The Year in Review and Looking Forward
As 2021 comes to an end and we say hello to a new year, I find myself looking back on the events that affected Lassen Municipal Utility District (LMUD) and our customers.
Two events include the Dixie Fire that affected LMUD and our customers for nearly three months, and the new renewable power purchases that will help LMUD meet state-mandated requirements for power procurement.
The Dixie Fire added a sense of urgency to the board’s commitment to interconnect with NV Energy. Power outages caused by the disastrous fire made the need for a more reliable power supply even more important.
The district has secured bond financing for our portion of the Skedaddle project. The Wendel Substation’s planned completion is the end of 2024. LMUD employees and our board of directors have worked hard to provide planning, oversight, and resources to provide power to our customers, maintain and add necessary equipment, help customers with billing and account questions, and plan for future projects during a challenging year.
In 2022, the number of projects and pace of work in the district will continue to grow. I would like our customers to know LMUD is focused on providing the best possible service and improving reliability.
With winter arriving, it is a good time to consider our wintertime energy use patterns and how they affect our utility bills. There are many reasons for changes in utility bills this time of year, including colder temperatures and increased use of electric space heaters.
Friends and family visiting your home during the holidays may use additional hot water, cook additional food, or heat areas of your home you don’t normally use. Lights inside and outside your home may operate longer since daylight hours are shorter in the winter. Or, if your holiday visitors are like mine, they may turn up the thermostat to 80 degrees, take a 30-minute shower or eat all your favorite food out of the refrigerator. All this is part of the holidays we love.
If you need some energy-saving tips, please turn to pages 4 and 5, or give us a call. Our staff is a wealth of information. We are always happy to help. You can contact us at (530) 257-4174, email Lassen, our website, or our Facebook page.
On behalf of myself, the LMUD board of directors, and staff, we wish all our customers a safe and happy Christmas, and a prosperous new year. So our staff can enjoy and celebrate the holiday with family and friends, the LMUD offices are closed December 23, 24, and 31. As always, you can reach us around the clock in the event of an outage by calling (530) 257-4174.