The Alamo Power District met Feb. 13 and held elections. Shana Loveday was elected president and Kim Turley as vice president.

The board approved buying equipment from KQLN Radio for the use of communication between substations and eventual smart meters. The tower and shed are a valuable addition to the district’s infrastructure.

Dave Lutrell secured a $100,000 grant for a joint project with the Lincoln County Power District for an Electric Vehicle Charging Station. The board approved moving forward to looking into possible locations for its use and Alamo Power District will provide the station with free power for the first five years. This action secures the grant money for future use and the cost for installing the infrastructure will be funded by the governor’s office.

The board also approved its membership with the Cooperative Finance Corporation which means that in the future, it will have the ability to borrow money at a low interest rate, if and when it’s needed.

Ken Maxwell, General Manager, reported about jobs completed, including Murry Whipple’s house upgrade, the Cannon Ranch Headquarters in Hiko upgraded, and more pole change-outs where necessary.

Current and future jobs include the Ash Springs tree project; the tie switch project, which involves putting an electronic switch in the meeting point of two substations so that power can run off one or another when work is done; Jason Twitchell’s estimate for a large shop; and a complete upgrade with the Cannon Ranch Hiko Well Number 3.

Robert Park will be taking his year 2 step test on March 1.

The power company has been purchasing some additional Hot Stick equipment for line work and would like to purchase a trailer to store it in so the shop will have more room for inventory. The cost is estimated at $5,000.

Maxwell is still looking into AMI systems for smart meters and having the district’s own networking.

Lutrell is trying to push back the rate increase until Oct. 2019. If that happens, the district will be able to see another year of profits, which may help to buy another truck for the company and retire an older one.

Also in the next five years, the district would like to finish up phases 2 and 3 of the system reliability project, which include the aforementioned tie switch and communication infrastructure.

NV Energy plans on spending $30 million on a campaign against the Energy Choice legislative initiative. Lutrell asked the district to help get the word out through fliers and bill stuffers on how Energy Choice would affect them.

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