LPEA congratulates Riggs as new Dispatcher
Following apprenticeship program, Riggs earns full Dispatch status
DURANGO, Colo. – After completing the two-year Apprentice Dispatch program, Dusti Riggs has earned full status as a Dispatcher at La Plata Electric Association (LPEA).
LPEA’s Dispatch team oversees LPEA’s system operations. Dispatchers monitor power flows and voltage, field calls when problems occur within LPEA’s service area, trouble-shoot outages and dispatch crews to restore power.
Riggs, who had served as a Meter Reader Collector for LPEA since 2006, entered the intensive Apprentice Dispatcher program in 2015. She has since served as part of the Dispatch team during her apprenticeship, and has been involved in the continued technology updates at LPEA, including enhanced Outage Management System, improving communications with crews in the field as well as LPEA members.
Riggs has been involved in the electric utility business since her junior year in high school in Pahrump, Nev. She worked part time for the cooperative Valley Electric Association and when she graduated from high school was offered a full-time job as an apparatus and testing specialist. After five years in this position, she moved on to purchasing, learning that aspect of the industry.
Though she learned a great deal and enjoyed her position as a meter reader collector for LPEA, she sought to learn more and have a greater challenge in her job, thus seized the Apprentice Dispatcher opportunity.
“Working in Dispatch can be intense because we take our responsibility to keep the system operating very seriously, and if there are outages, we want to get everyone safely back in power as quickly as we can,” said Riggs. “It is a very rewarding job to serve our members.”
LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with in excess of 42,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible. For additional information, contact LPEA at 970.247.5786 or visit www.lpea.coop.