June 29, 2016: OUTAGE IN CASTLETON CENTER
There is an outage at Castleton Center in Castle Rock which was caused by a contractor boring into a cable Line crews are on site and working to restore power as soon as possible.
June 29, 2016: PLANNED OUTAGE CANCELLED FOR TODAY
Today's planned outage for cutomers in the Burland Ranchettes area has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.
June 29, 2016: PLANNED OUTAGE
A planned outage is scheduled for customers in the Burland Ranchettes area today from 10:00 a.m. until approximately noon. This work is necessary to reconfigure the distribution line in the area to help balance load. We apologize for any inconvenience.
March 23, 2016 - 11:20 am
Due to weather conditions, all IREA offices will close at noon today. Essential personnel, including line crews working to restore power to customers impacted by outages, will remain on duty and some Consumer Services staff will remain to answer customer calls.
To report an outage, please call 1-844-IREA-FIX (1-844-473-2349).
March 23, 2016 - 8:30am
Due to the snow and high winds, we have outages in several areas. The 44-kV line out of Strasburg is down so the following locations are without power: Strasburg, Deer Trail, Byers and Bayou Estates.
In the Conifer area, heavy snow load on the lines is contributing to outages in Conifer Mountain, Willow Springs, Willow Brook and Ken Caryl North Ranch.
Crews have been dispatched and are working to restore power as quickly as possible.
November 18, 2015:
Crews still working power outages due to high winds in the following areas:
Saddleback Mountain, Clear Creek Tech Park, Saddleback Heights and Wellington Lake Road.
We are also working to repair broken poles caused by high winds in and around Woodland Park, Divide and Stony Pass.
November 17, 2015 - 4:30 p.m.:
Power has been restored to most of Kiowa, although crews are still working to restore outages in the Conestoga Ranches & Sun Country areas.
Crews are still working in Strasburg, Bennett & Deer Trail areas.
We also have a new outage in the Greenfield subdivision and are working to restore power there as well.
November 17, 2015 - 2:30 p.m.:
Power has been restored to the following areas: Homestead, Elizabeth, Bayou, Lemon Gulch and parts of Deer Trail. Crews are still working to restore power in parts of Kiowa, Strasburg, Bennett & Deer Trail. Crews are working to repair broken cross arms on power poles in several areas due to heavy snow and high winds.
November 17, 2015 - 12:05 p.m.
UPDATE ON OUTAGES:
All IREA line crews from the Strasburg and Sedalia districts are in the field working on the outages. We are also coordinating with contractor crews and local law enforcement to restore power as quickly and safely as possible.
Kiowa - at approximately 11:30 a.m., power was restored to around 600 customers in the Town of Kiowa. Crews are still working outages in that area, with an estimated 90 customers still without power.
Elizabeth - approximately 18 without power
Homestead - approximately 96 without power
Strasburg - approximately 240 without power
Bennett - approximately 250 without power
Deer Trail - approximately 600 without power
November 17, 2015:
IREA Crews Working Several Weather-Related Outages East of I-25, Other Areas:
Line crews for Intermountain Rural Electric Association (IREA) are working to restore power as quickly as possible to multiple areas within its service territory. Due to heavy snow and high winds, IREA is experiencing outages in several locations including:
- Elizabeth, Kiowa, Bennett, Strasburg and Deer Trail
There are also smaller outages throughout the Sedalia and Strasburg service districts. All IREA crews have been in the field working on outages since early this morning. Road closures and weather obstructions have impeded access to some areas in need of power restoration in some areas east of I-25.
"We want to let customers know we are aware of the outages and are working to restore power as quickly as possible," said Josh Liss, Corporate Affairs Manager for IREA. "We recognize how difficult a power outage can be for customers in this weather," he added.
No estimated number of customers impacted or time of service restoration is available at this time.
IREA will continue to provide updates through the duration of the outages via Facebook, Twitter and on its website at www.irea.coop
Contact: Josh Liss, Corporate Affairs Manager @ W: 720-733-5621 or C: 303-870-2990
November 6, 2015:
November 6, 2015:
Planned Outage on Tuesday, November 10, for Wamblee Valley Park:
There will be a planned outage from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. for Wamblee Valley Park (South Elk Creek & Sunset Trail). Effected areas will be: Sunset Trail, Jita Lane, Taza Trail, Taza Lane, Wapiti Trail, South Noka Trail and Okee Trail.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our customers.
