ARPA BUSINESS OPERATIONS – June 2022: The Prowers Journal

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2022 Integrated Resource Plan: The ARPA Board of Directors approved an Integrated Resource Plan and directed its submission to the Western Area Power Administration.

The resource plan recommended 2 and 5 year action plans.

Two-year plan:

  • Work on transitioning partial supply of Xcel Energy requirements to Guzman Energy upon termination of existing agreement in January 2025.
  • Consider the renewal of existing wind turbines, taking into account the economic feasibility and the expected life of existing wind turbines.
  • Monitor developments related to regional transport organization (RTO) and organized energy markets.
  • Pursue low-cost energy efficiency measures.
  • Continue the trend of replacing public lighting with LED fixtures.

Five-year plan:

  • Full transition from Xcel Energy to Guzman Energy for partial supply requirements.
  • Pursue the actions of the two-year action plan.

The 2022 Integrated Resource Plan can be viewed in its entirety on the Arkansas River Power Authority website at: http://www.arpapower.org/irp/

Eight students receive scholarships from ARPA and its member municipalities: In 2000, ARPA established a college scholarship program that awards a $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior from each of the high schools served by ARPA members. The program is administered by the member municipalities of Holly, La Junta, Lamar, Las Animas, Springfield and Trinidad. Fellowships are funded equally between ARPA and its members. Congratulations to the following individuals on receiving the scholarship for the 2022-2023 school year: Holly: Jailynn Lopez; The sea : Chloe Palmer; McClave (Lamar): Rylan Herrera and Cassidy Jagers; The Junta: Jacob Reder; Trinity: Mikaila Feinman; Springfield: Alayah Meltabarger and Las Animas: Caden Morlan. Good luck students in your future endeavours!

Summary of April 2022 financial and operating statements: During the month of April, electricity sales revenue was below budget by 4.1% and total cost of goods sold was below budget by 9.9%. Net operating income for the month was $1,312,575. Year-to-date, revenue from electricity sales is slightly below budget by 1.2% and cost of goods sold is 3.6% below budget. Net income since the beginning of the year is $2,742,159. Member energy sales for April were 3.9% below budget. Year-to-date member sales are 0.5% below budget and about 0.2% below 2021. Wind generation accounted for 14% of power resources in April.

ARPA enters Environmental Attribute Management Agreement with Guzman Energy: ARPA and one of its members, Lamar Utilities Board, together own five wind turbines. Wind is a renewable resource and the electricity produced from these generators, combined with other resources, constitutes the electricity supply portfolio of the six ARPA member municipalities. The environmental attributes associated with renewable energy can be used to offset or reduce emissions from conventional generation. As part of the management agreement, Guzman Energy will manage the marketing of ARPA’s environmental attributes and act as ARPA’s “authorized representative” within the Agency’s Renewable Energy Generation Information System. West (WREGIS). WREGIS is an independent renewable energy production tracking system for the Western Interconnection territory. WREGIS tracks renewable and environmental attributes associated with renewable energy generation.

Next ARPA meeting: The next regular meeting of the ARPA Board of Directors will be Thursday, August 25, 2022. The meeting will be held in La Junta at the Otero Junior College Student Center, 2001 San Juan. Notice of meeting and agenda will be posted on the ARPA website (arpapower.org) below Public notices and will also be posted in a designated place in each of the member cities at least 24 hours before the meeting. Meetings of the ARPA Board of Directors are open to the public.

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