• LPEA Board approves creation of Long-term Strategies Committee 

    Board of Directors subcommittee to evaluate energy needs/alternatives

    During its regularly scheduled meeting today (Jan. 17, 2018), the La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) Board of Directors approved creation of a Long-term Strategies Committee, established to review LPEA’s future energy demands, define the future energy landscape, and evaluate alternatives to meeting the requirements of members over the next 10 to 15 years.

    Board members Guinn Unger (District 4), Britt Bassett (District 3), Bob Lynch (District 1), and Dan Huntington (District 2) were appointed to the committee and have been tasked to initially develop a mission statement and vision for the subcommittee, as well as a procedural list, subject to approval of the full Board of Directors.

    Discussion in the community, as well as in the LPEA board room, has in recent months addressed the question of the value of LPEA’s long-term contract with primary power supplier, Tri-State Generation and Transmission. The new subcommittee will likely study, research and project various options/scenarios for LPEA to provide electricity to its members into the future. The full Board of Directors requires that for all scenarios, the subcommittee must present a list of implications and effects (both positive and negative) for LPEA and its members. These implications could include possible risks, costs, benefits and legal and contractual obligations, as well as likely outcomes.

    The subcommittee will begin meeting promptly and provide its initial findings to the full LPEA board at the regularly scheduled March 21 Board of Directors meeting. At this writing, the subcommittee is designated to have completed its mission prior to LPEA’s Annual Meeting on May 12, 2018.

    The committee does not have the authority to bind LPEA or commit LPEA to any course of action. Any vote or decision taken by the committee in fulfilling its duties and responsibilities shall only be for the purposes of governing the actions of the committee.

    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.