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Lamar Light Plant Announces Scholarship Topic

Lamar Light Plant Announces Scholarship Topic

  Applications are being accepted for the 2016/2017 scholarship program at Lamar Light and Power. Superintendent Houssin Hourieh informed board members this past week about the annual program which combines a $500 donation from the Light Plant with a $500 donation from Arkansas River Power Authority for seniors from Wiley, Lamar and McClave high schools.  […]

LUB Reviews 2016 Draft Budget for Lamar Repowering Project

LUB Reviews 2016 Draft Budget for Lamar Repowering Project

  “This is a bare bones budget,” according to Houssin Hourieh, Lamar Light Plant Superintendent. He remarked that overall; it’s 27% lower than last year’s submission sent to ARPA for approval under their Joint Operating Agreement. ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority, needs to have the budget submitted to them by August 1. 2016 revenues are […]

ARPA and City of Lamar Perspectives on Required Demolition Permit

ARPA and City of Lamar Perspectives on Required Demolition Permit

The City of Lamar and ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority, have been at legal loggerheads for the past year over the failed Lamar Repowering Project, its ultimate disposition and the ability to default on the construction bonds used to build the coal fired plant. The plant has been offline since late 2011.  In September 2014, […]

ARPA to Decide on Future of the Lamar Repowering Project

ARPA to Decide on Future of the Lamar Repowering Project

Arkansas River Power Authority General Manager, Rick Rigel, briefed members of the Lamar Utility Board regarding what may become of the Lamar Repowering Project.  There are basically two alternatives to consider.  One would be to place the plant in cold standby until approximately 2024 with no guarantee that it will perform up to expectations at […]

Lamar Utility Board, City Council and ARPA Hold Executive Session

Lamar Utility Board, City Council and ARPA Hold Executive Session

  Members of the Lamar Utilities Board and Lamar City Council met in executive session Tuesday, January 28, at the Light Plant offices, to receive legal advice on Specific Legal Questions Regarding a Report on Multi-Party Mediation, Attorney/Client Communication.  Attorneys John Lefferdink and Garth Nieschburg, along with ARPA General Manager, Rick Rigel was in attendance […]

Lamar Utilities Board Approves 2014 Budget, Cook Leaves for City Council

Lamar Utilities Board Approves 2014 Budget, Cook Leaves for City Council

The Lamar Utilities Board approved the budget for 2014 for Lamar Light and Power operations, tabled from their October 15 meeting.  One portion of the budget focuses on the Lamar Repowering Project.  Those expenses are funded through ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority.  The other portion determines the revenue requirements needed from electric retail rates consisting […]

Repairs for Light Plant Turbine, LUB Discusses ARPA Contract

Repairs for Light Plant Turbine, LUB Discusses ARPA Contract

  An original wind turbine gearbox owned by Lamar Light and Power needs to be replaced, according to Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh.  The turbines, located several miles east of Lamar, are now a decade old.  The T-1 turbine is offline because of an abnormal amount of metal shavings found in the unit’s oil filter.  The estimated […]

Irrigation Decline Could Impact Light Plant Revenue

Irrigation Decline Could Impact Light Plant Revenue

Houssin Hourieh, Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, outlined the recent sales of electricity report for this past May during board members bi-monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 9.  Year to date sales of electricity were 3.4% lower than this same time last year.  Residential customers were approximately 0.5% higher and Commercial and Industrial sales had decreased 5.7% […]

We Can’t Continue with These Electric Rates

We Can’t Continue with These Electric Rates

  Arkansas River Power Authority directors heard from three business owner/operators and a Prowers County Commissioner on how electric rates tied to the Lamar Repowering Project will stifle business growth.  The director’s monthly meeting was held in Springfield this past Thursday, May 30.  The meetings rotate among six ARPA community members.  Jim Miller, owner of […]

Electricity=1, Snake=0

Electricity=1, Snake=0

    Power was disrupted to the southern section of Lamar mid-morning this past Sunday, May 26, when a snake managed to gain access to the LAMFO substation of Lamar Light and Power.  The unauthorized entry came at a price as the snake was zapped as it tripped the main transformer, causing an outage that […]

