• New Journeyman Linemen join LPEA’s Operations team

    DeBates and Puterbaugh now working to “keep the lights on”

    Journeyman Linemen Brandon DeBates and Joshua Puterbaugh have joined the La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) Operations Department. In the electric utility industry, linemen are responsible for constructing and maintaining electric power transmission and distribution lines and facilities.

    Originally from Sisters, Ore., and now a Bayfield resident, DeBates moved with his family to Durango in 2003 following his high school graduation and entered the trade as a Groundman with the utility construction company WESODI. Prior to joining LPEA, he served as a contractor throughout the state and entered the Journeyman Lineman Apprentice Program with Front Range contractor Mountain States Electric, “journeying out” in 2015.

    Puterbaugh hails from Pennsylvania where he served with the Pennsylvania Power and Light Company for 18 years. From a temporary job at the plant, he worked his way up, entering the Journeyman Lineman Apprentice Program in 2005, “journeying out” in 2009. With family in Colorado, he “came west” in 2016 to join LPEA.

    Journeyman Linemen DeBates and Puterbaugh are based out of LPEA’s Durango headquarters.

    “It’s important that we have skilled and experienced linemen in place,” said Justin Talbot, manager of operations. “Our linemen are the ones who are out there literally on the front lines getting the power back on in all types of conditions. LPEA was fortunate to be able to pick from the best to get our two new linemen.

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




    Brandon DeBates
    Brandon DeBates

    Joshua Puterbaugh
    Joshua Puterbaugh