August 4, 2015 - 12:58 p.m.
All power to the Conifer and Evergreen area has been restored. We are aware some media outlets are reporting the power is still out and are working to get them accurate information.
August 4, 2015:
Power Restored to IREA Customers between Tiny Town and Conifer areas:
Power was restored to affected IREA customers between the Tiny Town and Conifer areas last night at approximately 11:30 p.m. Line crews for IREA have been working since late Sunday night to restore power to all IREA customers in the area. The outage was caused by a fire that damaged an Xcel transmission line and pole feeding power to the area.
IREA and Xcel worked together to restore power to customers as quickly as possible. Power restoration was difficult as the damaged infrastructure was in a mountainous area that was not easily accessible by vehicles.
"IREA and Xcel worked as quickly as possible to restore power to our customers," said Josh Liss, Public and Regulatory Affairs Director for IREA. "We recognize how difficult a power outage can be to our customers," he added.
While the crews worked to restore power, IREA brought in dry ice for impacted customers and set up mobile charging stations for customers to charge their cell phones in order for them to stay in communication. IREA posted updates through the duration of the outage via Facebook, Twitter and on its website at www.irea.coop.
Outage Update - 5:55pm, Aug. 3
IREA and Xcel Energy are working as quickly as possible to repair the damage caused by the outage. Restoration work began at daybreak with the moving in of crews from both Xcel Energy and IREA, and equipment to the area for repairs. At midday, the downed wires and the remainder of the damaged, 75-foot pole had been cleared; the site is secure. A new 75-foot pole and related hardware have been brought to the site.
Xcel Energy estimates that it will be able to restore power to its transmission line by mid-afternoon Tuesday. This effort will require several steps, including the clearing of brush in the area; digging for and setting of the new transmission pole; attaching hardware on the new pole; stringing of new conductor from both directions;and energizing the transmission line.
August 3, 2015:
IREA'S Conifer area Customers Without Power due to Xcel Transmission Outage:
There is a power outage between the Tiny Town and Conifer areas due to a broken Xcel Energy Transmission line structure. The Xcel Energy Transmission line provides power to IREA's grid in that vicinity. The cause of the outage is under investigation. The outage could possibly last until Tuesday evening/Wednesday morning. Crews have been on site since last night and continue to work to restore power. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our customers.
Please see map listed below for affected outage area:
July 28, 2015:
Sign up for e-billing - you may win an iPad mini!
Sign up to receive your bills electronically through e-billing and you could win one of ten iPad mini's! E-billing is free, simple and secure. Once you sign up, your bill will be delivered to your email address as an attached pdf file. Current e-billing customers are AUTOMATICALLY ENTERED into the contest and need not reapply to be eligible for the iPad giveaway. Press the iPad mini icon button on our website homepage to get started. Deadline to enter is September 15, 2015. Winners will be notified by email.
June 25, 2015:
Planned Outages for Deer Trail School District:
On July 1 (8am-4pm) and on July 7 (8am-4pm), there will be planned outages for the Deer Trail School District. For more information, please contact Rick Chapel at 720-733-5485.
May 15, 2015:
May 15, 2015:
May 13, 2015:
Power has been restored to all areas affected by the recent outage. Thank you for your patience during this time. Our crews worked around the clock to get the power back on. A lot of our customers showed their appreciation as shown in this photo taken by Woodland Park Lineman Derek Burns just off Highway 67.
May 12, 2015
Although power has been restored to most of our customers affected by the outages from this weekend including the Strasburg, Woodland Park and Deckers areas, our crews are still working to restore power from single outages in several different areas.
Power has been restored to the folowing areas:
Las Brisas, La Montana Mesa, homes on Midnight Lane - Druid Hills, Valley Hi subdivision, Park Ridge Ranch, Saddle Mountain, Slater Creek, Deer View, Colorado Mountain Estates, Indian Creek, Arabian Acres, Wagon Tongue and Echo Valley
May 11, 2015:
We have extensive outages in and around the Woodland Park area, and some outages in the Strasburg area as well. Most of these outages are a result of heavy, wet snow from this weekend's storm on power lines, branches or trees that have fallen on the lines. We have multiple crews working in these areas to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. We are hopeful to have all outages restored today or tomorrow at the latest.
