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  • LPEA to host Energy Efficient Motors & Drives Workshop

    12/16/2011

    Free, comprehensive workshop to cover aspects of new, energy efficient motors

    DURANGO, Colo. – La Plata Electric Association (LPEA), with support of USDA Rural Development and Tri-State Generation and Transmission, will continue its Free Information Series with the Energy Efficient Motors & Drives Workshop, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at LPEA headquarters, 45 Stewart Street (Bodo Park), Durango.

    The day-long event is designed to provide those with intermediate knowledge of electric motors and their operation an in-depth overview of newer energy and premium efficient motors, including economic and operational considerations important when selecting new motors.

    “We are pleased to be able to present Greg Stark, a licensed professional engineer and lecturer at Texas A&M’s Biological & Agricultural Engineering Department,” said Sue Maxwell, LPEA project specialist. “He is an expert on electrical energy systems, electronic controls and management of agricultural processing systems, and we’re looking forward to the information he will provide.”

    The workshop is designed for operations and maintenance staff involved in selecting, operating and maintaining motors in their facilities, as well as any individuals or small businesses, including water companies and irrigators, who would benefit from keeping current on new technology and maintaining equipment at peak efficiency.

    Course content includes discussions of motor speed, torque and power, motor efficiency, protecting energy efficient motors, variable frequency/adjustable speed drives and more. Lunch will be served.

    “The goal is to provide a solid understanding of the energy/premium efficient motor,” said Mark Schwantes, LPEA manager of corporate services. “What it is, how its operating characteristics can vary from older motors, as well as the efficiency and economic implications of selecting motors, and how to electrically protect newer energy efficient motors.”

    Workshop presenter Greg Stark earned both his bachelors and masters in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Formerly executive director of the Texas Agri-Business Electric Council, Stark has co-authored more than 40 technical publications. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, Texas Safety Association and Professional Ag Workers of Texas.

    Because lunch will be served, those planning to attend are asked to RSVP to Sue Maxwell, 970.382.7170 or smaxwell@lpea.coop.

    LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with in excess of 42,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible. For additional information, contact LPEA at 970.247.5786 or visit www.lpea.coop.

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