ARPA Business Operations Report for March 2022: The Prowers Journal
Integrated Resource Plan (IRP): The Arkansas River Power Authority is preparing an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP):
Resource Plan (IRP), as required by the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) as part of its energy planning and
Management program. ARPA will accept written and verbal feedback from affected retail customers of the
six ARPA communities through March 28, 2022. At the end of the comment period, all comments received from
the public will be reviewed and, if necessary, changes will be incorporated into the IRP. The final IRP will be
approved at a public meeting of the ARPA Board of Directors on May 26, 2022. Interested parties may provide
written comments directly to ARPA by sending them electronically or via US Mail to the following address: Rick
Rigel, Managing Director, Arkansas River Power Authority, PO Box 70, Lamar, CO 81052, email@example.com
ARPA Board College Scholarship Funding: The Arkansas River Power Authority Board of Trustees established the
College Scholarship Program in 2000. The program is administered by our member municipalities of Holly, La
Junta, Lamar, Las Animas, Springfield and Trinidad, Colorado. The scholarship is awarded to a high school student
in each member municipality. Currently, the total scholarship is $1,000 funded equally between ARPA and
the member municipality. Application forms, scholarship requirements and eligibility criteria are available either
through member high school council offices or the local electric utility office. to be eligible,
a student must reside with a family that receives electrical service from one of ARPA’s member municipalities.
Summary of Financial and Operating Statements for January 2022: During the month of January, revenues from
electricity sales were 2.4% below budget and total cost of goods sold was on budget. Net revenue for the
month was $294,110. Member energy sales were 1% below budget in January, but 2.6% higher in comparison
to January 2021.
City of Holly Trustees Appoint New Representative to ARPA Board: Blaine Ice, Trustee of the
Town of Holly since April 2020, has been appointed to the ARPA Board of Directors effective January 1, 2022. Mr. Ice
replaces outgoing board member Calvin Melcher who has represented the town of Holly on the ARPA board since
February 2019 to December 31, 2021. We would like to thank Calvin Melcher for his past service on the Board of Directors of
ARPA Holds Special Election for Vice President: At the February meeting, the Board of Directors held a special election
election and elected Ron Clodfelter (Las Animas) as Vice President. Other officers include P. Lorenz
Sutherland (Pres., La Junta), Gary Cranson, (Treas., La Junta) and staff member Arvenia Morris serve as secretary.
Officers will remain in office until the next annual election in May.
ARPA Board receives Financial Compliance Report: Aarin Ritter, ARPA Chief Financial Officer, provided the
annual financial compliance report to the ARPA Board of Directors at its February meeting. Ms. Ritter pointed out that the
The Authority is in full compliance with its bond commitments, including the full funding of its bond accounts, the repayment of its debt
Service Coverage Ratio, and the publication of its ongoing financial information, including quarterly financial statements
reports, on the website of the Municipal Council of Securities Regulation – EMMA. ARPA financial information can be found
Next ARPA meeting: The next regular meeting of the ARPA Board of Directors will take place on Thursday, May 26th.
2022. The meeting will be held in La Junta at the Otero Junior College Student Center, 2001 San Juan. The meeting
notice and agenda will be posted on the ARPA website (arpapower.org) under Public Notices and will also be posted
at a designated place in each of the member cities at least 24 hours before the meeting. ARPA card
Meetings are open to the public.