Below is a list of circuits we know are, or have been, impacted by the outages. This is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all areas experiencing an outage:
Circuit 101-3: Westcreek, Turkey Rock, Lutheran Valley, Deckers, Trout Creek Ranch and north of Deckers
Circuit 102-1: Parts of Westwood Lakes, all of Aspen Hills, some of Woodland West, all of Rosewood Hills
Circuit 102-6: Palmer Village, Druid Hills, Twin Rock Sub, Hidden Point, Hidden Valley
Circuit 102-4: La Montana Mesa, Las Brisas, parts of Colorado Mountain Estates
Circuit 103-3: Indian Creek, Flying Dutchman, Crystal Peak Ranch, Florissant Heights
Circuit 103-4: Wilson Lakes, Forest Glen, Blue Mountain Ranch, Sanborn Western Camps, Park Ridge Ranch, Saddle Mountain
Circuit 103-1: Some in Tarryall, Sportsman Paradise, some in 11 Mile Ranch Estates
Circuit 104-1: Bear Trap, along County Road 102
Circuit 104-2: Cover Mountain, Pike Trails
April 16, 2015
With spring snows possible and new leaves starting to grow, the possibility of a power outage increases.
If you experience a power outage, please:
April 15, 2015
Director Elections were held in Districts #1, #2 and #6 this year. All three incumbents retained their seats on the IREA Board. Congratulations to Mike Kempe, James Dozier and Robert Graf on their victories. We would also like to thank Gregory E.L. Sanchez, Peter N. Smith and Leslie J. Mathis individually for their interest in running for a seat on the Board. Election results are as follows:
Mike Kempe - 3,013 votes
Gregory E.L. Sanchez - 429 votes
James Dozier - 1,870 votes
Peter N. Smith - 1,529 votes
Robert W. Graf - 2,041 votes
Leslie J. Mathis - 752 votes
Thanks to all Association members who took part in the voting process!
March 13, 2015
Ballots were mailed to customers in Districts #1, #2 and #6 on March 11. Due to a printer error, the ballots were printed too large to fit into the white security envelope. To return your ballot, simply fold it so that it fits into the security envelope. Then place the security envelope (with ballot inside), inside the colored return envelope and place in the mail. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, please be assured that your ballot will be counted.
March 4, 2015
CSS (Customer Self Service) on Website Will Be Down For Maintenance Starting 3-7-15:
Starting at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, CSS will be down on the website for maintenance. This should be completed sometime over the weekend. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
February 3, 2015
IREA Returns $13.6 Million in Capital Credits Back to Customers!
Today the Board of Directors cast a unanimous vote to retire $13.6 million in Capital Credits, an amount representing approximately one-half of IREA's 2014 margin. This retired capital will be paid or credited to current and former members of the Association in March. The retirement reflects the Board's determination that the financial position of the Association is sound and is likely to remain so during the upcoming year. This year's retirement brings the total retirements authorized by the Board since February 2014 to more than $29 million dollars.
January 28, 2015
CONSUMER SCAM ALERT!
Please be aware of a consumer scam affecting IREA customers. Customers have been receiving phone calls from a person identifying himself as a representative from IREA. The caller then states that their electric account is delinquent and if they don't make immediate payment, their power will be disconnected. Please know that disconnect notices are sent by IREA in two ways: by mail and by email for customers who have selected electronic billing. IREA also makes an AUTOMATED courtesy call. The automated phone message will state that the call is from IREA and the amount on the disconnect notice needs to be paid by the disconnect notice due date. IREA WILL NEVER DEMAND PAYMENT FROM A CUSTOMER IMMEDIATELY. Please keep yourself and your money safe - don't give your money away to requests made over the phone from people you do not know or can't identify.
January 16, 2014
Since 1988, the Association’s Board of Directors has awarded grants to graduating high school seniors who plan to continue their education. In July of each year, we award 21 grants (three per director district) of $1,000 each. The grant winners are chosen by a lottery-type drawing as there are no scholastic requirements. The winners must be members, or children of members, of the Association, and be a graduating high school senior in 2015. All you need to do is download and fill out the education grant form and photo consent form/release, attach a letter of acceptance from a college, university or vocational school, and return your completed education grant entry form to IREA’s Sedalia office no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 30, 2015. Educational grant forms are also available to pick up at any IREA office. Winners will be notified by July 14, 2015.
