• La Plata Electric Association honored for newsletter excellence

    Colorado Rural Electric Association lauds writing, photography in “Watt’s Up”

    La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) has once again been honored for newsletter excellence by the Colorado Rural Electric Association (CREA) for its publication “Watt’s Up,” included in CREA’s monthly magazine, Colorado Country Life. CREA annually organizes the newsletter competition among the rural electric cooperatives it serves throughout the state.

    Each year, LPEA is eligible for writing/photography awards in four categories within its division of cooperatives of 25,000 meters or more, as well as the overall Award of Excellence in competition with all co-op newsletters published by CREA. This year LPEA received the award for overall excellence as well as first place in all four categories in its division.         

    Indiana Reed was singled out among many entries across the state for her work, receiving four 1st Place awards. The articles recognized by the judges included her profile of LPEA’s assistance in installation of new energy efficient lighting for the Southwest Safehouse (“Lighting the Darkest Nights”), the feature on standby generator safety (“Do You Have One of These?”) and the article discussing LPEA’s efforts in supporting “Green Power” (“Working Toward Renewable Energy”). She also received 1st Place honors in photography for the photo that accompanied the feature highlighting LPEA’s support of Fort Lewis’ new GPE building.

    “This is the first time in a single year we’ve received all the first place awards in our division, as well as the overall award for excellence,” said Ron Meier, manager of engineering and member relations, noting that communicating to members is a top priority. “Indiana Reed is a very talented writer and a trained, award-winning journalist, so she continues to work to make our Colorado Country Life newsletter informative, readable and enjoyable for our members. As a consultant for LPEA, she has been a true professional and remains an asset, helping LPEA meet our on-going goal to keep our membership informed. We really encourage our members to read CCL each month.”

    LPEA members traditionally receive the “hard copy” version of Colorado Country Life, including LPEA’s “Watt’s Up” within, via mail, but they can also opt out and read the newsletter electronically. “Watt’s Up” is posted to LPEA’s web page each month, as well as archived. To opt out of the mailed, “hard copy” version, and receive email notification of the electronic posting, visit www.lpea.coop and click on “Contact Us.”

    LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with in excess of 42,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible. For additional information, contact LPEA at 970.247.5786 or visit www.lpea.coop.