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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission should wipe the slate clean and use a transparent and inclusive public process to develop performance metrics for both regional transmission organizations and regulated utilities in non-RTO regions, APPA, AARP, Citizen Power, Electricity Consumers Resource Council and Virginia Citizens Consumer Council told the commission. Given the "fatally flawed process," APPA and the others in their May 1 joint filing did not comment on the substance of the metrics for non-RTO utilities proposed by FERC.

The commission made two crucial missteps in its previous development of performance metrics for RTOs, APPA and the others said. It relied on the regulated RTOs themselves to develop the measures of their own performance, and failed to establish adequate measures of RTO performance. "Thus, any attempt to develop metrics to measure the performance of [regulated] utilities in non-RTO regions, with the goal of comparing them to the already-developed RTO metrics, is a fruitless endeavor from the outset."

Worse yet, the commission is following the same problematic procedural path, by relying on the Edison Electric Institute to develop the non-RTO metrics, APPA and the others said. Given the history of the RTO metrics, the development of non-RTO metrics "can be expected to follow the same path, producing ‘measures’ that reflect only what the regulated entities wish to say about themselves," APPA and the others said. Regulated entities have expertise that can inform the development of metrics, but having regulated entities develop the measures without the benefit of a transparent and open public process "is an improper procedural path."

The value of these non-RTO metrics "will likely be severely limited and will not lay a sound foundation for any subsequent comparative evaluation of the performance of RTOs and ... utilities in non-RTO regions," APPA and the others said. They urged the commission to start anew to develop new performance metrics for both RTOs and non-RTO regions, using "a transparent and inclusive public process in which the chosen metrics are not developed by the very entities whose performance is being measured." —ROBERT VARELA

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The Internal Revenue Service is holding a free telephone forum on tax-exempt bond arbitrage and rebate compliance on May 17 at 2 p.m. EDT. The presentation will include the following topics:
  • An overview of the arbitrage yield restriction and rebate compliance requirements.
  • Filing requirements relating to arbitrage and rebate.
  • The process for filing a claim to refund an overpayment of a rebate.
  • Self-correction options and the availability of the voluntary closing agreement program to resolve noncompliance with arbitrage compliance rules.
  • Other related topics, including anti-abuse rules as well as how the determination of issue price can impact arbitrage compliance.
To register for this free forum, go to the IRS website. A pdf file of a slide presentation will be available in the Tax-Exempt Bond Community section of the IRS website about a week prior to the teleconference.

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Jamie L. Mahne has been named vice president of client services and chief client officer of The Energy Authority. Mahne joined TEA as an implementation manager in 2008 and most recently was member services manager. Prior to working at TEA, he was a consultant for an energy and utility market consulting firm and a project engineer for an energy industry computing and network services company.

Reiko Kerr has been named assistant general manager of resources for Riverside Public Utilities in California. She has been in the position on an interim basis since December. With the utility since 2000, her previous positions include assistant general manager of finance/administration, utilities finance/rates manager, energy risk manager/assistant chief financial officer, and utilities contracts/projects manager.

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The city of Alexandria, La., is requesting proposals from suppliers interested in selling natural gas to the city for the term July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2014. Anyone who intends to respond to the RFP is asked to notify Paul Wielgus of engineering firm GDS Associates by May 14. The deadline for submitting an RFP is May 21. The full RFP is posted on the GDS Associates website. —J.A.

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2012 Spring Institute
May 7-11

Webinar: Protecting Utility Operations from Cyber Attack: A Primer on How to Safeguard Your Utility
May 15

Webinar: Development of Cash Reserve Policies
May 17

Webinar: Rate Making For Utility Boards and City Councils
May 22

Free RP3 Webinar – Reliability & Safety
May 23

DEED/DSTAR Webinar – Discussion of Smart Grid Impact on Distribution Reliability and Overview of Future DSTAR Projects
May 24

Webinar NERC Compliance Tools and Techniques: Proper Operation of Underfrequency Load Shedding and Undervoltage Load Shedding for System Stability and NERC Compliance
May 31

Webinar: Determining Revenue Requirements for Your Utility
June 5

DEED Webinar:Achievements in Power & Peak Shaving with Battery Energy Storage

June 6

Free RP3 Webinar – Workforce Development & System Improvement
June 8

2012 National Conference
June 16-20

Webinar – Strategic Planning for Utility Boards and City Councils
(Part of a 7-webinar governance series)
July 17

Webinar – The Pull-Through: Energy Program Participant Recruitment & Retention
July 19

For a full APPA Events Calendar, visit Publicpower.org.