Education Grant Form Available Here
December 24, 2014
IREA offices will be closing at noon today for the Christmas holiday and will reopen on Friday, December 26. If you need to report an outage, call 303-688-3100 and press option "1" or send an email via our website at www.irea.coop (see "Report An Outage" on the homepage).
December 19, 2014
Alden Systems will begin joint-use audit of all IREA poles beginning January 2015:
IREA has many poles across our service territory with equipment mounted to them that belongs to other utility companies, namely phone, internet and cable providers. These companies pay annual fees for the use of IREA poles and it is important to have an accurate count of poles being used. IREA has contracted with a company called Alden Systems to conduct an audit of those poles to verify that our records are correct
Alden Systems will begin deploying crews in the field starting January 2015 and is expected to conduct the audit through the rest of the year. In all, more than 48,000 poles spread across our 5,000 square mile service territory will be audited.
Technicians will be driving personal vehicles with Alden Systems signage and IREA contractor magnets attached to their vehicles. They wear clothing identifying them as Alden Systems employees, with the words “Utility Inspection Contractor” clearly visible, as shown below. Technicians also wear hard hats and utility belts, and carry a handheld computer for their inspections.
If you have questions about audit technicians in your area, please call IREA at (303) 688-3100 for more information.
September 12, 2014
Upgrade to Phone System:
IREA will be upgrading its phone system starting this evening at 7pm and work should conclude no later than Monday afternoon, September 15.
Please know any delay in phone service or diminished call quality will be temporary.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and we thank you for your patience.
May 29, 2014
Planned Power Outage Tonight - Strasburg, Bennett and Byers area:
Due to an oversized load traveling through the area, some customers in the Byers, Strasburg and Bennett areas will be affected by a planned power outage between the hours of 10:00 PM, THURSDAY, MAY 29, and 5:00AM, FRIDAY, MAY 30. Your property will receive an interruption of power for approximately one hour within that timeframe. This outage was originally scheduled for Wednesday, May 28, but had to be rescheduled for this evening.
Further questions and/or concerns may be addressed by calling the Strasburg IREA office at 303-622-9231.
May 9, 2014
Planned Outage - May 12 - Conifer District RESCHEDULED to May 15th, 2014:
Due to possible inclement weather on May 12th, 2014, the transmission line maintenance along the Highway 285 corridor between Tiny Town and Conifer has been cancelled and rescheduled to May 15th, 2014. The new outage time will be from 10:00pm to approximately 2:00am to conduct the required maintenance. We will work to restore power quickly to the affected area once maintenance work is complete. Please call 303-674-9759 for any questions regarding this outage.
April 28, 2012:
iPad mini Winners Announced:
The winners of the ten iPad minis given away in connection with the Articles of Incorporation election were drawn at the Annual Meeting on April 12 by the IREA Board of Directors. Over 33,000 ballots were returned, so thank you to our members for taking the time to vote. Winners of the ten iPad minis are: Jessica Ullery, Nancy Rawson, Cathy Flenthrope, Vernon Bolton, Michael Norton, Msgr. Thomas Fryar, Ralph Hibbs, David Weiland, Nancy Wiesemeyer and Rachel Ducat. Visit our Facebook page to see pictures of the drawing as well as our customers with their new ipad minis. Congratulations to the lucky winners!
Scheduled Maintenance for Conifer Area
UPDATE: Power was restored to all customers at 3:10 p.m.
There is a scheduled outage in Country Meadows Subdivision in Parker until 3:00 p.m. today.
Approximately 60 customers will be affected that reside along Leesburg Road, Culpepper Circle, Glendale Lane and Country Meadows Drive.
UPDATE: AS OF 4:30 P.M., THE PHONE SYSTEM IS BACK UP AND RUNNING. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY HAVE CAUSED YOU.
IREA is currently experiencing problems with its phone system. The phone company has been contacted and is working to repair the problem. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
Even though our phone lines are not functional, you can still contact the Association through the Contact Us link on the homepage of our website. Also, if you need to report an outage, press the Report An Outage link on the homepage of our website.
IREA Returns Record Amount of Capital Credits to Customers: $15.7 Million
In 2013, the Association benefitted from electricity sales that exceeded forecasts by 2% better than expected production by Comanche 3 and lower than expected wholesale power cost increases. The Association also held operating expenses below budget and improved its financial ratios so that it is no longer constrained to limit capital credit retirements as it has been during the past few years. The Board of Directors decided to pass on the benefit of these circumstances to IREA customers through an increased refund.
