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ARPA Board Continues to Evaluate Power Plant Options

Press Release At its meeting on September 25, the Arkansas River Power Authority (ARPA) Board of Directors approved a resolution finding that it would be economically beneficial to dispose of and/or decommission the Lamar Repowering Project, rather than continue to maintain it in “cold standby”. This finding was based on reports prepared by a variety […]

Trinidad City Council Approves Settlement with ARPA

  Trinidad City Council Approves Settlement  By NEWS RELEASE on Thursday, July 31st, 2014 In a Special Meeting held on July 29, 2014 the City of Trinidad, Colorado approved the Settlement Agreement with the Arkansas River Power Authority (“ARPA”) and Syncora Guarantee Inc., which resolves the City of Trinidad, Colorado v. Arkansas River Power Authority, […]

Decision Time for Lamar City Council on ARPA

As ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority, representatives weigh their options on whether to place the Lamar Repowering Project in cold standby status or decommission the coal plant, the Lamar City Council sought suggestions for their next steps from residents during a public meeting Wednesday, July 2.  The ARPA board will meet to ponder and perhaps […]

Prowers County Commissioners Review ARPA /Repowering Project Scenarios

The public has a choice of two meetings to learn about developments relating to the ARPA Lamar Repowering Project and the two basic choices Arkansas River Power Authority board members may take to determine the outcome of the coal-fired plant in Lamar.  Meetings will be held on June 25 and June 30, at 7pm, both […]

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 […]

ARPA Files Suit Against Babcock & Wilcox

On February 28, 2014 the Arkansas River Power Authority filed a lawsuit against Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group, Inc. (B&W) which supplied the coal-fired steam boiler for the Lamar Repowering Project. The boiler was never able to meet its emissions guarantees.   As a result of B&W’s failure to deliver a fully functioning boiler capable […]

ARPA Bringing Lawsuit Against Light Plant Boiler Manufacturer

ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority, is going back to court.  The utility company filed to bring a lawsuit against the boiler manufacturer used in the Lamar Repowering Project.  Babcock & Wilcox, according to a news release from ARPA, “has failed to deliver a fully functioning Boiler for the Lamar Repowering Project and failed to meet the […]

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

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% […]

ARPA Resolves Years Long Legal Battle with WildEarth Guardians

  ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority and the Lamar Utilities Board have ended their legal battles dating back to 2009 with the environmental group, WildEarth Guardians, over the emissions levels from the Lamar Repowering Project.  The agreement resolves two lawsuits filed against the utilities relating to air emissions levels.  The utilities groups will pay $450,000 […]

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 […]

No Leeway for Electric Rate Reductions in Near Future

  The Lamar Repowering Project and the debt service needed to pay the construction bonds is here to stay, whether the plant is producing electricity or placed in cold storage.  And if the rates for purchasing power from a grid, as is being done now seem high, the rates would probably be higher if the […]

Repowering Project Upgrades May Run through 2013

  ARPA, Arkansas River Power Authority, provided utility board members with a written update on the status of the Repowering Project.  The boiler manufacturer, Babcock and Wilcox, has continued to make modifications to allow the unit to operate at maximum potential without exceeding emissions limitations stipulated in the light plant air quality permit.  To date, […]

Light Plant Parts Arriving in Spring

  The Lamar Repowering Project may not refire its boilers for new emissions tests until this July, according to Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh.  Hourieh informed Utility Board members that a deal to purchase two 600HP air compressors was finalized by the boiler manufacturers on January 18.  Babcock and Wilcox will use the new equipment […]

Boiler Design Flaws Plague Repowering Project

  The Lamar Utility Board spent their last meeting of 2012 looking ahead to the spring of 2013 when light plant officials hope to see a successful test and tuning of the Repowering Project boilers.  The boilers have been offline for almost two years due to what has been determined to be design flaws.  ARPA […]

2013 Lamar Light Plant Budget Approved

  Lamar Utility Board members approved the 2013 budget for the Lamar Light Plant after a brief review of questions several members had voiced at the previous board meeting on October 9.  There were no changes in the budget, but some aspects of it were highlighted with regard to some of the financial responsibilities that […]

Lamar Utility Board Reviews Customer Disconnect Policies

  Most of the discussion during the August 29 Lamar Utility Board meeting focused on items not specifically on the agenda.   Lamar Light Plant Superintendent Houssin Hourieh discussed the rules and regulations pertaining to policies for re-connect and disconnect for electric service, mostly for residential customers.  The Light Plant follows at 70 page document set […]

Boiler Adjustment Plans Expected by September at Lamar Light Plant

  Houssin Hourieh, Lamar Light Plant Superintendent, said representatives from the plant’s boiler manufacturer, Babcock and Wilcox, may submit some design plans in four to six weeks time.  Hourieh shared the information with the Lamar Utilities Board during their meeting, Tuesday, July 24.  Babcock and Wilcox also had representatives to the light plant last week, […]

ARPA/Repowering Project Letter of Support from Area Mayors

The Lamar City Council recently ratified Mayor Roger Stagner’s signature on a letter in support of ARPA’s efforts to put the Repowering Project back on line.  The coal fired plant has been out of operation since early 2011.  It is not currently able to produce electricity at full capacity, or achieve full output without exceeding the limitations of the state-granted […]

Rigel Briefs Utility Board on Repowering Project Progress

  The Lamar Utilities Board tabled a decision on a new, four year agreement with NMPP, Nebraska Municipal Power Pool.  The organization provides electricity, natural gas and related services to a host of communities in six regional states.  The four year agreement with Lamar Light and Power was for, “Financial Plan, Cost of service and […]