Commissioners Review Anti-Marijuana Ordinance, Disposal of E-waste and Valco Pond

Commissioners Review Anti-Marijuana Ordinance, Disposal of E-waste and Valco Pond

The Prowers County Commissioners covered several agenda items during their meeting this past Thursday, May 16.  John Sutherland and Pat Mason from the City of Lamar discussed initiating written messages or emails between the city and county when materials or equipment is loaned.  “I know we’ve had a good relationship in the past among departments […]

LUB/ARPA Award Student Scholarships

LUB/ARPA Award Student Scholarships

The February 2013 financial report for Lamar Light and Power was presented to utility board members during their meeting, Tuesday, May 14.    Total operating revenue for February is $992,696 with operating costs of $800,987 for a gross operating profit of $191,710.  The net income for the month was $58,968.    Year to date operating revenues for […]

ARPA Responds to LUB Meeting Request, LUB Youth Job Program Starts in June

ARPA Responds to LUB Meeting Request, LUB Youth Job Program Starts in June

  Area high school students between 18-21 years of age who have completed their junior year of high school can apply to Lamar Light and Power for employment in the company’s summer youth jobs program.  The annual seasonal program offers temporary employment beginning June 3 for eight to ten weeks through the summer.  The program […]

Commissioners, Businesses Continue to Push for ARPA Meeting

Commissioners, Businesses Continue to Push for ARPA Meeting

  People still want answers from Arkansas River Power Authority regarding the electric rate structure pertaining to the Lamar Repowering Project and the status and ownership of the bonds sold to finance the conversion of the Lamar natural gas facility to the coal generated plant. The plant has been offline since December before last. Construction […]

Commissioners Hear Businessmen's Concerns over Electric Rates

Commissioners Hear Businessmen’s Concerns over Electric Rates

  Going to ARPA for Answers  Several of the county’s major commercial electric users addressed their concerns regarding the high cost of local utilities and its potential negative impact on new and current businesses to the Prowers County Commissioners during their Thursday, February 21 meeting.  Doug Morris of JBS Five Rivers,  and Rick Robbins of Colorado […]

Lamar Light Plant Could Remain Idle for Years

Lamar Light Plant Could Remain Idle for Years

  Rick Rigel, General Manager for ARPA, addressed the Lamar Utility Board on the regional power supplier’s current financial status through this past August.  During the Tuesday, October 9 meeting, Rigel also outlined ARPA’s 2013 budget and discussed the challenges and goals the company will face next year.  Rigel mentioned the possibility that the Repowering […]

Major Power Purchaser Voices Electric Rate Concern to LUB

Major Power Purchaser Voices Electric Rate Concern to LUB

“My electric bill last month was $15,000 and I and several other local business owners are considering our options on future power purchases from the light plant,” stated Jim Miller, President and sole proprietor of the Ports to Plains Travel Plaza located west of Lamar off Highway 50.  Miller voiced those concerns during the Lamar […]

Lamar Utility Board Rethinking ARPA Relationship

Lamar Utility Board Rethinking ARPA Relationship

Prompted, perhaps in part by questions about high electric fees from Colorado Beef representatives, members of the Lamar Utility Board have decided they’ve reached the point where they need to discuss options regarding their contract relationship with ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority.  The Lamar Utility Board sat down with Doug Morris and Jim Mullins from […]

Repowering Project Restart Pushed Back to July

Repowering Project Restart Pushed Back to July

Additional work on the project’s air compression piping system has pushed back the online operation date from June to July, according Rick Rigel, Lamar Light and Power Plant Superintendent. Rigel told the utilities board, about half the insurance claim for the outage has been approved. The remainder is for the expense for removing and stock […]

Lamar Utility Board Delays Rate Hike

Lamar Utility Board Delays Rate Hike

The automatic 2.5% rate hike, set to go in effect in June for Lamar Light and Power customers, will be deferred until November. Light plant superintendent Rick Rigel said the current finances and cash reserves are, “in pretty good shape right now.” Rigel added that the light plant is also receiving monthly payments of $26,000 […]