For most customers, capital credits will be refunded as a credit on March electric bills. Customers with multiple accounts will receive checks if their total retirement is $8.00 or more. The amount of each customer's refund will depend upon prior electric usage. Generally, the longer you have been an IREA customer, the larger the refund.
IREA Rebuilding Overhead Electric Lines
HEATING WITH ELECTRICITY OR PROPANE: ELECTRICITY MAY BE CHEAPER
According to the Energy Information Administration's online calculator (http://www.eia.gov/neic/experts/heatcalc.xls) it may be cheaper at present propane costs to heat your home using electricity.
. The fuel price per million Btu using electric heat is $36.05 when electricity is priced at $.123 per kilowatt hour (IREA's residential rate).
. The fuel price per million Btu is $43.80 when propane is priced at $4.00 per gallon. At $4.50 per gallon, the price goes to $49.27.
. To break even, propane needs to be priced at $3.29 per gallon (assuming a $.123 kilowatt hour cost of electricity).
Please note: The fuel cost comparison does not take into account the type of appliances being used, their relative efficiency ratings, and whether they are adequate to heat your home.
January 8, 2014
CONSUMER SCAM ALERT!
Please be aware of a consumer scam affecting IREA customers. Customers have been receiving phone calls from a person identifying himself as a representative from IREA. The caller then states that their electric account is delinquent and if they don't make immediate payment, their power will be disconnected. Please know that disconnect notices are sent by IREA in two ways: by mail and by AUTOMATED courtesy calls. The automated phone message will state that the call is from IREA and the amount on the disconnect notice needs to be paid by the disconnect notice due date. IREA WILL NEVER DEMAND PAYMENT FROM A CUSTOMER IMMEDIATELY. Please keep yourself and your money safe - don't give your money away to requests made over the phone from people you do not know or can't identify.
Outage at 5:30pm today for Evergreen Customers:
We have a broken pole that is going to require us to take an outage. This will affect consumers from Cub Creek to the top of Squaw Mountain. Approximately 600 customers will be affected. The outage will start at 5:30 pm and last for 30 minutes.
A small number of customers received the following letter from the Association with regard to vegetation clearing and trimming. Affected IREA Customers are shown within the red boundary on the attached map.
IREA and CoBank Partner to Donate $10,000 to High Five Plains Foundation:
In a ceremony held earlier today, IREA Board Member Bob Graf presented a donation to the High Five Plains Foundation in the amount of $5,000. Andy Glover of CoBank also presented a check for $5,000 to the Foundation.
"At IREA, we feel that it is of utmost importance to partner with the local communities in which we serve," said Graf. "It is also valuable to be able to partner with CoBank in the "Sharing Success" program to double the amount donated to the High Five Plains Foundation." For several years, IREA has contributed to the High Five Plains Foundation serving communities along the I-70 corridor. Through its "Sharing Success" Program, CoBank has committed to matching funds for charitable contributions made by rural electric cooperatives up to $5,000. This year, IREA and CoBank have partnered to donate a combined total of $10,000 to the High Five Plains Foundation.
"Our Sharing Success Program is rooted in longstanding cooperative principles, including concern for community and cooperation among cooperatives," said Robert B. Engel, CoBank's Chief Executive Officer. "We're delighted to be partnering with so many of our customers, including IREA, to support a wide variety of worthy causes across rural America."
The presentation ceremony was held at the IREA district office in Strasburg. Mr. Graf and Mr. Glover each made presentations highlighting the importance of the partnership between IREA, CoBank and the High Five Plains Foundation, followed by a formal presentation of checks.
"Whether it is in providing scholarships to graduating seniors, providing emergency assistance to those in need, or holding fundraising events benefitting law enforcement and crime victims, the High Five Plains Foundation has been essential in enhancing the quality of life in the I-70 corridor." said Graf.
The High Five Plains Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) public corporation serving the needs of citizens in Watkins,Bennett, Strasburg, Byers, Deer Trail and extended communities.
Planned Outage for Bayou Hills:
There is a planned outage scheduled today from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Bayou Hills subdivision. Approximately 50 homes will be affected by this outage.
