, Conor Farley, in favor of LUB in its lawsuit against Southeast Colorado Power Association. Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, noted the PUC affirmed all key parts […]

Electric Sales will Begin to Peak with the Heat

Electric Sales will Begin to Peak with the Heat

        Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh informed the Lamar Utility Board during its June 15th meeting that sales of electricity through May 2021 are down 0.59% compared to this period last year.  Residential sales were up 4.2%, irrigation sales were down almost 40% and commercial/industrial sales were down approximately 1.13%.  These […]

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 Receives 2020 Power Sales Review

LUB Receives 2020 Power Sales Review

  Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, informed the Lamar Utility Board members at sales of electricity through this past December 2020 were up approximately 1.14% when compared to the same period in 2019. Residential sales were up approximately 4.12%, irrigation sales were up approximately 7.78% and commercial/industrial sales were down approximately 1.69%. Those three […]

Lamar Utility Board Receives Update on SECPA Legal Action

Lamar Utility Board Receives Update on SECPA Legal Action

      Houssin Hourieh, Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, provided an update for the board on February 9th, on the board’s legal action against SECPA, Southeast Colorado Power Association. On January 25th and 26th, Hourieh, board chairman, Doug Thrall, board attorney, Don Steerman and case attorney, Ric Fanyo attended a virtual hearing for the Public […]

LUB Starts Work for 2021

LUB Starts Work for 2021

  The Lamar Utilities Board began their 2021 meeting sessions on Tuesday, January 12th continuing to observe pandemic protocols. Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh informed the board of continuing upgrades to sections of the plant including the 5-4kv distribution circuits power protection relays in the plant. The current relays date back to the 1960s. No […]

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 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 […]

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 Holds In-Person Monthly Meeting, Will Work with Delinquent Accounts

LUB Holds In-Person Monthly Meeting, Will Work with Delinquent Accounts

    The Lamar Utility Board held an in-person meeting on Tuesday, May 26th but restricted attendance to ten persons in order to maintain social distancing protocols. Light Plant employees have been adhering to the “Stay at Home” and “Safer at Home” orders from the state and as of March 26th, shifts were modified to […]

Lamar Utility Board Presents Offer to May Valley Water Association

Lamar Utility Board Presents Offer to May Valley Water Association

          May Valley Water Association is asking the Lamar Utilities Board for rate-relief on their power bills for service at Rd PP and Rd 5. Spokesperson Rick Jones and several May Valley customers presented their request to the LUB during its February 25th meeting this past Tuesday. Jones presented Light Plant […]

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 […]

Lamar Utility Board Gains Member, Loses Member

Lamar Utility Board Gains Member, Loses Member

    Lamar resident, Jay Brooke became the latest Lamar Utility Board member with his oath of office, administered prior to the January 28th meeting by County Court Judge, Lane Porter. Brooke’s new position comes at the same time that Leo Hernandez tended his resignation to the board effective, January 26th after serving for seven […]