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The electric sector has extensive cybersecurity policies in place, but its cyber efforts are dispersed and more needs to be done, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative said in a new report. Urgent priorities include strengthening existing protections, for the distribution system as well as the bulk power system; enhancing coordination at all levels; and accelerating the development of robust protocols for response and recovery in the event of a successful attack, said the report, Cybersecurity and the North American Electric Grid: New Policy Approaches to Address an Evolving Threat. APPA commended the report’s recommendations and its acknowledgment of all of the hard work electric utilities have undertaken to date.

APPA said it agrees with the center’s recommendation that the federal government should adopt policies that enhance cybersecurity through:
  • Clearer designation of roles for the government and private sector in the event of an emergency;
  • Increased cybersecurity threat information-sharing between the electric sector and the federal government (and liability protections for information shared by utilities with the government); and
  • Backstop cyber-security insurance, modeled after the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, until the private sector insurance markets are able to catch up.
APPA said it looks forward to discussing with others in the utility industry the report’s recommendation for the creation of a new industry-led body, comprised of power-sector participants across the country and modeled after the nuclear power industry’s Institute of Nuclear Power Operations. The association applauded the center’s recognition of the importance of the North American Electric Reliability Corp.’s Critical Infrastructure Protection process and said it is particularly pleased the report does not recommend expanding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s jurisdiction to encompass cybersecurity at the distribution system level.

The initiative developed recommendations in four policy areas: standards and best practices, information sharing, response to a cyber attack and paying for cybersecurity. The recommendations are targeted to Congress, federal government agencies, state public utility commissions and industry, the center said.

"Timely information sharing is the primary way to identify, assess and respond to threats in real time," said General (Ret.) Michael Hayden, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency and co-chair of the initiative. "The intelligence community needs to identify best practices for sharing classified information in a way that is actionable for industry."

The report is posted on the Bipartisan Policy Center’s website. —ROBERT VARELA

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will hold a technical conference on April 29 on critical infrastructure protection (CIP) issues Identified in FERC Order No. 791, which approved the North American Electric Reliability Corp.’s latest cybersecurity standards (known as CIP version 5). The conference will be held at the commission’s Washington headquarters and will not be webcast.

Panelists may be asked to address: (1) whether additional definitions or security controls are needed to protect bulk-power system communications networks, including remote systems access; (2) the adequacy of the approved CIP version 5 standards’ protections for bulk-power system data being transmitted over data networks; and (3) functional differences between the respective methods utilized for identification, categorization, and specification of appropriate levels of protection for cyber assets using CIP version 5 standards as compared with those employed within the National Institute of Standards and Technology Security Risk Management Framework. —R.V.

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Senators Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, reintroduced their energy efficiency bill, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act. A similar version last year was approved by the Energy and Natural Resources Committee on a 19-3 vote, but stalled on the Senate floor. The new bill includes 10 bipartisan amendments, the senators said. APPA is reviewing the bill, but has supported previous versions.

"Energy efficiency remains the fastest and most cost-effective way to address our nation’s energy needs and this legislation will be a big step in moving toward a more energy-efficient economy," Shaheen said. "This bill has garnered such widespread support because of a simple fact – it is good for the economy and good for the environment," Portman said.

A study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy estimates that the legislation would create more than 190,000 jobs, save consumers $16.2 billion a year, and cut CO2 emissions and other air pollutants by the equivalent of taking 22 million cars off the road, the senators said.

The new version of Shaheen-Portman is cosponsored by Senators Mary Landrieu, D-La., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Mark Warner, D-Va., Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Al Franken, D-Minn., Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., Chris Coons, D-Del., and John Hoeven, R-N.D. —ROBERT VARELA

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Private Property Rights Protection Act (H.R.1944) by a vote of 353-65. The legislation, which was authored by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., would essentially bar use of eminent domain to take property for economic development purposes, but excludes takings for use by a utility. At the request of APPA and other electric trade associations, the legislation was amended to define "public utility" as all utilities providing electric, natural gas, telecommunications, water and wastewater services, either directly to the public or indirectly through provision of such services at the wholesale level for resale to the public.

The bill’s prohibition would apply to any state or political subdivision that receives federal economic development funds. The House has twice passed nearly identical legislation in previous sessions of Congress. —R.V.

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The New York Power Authority said Feb. 27 that it has begun work on energy master plans for five cities in New York -- Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers -- in partnership with those cities. The goal is to help reduce overall energy costs and carbon emissions, advance energy sustainability and support green industries and jobs, the power authority said.

A new page on the NYPA website was created to solicit ideas from the public and present details about the master-plan process.

The initiative complements the Build Smart NY Program established by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in December 2012, which aims to improve energy efficiency in state government buildings by 20 percent by 2020. NYPA said it expects to complete the master plans in the fall.