To All Interested Parties,
Vendors are invited to submit a proposal for printing and mailing services as described in the attached IREA Bill Print Request for Proposal (RFP). Proposals submitted in response to the RFP must be submitted electronically, in Adobe PDF format, to Mandi Zimmerman at email@example.com, no later than 4:00 pm MST, November 26, 2013. All questions are due by November 7, 2013.
Should you have any questions concerning the preparation of your proposal, please contact the following:
Contact: Mandi Zimmerman
Title: Division Manager, Consumer & Information Services
Phone: (720) 733-5527
Please note that the issuance of this RFP does not constitute a guarantee on the part of IREA that a contract will be awarded. No payment will be made for costs incurred by interested vendors in the preparation and submission of a proposal.
IREA and Tech Experts Look at the Future of Electricity:
Executives from IREA will join experts to discuss what our power systems will look like in the future during the Colorado Rural Electric Association's Energy Innovations Summit on October 28. Leading that discussion will be Cheryl Martin, Deputy Director of the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency in Washington DC. Dr. Martin will be joined by Michael Miller, Director of Environment and Renewables for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in San Francisco and Jim Spiers, Executive Vice President of Business Strategy for Tri-State Generation and Transmission in Westminster.
Discussions will include:
The Energy Innovations Summit, held at the Embassy Suites on Stout Street in downtown Denver, is open to the public. To register, visit crea.coop and click on the registration box.
Excavating Company Cuts Underground Cable causing Outage in Castle Rock/The Woodlands Subdivision:
On October 11 at 12:45 p.m., an excavating company cut an underground primary cable in The Woodlands subdivision in Castle Rock causing an outage. 59 customers were affected by this outage which occurred on the following streets in The Woodlands subdivision: Whitetail Drive, Pinyon Drive, Hawk Point Court, and Ridge Trail Drive. Approximately 1-1/2 hours later, virtually all customers had power restored with the last 8 customers getting their power back on right before 4:00 p.m.
PLANNED OUTAGE FOR CONIFER AREA ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, FROM 9:30 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.
The affected areas include the bottom of Kennedy Gulch up to Belle Meade, Beeler, Marcliff and Parsons Road.
OUTAGE AFFECTING CUSTOMERS IN TINY TOWN, CONIFER AND ASPEN PARK:
Due to a mechanical failure of an Xcel Energy high voltage switch, it is necessary for Xcel to have an emergency transmission line outage to repair the switch. This outage will affect all IREA customers in the Tiny Town, Conifer and Aspen Park areas. The outage is scheduled for Tuesday, September 24, at 10:00 p.m. and is anticipated to last 5 hours. All IREA customers in the Tiny Town, Conifer and Aspen Park areas will be without power during this time.
CONSUMER SCAM ALERT:
Please be aware of a consumer scam affecting IREA customers. Customers have been receiving phone calls from a person identifying himself as a representative from a company working with IREA. The caller then states that their electric account is delinquent by $200 and they need to send a money pack to them immediately or their power will be disconnected. Please know that disconnect notices are sent by IREA in two ways: by mail or by automated courtesy call. The automated phone message will state that the call is from IREA and the amount of the past due notice. IREA will never demand payment from a customer immediately. Please keep yourself and your money safe - don't give your money out from requests made over the phone from people you do not know or can't identify.
IREA has added the option to pay your bill using the QR code that is located on the stub portion of your bill. For more information click here.
Lime Gulch Fire/Outage Information:
Updated June 21, 2013 at 2:37 PM
SW Platte River Road and South Foxton Road:
IREA crews were cleared by fire officials to patrol and re-energize lines along SW Platte River Road and South Foxton Road. Power to all customers along these roads has been restored.
Last Resort Creek Road:
Due to safety concerns the line along Last Resort Creek Road remains de-energized.
West Platte River Road:
Power lines along West Platte River Road have been de-energized as a safety precaution.
Read about Senate Bill 13-252 and how it could impact your electric bills in our May Watts and Volts.
Maintenance along the Highway 285 Corridor between Shawnee and Conifer
Due to inclement weather forecasted for April 23, 2013, the maintenance work along the Highway 285 corridor has been postponed until Friday, April 26, 2013. The work will take place from approximately 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You may experience short periods of time without power. These periods should not last any longer than 20 – 30 minutes.
Director District #3 Election Results:
Eugene Sperry, Incumbent, defeated Challenger Robert Danti for the Board seat in Director District #3. Eugene Sperry received 2,303 votes and Robert Danti received 1,618 votes.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Rate Increase of February 1, 2013:
Q: How do I find the notice that was sent to customers regarding the rate increase?
