• LPEA Board adopts wait-and-see of Qualifying Facility waiver

    Time to be taken to further understand pros and cons of issue

    Following extensive member input and discussion, the La Plata Electric (LPEA) Board of Directors today decided to table Resolution 2016-07 and revisit the issue during the July board meeting. The resolution would have authorized LPEA to sign the Qualifying Facility (QF) waiver, which would require LPEA’s primary power supplier, Tri-State Generation and Transmission (Tri-State) to negotiate directly with a QF for purchase of the renewable electricity generation. 

    “We may make a decision next month, we may make a decision in six months, but we don’t want to make a decision until all board members thoroughly understand the QF waiver,” said LPEA Board President Davin Montoya.

    The LPEA board received an overview of the QF details during the board meeting, and has a scheduled Strategic Planning Session during which the QF waiver will be further discussed. (The PowerPoint presentation has been posted to the LPEA website for member review. Click here to view.)

    A Qualifying Facility, which by definition generates electricity from a renewable resource, is granted QF status by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and receives special rate and regulatory treatment under FERC’s Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA). The central goal of PURPA is to facilitate renewable generation.

    LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with nearly 42,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible. For additional information, visit www.lpea.coop.