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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 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 […]

LUB Notes Formal Suit Against SECPA, Develops Reimbursement Plan for Delinquent Accounts

LUB Notes Formal Suit Against SECPA, Develops Reimbursement Plan for Delinquent Accounts

    The Lamar Utility Board paid $794,852.17 in purchase orders for May and a portion of June, of which $780,792.86 required board approval. This included $653,244.45 for the estimated power purchase for June from Arkansas River Power Authority. Payment of bills amounted to $166,418. Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh, explained the bidding for line […]

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 […]

Lamar Light Plant Conducts Pole Repairs

Lamar Light Plant Conducts Pole Repairs

    Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh informed the Utility Board members a vehicle struck and broke off a 40 foot wooden pole along Willow Valley Road Monday afternoon, March 2nd. The resulting power outage impacted customers in the Willow Valley area. The pole was replaced with a ductile iron pole for added strength […]

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 Utilities Board Sets ECA Rates for 2020

Lamar Utilities Board Sets ECA Rates for 2020

      Members of the Lamar Utility Board attended their final meeting of 2019 to consider approval of a 2020 Electric Cost Adjustment to customer’s utility bills as well as approve a resolution adopting a modification to the annual charger appropriation adjustment tariff which is paid to the City of Lamar each year. An […]

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 […]

City Pays off Water Bond

City Pays off Water Bond

    Kristin McCrea, City Treasurer explained to the council, the city’s Series 2009 Water Activity Revenue Refunding Bonds were paid in full on June 17, 2019 and the balance is now down to $0.00 and there are no further obligations for the District to pay interest and principal on the bonds. The Water Bond […]

Light Plant/ARPA Scholarship Winners Announced

Light Plant/ARPA Scholarship Winners Announced

    Three area students will receive $1,000 each in the 2019 Lamar Utility Board/ARPA Scholarship contest. They are:  Giselle Sanchez from Lamar High School, Blake Wilson from Wiley High School and Jordan Parker from McClave High School.  There were seven applications this year with three from Lamar and McClave and one from Wiley.  LUB […]

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 […]

LUB Recaps Recent Power Outage

LUB Recaps Recent Power Outage

The Lamar Utility board held a brief meeting on Tuesday, March 12th as they tabled a planned customer presentation regarding Solar Interconnect with Lamar Light and Power.  A group of citizens who use solar power to offset a portion of their electrical costs have approached board members in the past, seeking a clarification of the […]

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 […]