A: To see how the rate change affects the different classes of service, please click here to see the notice that was sent to customers in their bills with the December Watts & Volts.
Q: Why did IREA raise rates?
A: We know that there is no good time to increase rates and we have deferred this action for as long as we reasonably can. If we do not obtain additional revenue, however, it is likely we will have no margin and will in fact operate at a loss. In order to be able to provide reliable power, we cannot allow this to happen.
Q: When did IREA last raise rates?
A: The Association last raised rates in December of 2009. Since that time, our costs have increased steadily and our growth has slowed to a crawl. Also since that time, our two wholesale power and transmission providers have raised rates nine times. In 2013, our delivered wholesale power and power production costs per kWh will exceed 2009 costs by more than 22%. Our property tax expense has increased by more than $7 million since 2009. We have spent more than $2 million on federal regulatory compliance matters and those costs continue to mount. Increased fire risk, the need to improve reliability, and aging infrastructure have caused us to step up our tree trimming and maintenance programs. The other costs of doing business continue to rise, such as expenses for vehicles, fuels, materials and insurance. In normal economic times, growth in our customer base would help us offset cost increases, but since 2009 our customer base has grown less than 1% per year.
Q: Why did IREA add a service fee and what does it pay for?
A: As part of its rate-making process, IREA performed a cost of service study to develop rates based on the actual costs to serve each customer class so rates could be designed to fairly allocate costs among rate classes. Each class of customer costs a different amount to serve. These costs are fixed and are not dependent upon the amount of electricity a customer consumes.
The service fee helps pay for these fixed costs of providing electric service. These costs remain the same regardless of whether a customer uses 100 kWh or 1,000 kWh in a given billing cycle. Approximately 40 percent of a residential customer’s bill pays for fixed costs, while the other 60 percent pays for the energy. The new rate design includes a $10.00 service charge for residential customers and service charges of varying amounts for other rate classes. The residential service charge will cover less than half the fixed residential service costs, but a charge designed to recover all fixed costs, which amounts to $23.00, would result in too large an increase at this time for our customers, in particular those on a fixed income.
Q: Do other electric utilities have service charges?
A: Most utilities have a service charge designed to cover some or all of the utilities’ fixed costs. Energy usage is billed in addition to the service charge. Such charges reduce risks associated with weather and are considered to be more fair because all customers contribute to the costs of maintaining the distribution system, metering, billing and customer service. Similar, but higher, service charges have been implemented by surrounding electric cooperatives; i.e., Poudre Valley Electric has a service charge of $24.50/month and Mountain View Electric has a service charge of $29.95/month.
Q: What about monthly minimum charges?
A: Monthly minimums have been eliminated. Previously, many IREA customers were billed a minimum amount each month regardless of the amount of energy they used. This arrangement was designed to ensure recovery of certain costs incurred by IREA in connection with extending service. However, a common complaint received from our customers stressed that the monthly minimum discourages conservation.
Q: Should I consider IREA’s new Time-of-Use (TOU) Rate?
A: The Association is currently offering a Time-of-Use pilot program limited to 500 residential customers and 50 customers each in the other rate classes. The rate imposes a higher energy charge during on- peak hours (between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.) and a lower energy charge during off-peak hours (between 8:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.). The program is intended to give customers the opportunity to lower their costs by controlling the time they use electricity, while allowing us to lower our costs by reducing our peak demand. The new TOU rate is much more aggressive than the previous TOU rate in that the difference between on and off peak rates is much greater and the on-peak time period is much shorter under the new program. The program is offered on a pilot basis to allow us the opportunity to assess its impact on demand and revenues.
Please click here for more information on the Time of Use Rate pilot program.
Q: How are energy and demand calculated in the new rate for customers on a demand rate?
A: Energy and demand will be charged separately from the service charge, based on the number of kilowatt-hours used. The increase in the per-KWh energy charge is smaller than it would be if there were no service charges because we will receive revenue from service charges to offset some of the margin we would otherwise collect from the sale of energy. Some commercial customers on demand rates will see no kWh rate increase, but will see an increase in their demand charge. For example, if a customer has a $300 electric bill, 60% of that bill ($180) is for power costs and the remaining 40% is for fixed costs.