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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.