Executive officers were elected at the last meeting of the Lincoln County Power District Board of Directors. General Manager Dave Luttrell said Ed Wright remains as chairman, Lee Mathews is vice-chair, Luttrell as Secretary/Treasurer, all retained their positions.

Luttrell said the new integrated resource plan, which needs to be submitted to the federal government every five years, is due next month. “We put together a draft plan at the staff level,” he said, “and now it is being made available for public review and comment.”

A legal notice of the public process appeared in the Jan. 15 issue of the Record.

Purpose of the integrated plan, Luttrell explained, is to verify LCPD is using the power it buys from Hoover Dam efficiently. To do this, LCPD offers various conservation programs and rebates to their customers, for example, on heating and cooling, and irrigation systems.

Comments should be submitted in writing to Lincoln County Power District No. 1, Box 101-HC, Pioche, Nevada 89043. Notices are also posted on the website at www.LCPD 1.com.

The LCPD is in the process of renewing their contracts with Hoover Hydropower until the year 2067. The current contract expires in September 2017. “It’s a fairly lengthy process to get the new contract in place,” Luttrell said. “We expect it will be approved by the contractors this summer.”

Another issue under consideration by the board is looking at possible feasible ways of integrating Pioche into the power district. He said, “We are currently looking at the operation and maintenance requirements. In February, we’ll begin to study the rates part of it. A draft report should be ready by the end of April, and we’re still on target to get to that stage, and that will be of significant interest to residents of the Meadow Valley area.”