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APPA’s Legislative & Resolutions Committee approved nine policy resolutions yesterday at the association’s annual Legislative Rally, including resolutions dealing with distributed generation policies, physical security standards and mutual aid. Other resolutions address reform of regional transmission organization capacity markets, patent troll legislation, sequestration of direct payment bond credit payments, Army Corps of Engineers’ hydro practices, small modular reactors, and protecting utilities from liability for cyber attacks.

Distributed generation, particularly solar, provides opportunities and challenges for utilities and their customers, including additional revenue and customer equity challenges, APPA Resolution 14-02 said. Distributed generation can play an important role in public power’s renewable energy portfolio, but all distributed generation customers need to pay their fair share of the costs of keeping the grid operating safely and reliably, APPA said. Policies for compensating distributed generation customers also must reflect the utility’s costs and benefits, the resolution said.

With regard to physical security, APPA resolved to continue to work internally as well as externally (with agencies and entities across all levels of government) to enhance collaboration, with a goal of protecting critical infrastructure by forging strong partnerships, educating its member utilities, and supporting legislation and administration efforts to enhance information-sharing.

The mutual aid resolution emphasizes the importance of having a mutual aid plan developed, implemented and maintained by public power systems as represented by APPA’s Mutual Aid Working Group. The resolution calls for APPA to continue to work with its members, the Mutual Aid Working Group, other utility associations and federal agencies to improve communication and resolve obstacles during preparation for and recovery from disasters.

The nine resolutions are as follows:

Resolution 14-01: In Support of Legislation to Protect Against "Patent Trolls" (Patent Assertion Entities or "PAEs")

Resolution 14-02: In Support of Distributed Generation Policies that Allow for Local Decision-making and Equitable Rates Among Customers
 
Resolution 14-03: In Opposition to Sequestration of Direct Payment Bond Payments
 
Resolution 14-04: In Support of Small Modular Reactors (SMRs)

Resolution 14-05: In Support of Improving the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Hydropower Practices

Resolution 14-06: In Support of Strengthening Public Power’s Mutual Aid Networks
 
Resolution 14-07: In Support of Reforming the Centralized Capacity Markets Operated by Regional Transmission Organizations

Resolution 14-08: In Support of Appropriate Liability Protection for Electric Utilities Related to Cyber Attacks

Resolution 14-09: In Support of Critical Infrastructure Physical Security

The approved resolutions are posted on APPA’s website.

The resolutions will serve as interim policy for the association until approved by APPA members at APPA's National Conference, June 13-18, in Denver, Colo. —ROBERT VARELA

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As rooftop solar panels have become more popular and more prevalent, some investor-owned utilities have encountered operational challenges and other problems caused by the increasing amounts of distributed generation, APPA President and CEO Mark Crisson said March 11. He spoke at a press briefing in Washington, D.C., during the association's 2014 Legislative Rally.

Public power utilities need to anticipate these kinds of issues with distributed generation, Crisson said. A resolution on DG that was approved by APPA's Legislative and Resolutions Committee is meant as an early warning for public power utilities to anticipate the likely advent of rooftop solar and other distributed resources in their service areas, he said.

When rooftop solar units become numerous, a utility may experience technical problems, such as power flows going in the wrong direction, he said. Another question that has arisen is whether those who use rooftop solar units are paying their fair share of costs for building and maintaining the electric grid.

APPA's Legislative and Resolutions Committee approved nine policy resolutions earlier this week. (See the March 12 Public Power Daily.) Among them was Resolution 14-02:  "In Support of Distributed Generation Policies that Allow for Local Decision-making and Equitable Rates Among Customers," which says the amount of distributed generation, particularly solar power, has increased significantly in the last five years.

As of 2011, 4 gigawatts of distributed capacity has been installed in the United States, and that is expected to rise to about 9 GW by 2020, the resolution says. Solar and other distributed energy technologies can provide benefits, but also can present challenges such as increased congestion on distribution system feeder lines, the resolution notes.

Utilities "will have to make additional investments in technology, training and staff time to accommodate these operational challenges," the document says.

As to how the costs of the grid should be allocated, the resolution says APPA believes distributed generation customer compensation policies "must be designed to reflect utility costs and benefits, and to assure that all those who benefit from the grid or provide benefits to the grid are sharing fairly in the cost of building and maintaining it." —JEANNINE ANDERSON

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On Wednesday, March 19, APPA will hold a webinar, "Electric Utility 101: Transmission," from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Eastern time. This is the third in a series of four webinars designed to provide an overview of the electric system for policymakers and non-technical or new employees at public power utilities.

Transmission lines are the bulk power transportation facilities in our electric grids. They connect the generation sector, through substations, to the distribution sector. They also provide connections between utilities.

In this webinar, Wallace Barron, president of Barron & Associates Corporate Solutions, will provide a non-technical review of the applications and function of transmission lines, including why transmission lines are needed and the role they play in a reliable electric supply chain. The webinar will provide an overview of the types of transmission lines and their characteristics in supplying the daily load patterns. The session also will address major issues facing the transmission grid.

The final webinar in the series, set for April 16, will address distribution system functions.

This webinar is worth 0.2 continuing education credits, 1.5 professional development hours and 1.5 continuing professional education credits.

For more information, visit www.APPAAcademy.org or contact Meghan Riley at 202/467-2919 or MRiley@PublicPower.org. —HEIDI LAMBERT

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Utility interactions with the credit rating companies will take center stage at the 2014 General Accounting, Finance & Audit Spring Meeting, April 24-25 in Washington, D.C.

Mike Mace, managing director for the PFM Group, will speak on "Building a Positive Relationship with the Rating Agency." He will discuss how to engage with the credit rating companies’ representatives; how to prepare for credit rating meetings; and how to use those meetings to build positive relationships.

Dennis Pidherny, managing director for Fitch Ratings, will provide a "Rating Agency Public Power Outlook." He will address current and upcoming issues that affect public power as a whole and talk about how the credit rating companies believe those issues will affect public power utilities.

Other topics to be addressed at the General Accounting, Finance & Audit Spring Meeting include controls and allocations for pole attachments; best practices on disclosure policies; the impact of regulatory and legislative initiatives; an update on key pronouncements by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board; and an open discussion on other accounting topics facing public power utilities.

Participants will have the opportunity to earn up to 13 continuing professional education credits (CPEs) in public accountancy. The meeting is open to all employees of APPA member utilities, joint action agencies, and state and regional associations. The cost to participate is $300 for individuals registering before March 28.

Visit www.publicpower.org/GAFAmeeting for complete program and registration information. —LEANNE NIENHUIS

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On the second day of APPA's annual Legislative Rally in Washington, D.C., the association's Legislative and Resolutions Committee approved nine resolutions and heard from Politico co-founder Jim VandeHei. Watch the video to find out more and tune in to Public Power TV for more updates later this week.

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EVENTS CALENDAR


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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CLASSIFIEDS

Request for interest—Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc. is seeking parties interested in purchasing partial ownership in a coal-fired power plant located in Mayes County, Okla. The plant is in the Southwest Power Pool. Ownership is governed by a unit participation agreement. The sale does not include transmission rights. AECI is soliciting this RFI on behalf of KAMO Power. Interested parties are encouraged to download a copy of the RFI document at this website.

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.

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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