"The development of five municipal-level energy master plans to reduce energy consumption and advance energy sustainability furthers Gov. Cuomo’s commitment to create more energy-efficient cities and reduce the cost of government," said NYPA Chairman John R. Koelmel.

NYPA-led teams in each of the cities will work with local utilities, civic and government entities and environmental groups, and will consider energy-saving ideas submitted through the new web page.

NYPA is leading an effort to write energy master plans for the city of Rochester, above, and four other major cities in New York state. Photo courtesy of NYPA

"The development of energy master plans through this partnership with the power authority will provide an exciting opportunity to bolster the ongoing revitalization and competitiveness of these five great cities," said Donna De Costanzo, senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council. "By improving energy efficiency and developing green, resilient neighborhoods, this initiative will produce cost savings, drive local job growth, enhance sustainability and improve quality-of-life."  The governor's initiative "will not only result in tremendous benefits here in New York, but can serve as a model for other cities around the country," she said.

Development of the five municipal energy master plans "is a critical step forward to reducing energy consumption and advancing energy sustainability," said John B. Rhodes, president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. —JEANNINE ANDERSON

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The Electric Power Board of Chattanooga is participating in a city-wide program called Gig Tank to spur innovation and economic growth. The program invites smart grid innovators to submit ideas and partner with the city and others to test those ideas on Chattanooga's gigabit-per-second fiber optic connection to the Internet.

Applications are due March 14 for Gig Tank, which will run from May 12 through July 31.

Gig Tank is hosted by the Company Lab, which supports startup companies in Chattanooga and provides $15,000 in seed capital for each participant. Other partners in the program include the Lamp Post Group, the Chattnooga Area Chamber of Commerce and the Lyndhurst Foundation.

"Chattanooga is a hub for manufacturing and home to the nation’s most advanced smart grid network," said Mike Bradshaw, executive director of the Company Lab. "Our foothold in these areas creates an entirely new domain of possibilities when combined with our gigabit Internet service."

This year's Gig Tank will focus on three areas: additive 3-D printing, or additive manufacturing; health care; and smart grid development.

More information is posted at the Gig Tank website. Application information is online.

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Webinar – Rating Agency Outlook for Public Power
March 6

2014 Legislative Rally
Washington, D.C.
March 10-12

DEED webinar – Helping Your Key Accounts Achieve Energy Savings from Retrofitted Industrial Fume Hoods
March 13

Webinar – Electric Utility 101: Transmission
March 19

CEO Roundtable
Phoenix, Ariz.
March 23-25

Webinar – Managing the Impacts of Distributed Generation
March 26

DEED webinar – Developing a Cost-effective Conservation Voltage Reduction Program
March 27

Webinar – Federal Legislative and Regulatory Issues for Boards
March 31

Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo
Oklahoma City, Okla.
April 4-5

2014 Engineering and Operations Technical Conference
Oklahoma City, Okla.
April 6-9

Webinar – The Management of Successful Customer Service Operations
April 8

Webinar – Investing in Intellectual Capital: How to Capture, Mentor and Retain Critical Knowledge and Skillsets
April 10

2014 Public Communications Committee Spring Issues Roundtable
Washington, D.C.
April 11

Webinar – Electric Utility 101: Distribution
April 16

Webinar – Cybersecurity Awareness Training Part III
April 17

DEED webinar – New Program Options to Engage High School Students on Energy Usage
April 23

Webinar – Determining Revenue Requirements for Your Utility
April 24

General Accounting, Finance & Audit Spring Meeting
Washington, D.C.
April 24-25

Webinar – Industry Issues and Challenges Facing Public Power Governing Bodies
April 30

Spring Education Institute
Myrtle Beach, S.C.
May 5-9

Webinar – Overview of Utility Financial Operations for Board and Council Members
May 13

Webinar – The Leadership Development Process
May 15

Webinar – Development of Cash Reserve Policies
May 20

Webinar – Technology: From Meter Reading to Customer Information Systems
June 3

DEED webinar – Energy and the Environment, a High School Curriculum for Public Power
June 11

Webinar – Accounting Standards and Reporting Framework Update
June 12

National Conference & Public Power Expo
Denver, Colo.
June 13-18

Webinar – Introduction to Legislative Issues and Grassroots Advocacy
June 25

Webinar – Rate Making for Utility Boards and City Councils
June 30

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

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IT administrator—The City of Piqua, Ohio, is seeking qualified applicants for the position of IT administrator. Compensation: The salary range depends on qualifications and includes excellent benefits. Qualifications: The position requires completion of an associate's degree (bachelor’s degree preferred) in information technology, engineering or related field, with three to five years relevant work experience. This experience should include network administration (SCADA experience and/or CISCO CCNA desired). Apply: Please send a city application, a letter of interest, including salary history, a resume and three business references by March 28 to Elaine G. Barton, human resources director, by mail: City of Piqua, 201 West Water St., Piqua, Ohio 45356; or email: ebarton@piquaoh.org. Visit the city's website at www.piquaoh.org to obtain an application. EOE.

