DURANGO, Colo. – “Beyond electricity sales” is the headline of the cover story featuring La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) and the Durango community in the recently-released 2011 winter edition of Network magazine.
The article (posted at www.lpea.coop) celebrates the work of LPEA and the community in energy efficiency and local renewable generation. The City of Durango, including the Transit Center and Durango La Plata County Airport, Downtown businesses Termar Trends, Historic Strater Hotel and Carver Brewing Co., plus the Durango Discovery Museum are showcased in the article.
As Network writer Nicole Carlson reported, “…(rural electric cooperatives) have a commitment to their member consumers to meet local community objectives by working with businesses and government agencies to fit the needs of the communities they serve. At La Plata Electric Association (LPEA), these objectives go hand-in-hand with reducing the amount of energy its members use and also offering them the option to power their homes and businesses with renewable energy.”
Carlson and professional photographer Stephen Collector visited Durango in Oct. 2010 to gather information and photos for the article. The cover shot is Durango’s Main Ave. at night, including the new energy-saving LED (light-emitting diode) street lights and the Strater Hotel adorned with decorative LEDs along its roofline.
“Network is a publication of Tri-State Generation and Transmission, which supplies the majority of electricity for our member consumers,” said Mark Schwantes, LPEA manager of corporate services, noting that the publication is distributed to industry partners throughout Tri-State’s service territory. “It’s probably the best article written to date that gives a good overview and sampling of so many of the things this community has done and is doing to save energy and dollars. It’s more of a celebration of this community’s efforts than a profile of La Plata Electric.”
According to Schwantes, to encourage broader readership and help its members learn more about what is possible with energy efficiency and renewables, LPEA has posted an electronic version of the Network article on its web site, www.lpea.coop.
LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with in excess of 40,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible.