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Colorado Country Life ─ Watt's Up At La Plata Electric Association, Inc. August 2019
Q: I understand management is changing at LPEA. What’s up and what’s the timing?
A: Yes, CEO Mike Dreyspring has retired, though he will remain available remotely for consult with LPEA’s new CEO Jessica Matlock, who began work officially at LPEA on July 22. By the time this publication is distributed, we expect our new CEO to have begun getting out and about and meeting members and learning about her new community. She also looks forward to hosting community listening sessions with members. Her email address is email@example.com. Please welcome our new CEO, but please do have patience and give her a little breathing space to learn about our corner of paradise. Aside from natives, don’t we all remember the learning curve when we moved here?
Colorado Country Life ─ Watt's Up At La Plata Electric Association, Inc. July 2019
Q: What was going on with the unusual helicopter flying the transmission line between Bayfield and Pagosa last month? With all the fears about our grid, it was a little unsettling.
A: Yes, that was LPEA partnering with ESC Engineering to conduct a helicopter flyover/data collection of LPEA’s transmission assets in east La Plata County and west Archuleta County. The effort was part of LPEA’s on-going maintenance program to ensure reliability and upgrade service to members in Archuleta County. It’s an efficient and cost-effective way to gather data and inspect the lines located in rugged and forested terrain, such as the San Juan National Forest. We anticipate improvements to be made and new equipment to be built along that corridor to ensure reliability. But the first step is gathering data. ESC is an electrical engineering consulting firm that provides a full spectrum of services, including design, planning, control systems and automation integration.
Colorado Country Life ─ Watt's Up At La Plata Electric Association, Inc. March 2019
Q: Somebody told me LPEA has a tree trimming program to help mitigate damage to lines from downed branches during the heavy, wet snow storms. Can you tell me more?
A: Yes, LPEA has a very proactive tree trimming program. We employ professional arborists essentially throughout the year to patrol our service territory and trim or remove any hazardous trees that have the potential of falling/breaking and impacting the electric distribution system. While the contractors make the round throughout the year, they can’t be everywhere at all times, so it is of great benefit for LPEA consumer-members to keep an eye on the trees on their property or in their neighborhood, and let LPEA know (970) 247-5786 if you spot a tree that could potentially damage the distribution system and cause outages. This private “spotting” is especially important on private property, as LPEA contractors do not patrol in your backyards. Trees are trimmed free-of-charge to consumer-members, and if a tree is felled, the wood is left for the homeowner’s use. While we love our trees, it is prudent for maintenance of the electricity distribution system to employ the tree trimming program.
Colorado Country Life ─ Watt's Up At La Plata Electric Association, Inc. February 2019
Q: I like the Usage Explorer in LPEA’s SmartHub application on your webpage. Thank you for making that available. I’m wondering if there is an option to download a CSV of the data?
A: Thank you for taking advantage of our Usage Management opportunities. Yes, on the Usage Management page (at www.lpea.coop) consumer-members can download data to either an XML or CSV file. You can download up to a 14-month span of monthly, daily or hourly data and track your energy usage.
The XML file is in the Green Button format, which is an industry-led initiative to provide utility customers with easy and secure access to their usage information in a consumer-friendly and computer-friendly format. The XML data can be uploaded to an online service to assist with energy management. To learn more, visit www.greenbuttondata.org/residential.html.
Colorado Country Life ─ Watt's Up At La Plata Electric Association, Inc. January 2019
Q: I understand that rates for those of us on residential Time-of-Use have changed. Can you clarify?
A: Yes… the Base Charge of $20 per month remains the same. Using electricity in the On-peak periods (Monday-Saturday, 6-9 a.m. and 5-10 p.m.) has been adjusted from $0.23 per kWh to $0.233 per kWh. Off-peak period (Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and 10 p.m.-6 a.m., and all-day Sunday) rates have been adjusted from $0.059 per kWh to the new $0.062 per kWh. The holiday Off-peak days remain the same. Contact LPEA Customer Service, 970.247.5786 if you have any questions.