Strategic planning manager—The City of Anaheim, Calif., is recruiting for a strategic planning manager. The position directs, manages, supervises and coordinates the activities and operations of the Financial & Administrative Division within the Public Utilities Department, including rate development, utility strategic planning, financial forecasting and financial modeling. The position also coordinates assigned activities with other divisions, departments and outside agencies. Qualifications: Six years of increasingly responsible administrative services, financial reporting, financial planning, forecasting, operations analysis, strategic planning, technology and communications experience, including two years of administrative and supervisory responsibility supplemented by a bachelor's degree, is required. Apply: City of Anaheim, Calif., applications will be accepted on a continuous basis until a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. The first review of applications on this position will be Feb. 28. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Recruitment may close at any time without notice after the first review date. To apply, visit http://agency.governmentjobs.com/anaheim/default.cfm. EOE.

Electric utility engineer—The City of Redding Electric Utility (REU) in California is seeking an electric utility engineer. Compensation: The salary for the position is $5,539 to $8,790 per month. The position performs a variety of technical support functions related to development, implementation, integration and automation of technology systems used by the Electric Department. Qualifications: Typical education includes a bachelor’s degree in an engineering, computer science or information technology discipline from an accredited college, university or equivalent. Typical experience includes five years relevant experience. Experience within the electric utility industry is preferred. Apply: Apply online at www.ci.redding.ca.us by 11:59 p.m. on March 13. EOE/FAAE.

Senior electrical engineer—Burbank Water and Power (BWP) in California is seeking candidates for senior electrical engineer within the T&D Engineering Section of its Electrical Services Division. The senior engineer reports to the principal electrical engineer of the Substation, Protection & Automation Group. The senior engineer will be responsible for directing the design of electrical distribution system substations and their auxiliary electrical systems, including protective relay and substation automation equipment and underground conduit and cable systems for transmission and distribution. He/she may guide system planning studies, oversee system protection calculations and settings, direct the design of new electrical systems for buildings, make/direct preparation of cost estimates for electrical installations; supervise the preparation and review finished work drawings for electrical construction; prepare and direct development of specifications and requests for electrical equipment; review drafting and engineering calculations; serve in a technical advisory capacity for the site plan review process; supervise the maintenance of records relating to system operations; and make recommendations regarding hiring, promotions and transfers. The position performs other duties and responsibilities as directed. Qualifications: The minimum qualifications for this position are any combination of education and/or experience that has provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for acceptable job performance as determined by the city. An example combination includes, but is not limited to, a bachelor of science degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in engineering (preferably electrical), and four years of professional electrical engineering experience, including two years at the level of electrical engineering associate. A professional engineer's license is a plus. Knowledge of electrical engineering, design and operating practices related to electrical transmission and distribution and related auxiliary equipment is required. For additional information and a detailed profile, contact Steve Dowdy by office phone: 303/816-0047; cellphone: 303/601-3915; or email: sdowdy@dowdyrecruiting.com. Dowdy Recruiting, LLC.

Engineering assistants—The City of Redding Electric Utility (REU) in California is seeking two full-time engineering assistants to perform a variety of engineering assignments, including design, economic analysis, resource planning, study preparation and production, cost modeling, technical research and contract administration. Qualifications: The typical education would include a bachelor’s degree in engineering or other technical degree, including economics. Limited part-time or no experience is required. Apply: Apply online by 11:59 p.m. on March 31 at www.ci.redding.ca.us. EOE/FAAE.

Vice president, corporate services—Lincoln Electric System (LES) in Nebraska is recruiting for Vice President, Corporate Services. This position reports to the chief operating officer and oversees the Employee Resources Department, Transportation Department, Safety Department and Facilities Department. Requirements: The position requires proficient knowledge of human resources- and safety-related information systems, such as SAP and IndustrySafe, along with the ability to build and maintain internal relationships. The VP regularly interacts with LES’s administrative board and business consultants. Qualifications: Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree and a successful track record of increasingly responsible utility management assignments directing an organization similar to LES. Ten years of experience with facilities, safety, human resources and related information systems is preferred. A graduate degree in business is desirable. Lincoln Electric System is a municipally owned electric utility providing service to approximately 130,000 customers in Lincoln, Neb. LES employs a staff of approximately 475 non-union and union personnel. LES is governed by a nine-member administrative board. Apply: To apply, go to www.LES.com. LES is an EEO employer.

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