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General manager—Platte River Power Authority, a not for profit utility, is seeking a new general manager. Platte River’s board of directors desires candidates to lead an organization with a long-standing commitment to delivering reliable, low cost, and environmentally responsible electricity to its owner municipalities.
The general manager is the chief executive officer responsible to the board for the activities of Platte River. The general manager is responsible for a work force of 225 non-union employees, about half of whom work at the headquarters in Fort Collins and half at the Rawhide Energy Station in Wellington, Colorado.
Candidates for general manager are required to have a Bachelor’s degree in business, economics, engineering, finance, or other related fields. Post-graduate education is beneficial.
Candidates should possess significant electric industry experience, including a history of progressively responsible assignments demonstrating successful performance at the senior management level. Experience with public power utilities is desirable. Demonstrated successful interaction with a board of directors or similar governing body is important. A proven record of accomplishment of success leading an organization similar to Platte River in purpose, size and demographics is highly desirable.
The Cities of Fort Collins, Longmont, Loveland, and the Town of Estes Park established the Platte River Power Authority as a joint action power authority in 1975 to provide wholesale power and transmission services under "all requirements" contracts extended through 2050. An eight-member board of directors consisting of two directors from each municipality governs Platte River. The board normally meets nine times a year in regular session along with occasional special sessions. In 2010, Platte River generated revenues of approximately $176 million, of which nearly $38 million resulted in sales for resale. Total electric plant amounted to nearly $620 million, with total assets of nearly $773 million. Long-term debt is $256 million. As of 2012, Standard & Poors and Fitch rated Platte River "AA"; Moody’s rating was "Aa2."
More on Platte River at http://www.prpa.org.
Platte River is headquartered in Fort Collins, which is 60 miles north of Denver and sits at an elevation of nearly 5,000 feet.
For a more complete profile or to submit a resume contact:
Kip Moore
Mycoff, Fry & Prouse, LLC.
12935 US Highway 285
Conifer, CO 80433
(800) 525 9082
Platte River Power Authority is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, females and disabled persons are encouraged to apply.

Electric superintendent—The City of Painesville, OH, a public power community located 30 miles east of Cleveland, is seeking a superintendent to manage operations of the electric division of the department of utilities. The electric system includes a 32 MW coal fired generation plant and a distribution system consisting of seven (7) 4160 circuits and eight (8) 13.2 circuits servicing over 12,000 metered customers. Painesville Municipal Electric is also connected to the transmission system through a 65 MWA substation. This position reports directly to the city manager and is an integral part of the management team. Successful applicants should have 5 years of progressively responsible experience in management and operations of electric generation and/or distribution systems with a broad background, which includes personnel management, purchased power experience, regulatory knowledge, customer service, organizational goal setting and visioning, and capital planning and implementation. Educational background in electrical engineering with management courses preferred. Seeking an energetic, positive, results and customer service-oriented individual interested in working in a progressive results and goal-oriented community. Salary negotiable based on experience. Submit resume to HR Dept., City of Painesville, 7 Richmond St., PO Box 601 Painesville, OH 44077-0601 or via email hr@painesville.com. EOE. Position is open until filled.

General manager— Richmond Power & Light, Richmond, Indiana. The board of directors of Richmond Power & Light (RP&L) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of general manager.
Candidates must have a minimum of 10 years electric utility experience, preferably within public power and at least 5 years of management experience. A bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field is required. The board will consider candidates with broad electric utility management experience including such areas as electric distribution, small coal-fired generation, finance, operations, planning, member communications and board relations. The successful candidate will have excellent people and communications skills, proven leadership ability and a strong commitment to public power principles.
RP&L is a municipally owned electric utility serving approximately 21,000 customers, and has annual revenues of $84 million. RP&L owns approximately 100 MW of coal-fired generation and is a full requirements member of Indiana Municipal Power Agency. RP&L has a rich one hundred year tradition of serving its customers with low electric rates and high reliability. The general manager will report to the nine member board of directors, who are also members of the Richmond City Council.
RP&L offers excellent benefits and a competitive salary. Applications will be accepted until May 11, 2012. Please send a resume, cover letter, salary history and a minimum of three references to:
Bruce Wissel
RP&L Board Chairman
2015 Reeveston Road
Richmond, IN 47374
or e-mail to: bwissel@indianafarmers.com

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