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City of Durango and United Way of the Southwest award 2023 Community Support Funds

By |2023-02-15T10:37:31-07:00February 15th, 2023|Home Page, Power Local|

City of Durango and The United Way of the Southwest Colorado award 2023 Community Support Funds. Thanks to the City of Durango for supporting Local First's work in shaping a thriving, self-reliant Durango through the Community Support Fund! With $250,000 awarded to 28 local non-profits, Local First Foundation is grateful to be included [...]

The Energy Transition is about People Power

By |2022-03-11T12:18:35-07:00February 19th, 2022|Home Page, Power Local|

The Energy Transition is about People Power This article was originally published by clean energy nonprofit Generation180. Illustration credit to Alllie Sullberg. (https://www.alliesullberg.com/) By now, you might have a pretty good sense of what the clean energy future looks like, at least from a technological standpoint. Maybe your neighbors are installing [...]

A win-win in Southwestern Colorado

By |2022-03-11T11:38:57-07:00February 18th, 2022|Home Page, Power Local|

A win-win in Southwestern Colorado Article originally published on 2/17/22 at BigPivots.com, written by Allen Best Why La Plata Electric thinks splitting only one sheet with Tri-State Generation and Transmission is the best way forward Tim Wheeler may have had the best line among the directors of La Plata Electric Association [...]

Setting goals is a positive first step

By |2019-10-31T12:14:25-06:00September 7th, 2019|Home Page, Power Local|

Printed in the Durango Herald September 7, 2019 Setting Goals is a positive first step “If you aim for nothing, you'll hit it every time.” This famous quote coined by Zig Ziglar was taken to heart by the City of Durango on August 20th at their regularly scheduled board meeting (see Herald August 27th [...]

The push for local, renewable energy

By |2019-06-17T13:57:32-06:00May 18th, 2019|Home Page, Power Local|

Printed in the Durango Herald May 23, 2019 The push for local, renewable energy The La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) Board election on May 2 has transformed the Board of Directors into a strong majority of forward-thinking individuals who advocate for local, renewable energy. This is a reflection of the growing demand, as expressed [...]

Public Utilities Commission Supports Reasonable Buyout Amount

By |2019-02-17T16:34:26-07:00February 17th, 2019|Home Page, Power Local|

Big news today in the renewable energy and rural electric cooperative world: the CO Public Utilities Commission (PUC) ruled that it has the authority to determine whether Tri-State is charging Delta Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) a just and reasonable price to buy out of its contract. In fact, the PUC rejected Tri-State’s argument to dismiss the case [...]

Kit Carson Electric setting national example for renewable energy

By |2018-04-19T11:09:24-06:00April 19th, 2018|Power Local|

Full article at the Durango Herald By Mary Shinn City & health reporter Saturday, April 14, 2018 5:05 AM Northern New Mexico co-op Kit Carson Electric Association bought out of its Tri-State Generation and Transmission contract in 2016, giving it the freedom to build solar arrays across its three-county area to serve its 29,000 electric members. [...]

Renewed Energy

By |2018-03-08T12:38:16-07:00March 8th, 2018|Power Local|

Re-posted from the Durango Telegraph, March 8, 2018 Renewed energy Local groups file motion, spotlighting region's renewable energy debate The landscape in La Plata Electric Association's service territory isn't suited for all types of renewable energy. Ones that could work include biomass, hydroelectric and solar. Small hydroelectric projects could be utilized along local rivers, [...]

Kit Carson CEO Responds to LPEA CEO

By |2018-03-08T12:05:22-07:00March 4th, 2018|Power Local|

ORIGINAL SOURCE: PAGOSA DAILY POST OPINION: Kit Carson Electric Cooperative Responds to Tri-State Debate BY SPECIAL TO THE POST · MARCH 2, 2018 By Luis A. Reyes Jr. In recent days, the topic of energy providers has emerged as a polarizing issue with information — some accurate, some patently false — being disseminated through public opinion forums [...]

Incredible News: Unanimous Vote of the LPEA Board!

By |2018-03-08T12:06:30-07:00February 21st, 2018|Power Local|

AGREEING TO EXPLORE OUR ENERGY FUTURE From the February 20th blog post: Who doesn’t want to think long-term when considering business plans, your home, or the future of your child? Apparently, the LPEA Board of Directors do not have a majority when it comes to setting the course for a long-term strategy on behalf [...]

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