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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit denied the Department of Energy's request that the entire court review a decision by a three-judge panel suspending collection of the nuclear waste fund fee that customers have been paying for years on electricity generated by nuclear power plants. In the November 2013 ruling in National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners v. U.S. Department of Energy, the three-judge panel ordered DOE "to submit to Congress a proposal to change the fee to zero until such a time as either the secretary chooses to comply with the [Nuclear Waste Policy Act] as it is currently written, or until Congress enacts an alternative waste management fee." (See Public Power Weekly, Nov. 25, 2013)

DOE has already submitted to Congress the proposal to adjust the fee to zero, the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) said. If Congress does not act within the 90-day period during which the proposal is pending before it, the fee will be reset to zero. Once the Yucca Mountain, Nev., repository program is restarted or Congress enacts an alternative, DOE will be able to determine whether additional funds will be required, NEI said.

While on-site storage is safe, "the industry is extremely eager for the government to meet its legal obligation to dispose of used nuclear fuel," NEI said.

"Once again, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has sent another strong signal to the federal government: Stop charging consumers of nuclear power for the stalled Yucca Mountain, Nev., nuclear-waste repository program," said NARUC President Colette Honorable. "While the debate over the proposed repository at Yucca Mountain will continue, consumers should not be forced to pay for a program that is, at best, in hiatus." —ROBERT VARELA

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The White House on March 19 launched a new climate data initiative aimed at providing the public with easy access to data on climate change impacts to help communities better understand and "prepare for the real-world impacts associated with climate change." The initiative is "a broad effort to leverage the Federal Government’s extensive, freely-available climate-relevant data resources to stimulate innovation and private-sector entrepreneurship in support of national climate-change preparedness," according to a White House fact sheet.

The initiative includes a platform hosted at data.gov that can serve as a central clearinghouse for maps, data files, and other tools related to climate preparedness, with an initial focus on coastal flooding and sea level rise; a Coastal Flooding Challenge to encourage entrepreneurs to develop data-visualization tools; and a number of private sector partnerships for the development and use of similar data.

The fact sheet on the initiative is posted on the White House website. The data platform is accessible at http://climate.data.gov.

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APPA will offer its recently updated Public Power Manager Certificate Program courses at the association's Spring Education Institute, May 5-9, at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
With ever-increasing pressures and challenges on utilities from heightened customer expectations, changing regulations, technology advances and competition for recruiting and retaining the best employees, those who lead and manage public power utilities must be equipped with the knowledge and skills to create and sustain an effective organization with an engaged and committed workforce.

The five-day Public Power Manager Certificate Program is aimed at a new generation of leaders, along with existing supervisors and managers. It will help them navigate and provide organizational direction in a changing and complex industry. The course work consists of three classes and provides industry-specific training. The classes can be taken individually or as part of the certificate program.

The program curriculum starts with a one-day Electric Utility Industry Overview course, which provides a foundation of knowledge on utility operations, integrated resource planning and legislative and regulatory  issues facing the industry. The second course, Financial Planning and Budgeting: What Managers Need to Know, focuses on financial management, budgeting techniques, long-term financial planning methods, understanding various forms of electric rates and how to convey these items to utility policymakers.

The updated three-day leadership course, Strategic Leadership for Public Power, specifically tailored to public power utilities, teaches participants how to think strategically and manage complex issues and problems. This component of the program provides participants with an in-depth perspective on public power leadership by focusing on the development of the individual leader and the leader’s role in guiding and developing their organization and its workforce. This course will be led by John Miner, president of Collaborative Learning Inc., and Betsy Aylin, executive and consultant with expertise in strategic and business planning, organizational change, leadership and management development, also with Collaborative Learning, Inc.

To earn a Public Power Manager certificate, participants must complete the three required courses and, within a year, submit a post-course project that addresses a real business issue, problem, change or opportunity at the participant’s organization, applying principles from the six key leadership dimensions learned in class. The program was launched in 2009. To date, more than 100 public power professionals from across the nation have completed the required course work and nearly 50 utility employees have graduated from the program.

The program courses are offered only once a year although, as an alternative, they can be offered as in-house courses.

In addition to the certificate program, the Spring Education Institute also features 17 other in-depth courses on accounting, cost of service and rate design, performing a utility financial check-up, a new track of reliability and safety training courses, and the Energy Efficiency Management Certificate Program classes.

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

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The Environmental Protection Agency is hosting a webinar today (March 20) to provide an overview of coal combustion residual beneficial use evaluation. The webinar will take place from 2 to 3 p.m, Eastern time. This is a repeat webinar that the EPA is holding for those who may have missed the first one.

To access the Coal Combustion Residual Beneficial Use Evaluation Webinar, go to https://epa.connectsolutions.com/ccrbureport4/.

Once you click on the link, a login page will load. If you do not have a login, you can click "Enter as a Guest" to get to the webinar screen.

For those who would like to listen in via telephone, the conference call-in number is 800/603-7557 and the conference ID is 13511250. —J.A.

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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

DEED webinar – Better Building Practices Toolkit for New Residential Construction
May 8

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

DEED webinar – Customizable Weather Database Helps Utilities Handle Customers' High-Bill Complaints
August 20

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

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Project engineer—Moorhead Public Service (MPS) in Minnesota is accepting applications for a project engineer. Qualifications: A four-year degree in electrical engineering is required. Preferred qualifications include:

• one year of utility experience working on generation, transmission or substation projects;
• possession of or the ability to obtain an EIT Certificate within one year of hire;
• possession of or the ability to make progressive steps toward obtaining a Professional Engineer designation in the state of Minnesota within five years of hire; and
• experience with SCADA and load management control systems.

The successful applicant will provide electrical engineering services for the Electric and Water Divisions of MPS. Responsibilities include all substation systems, transmission line systems, SCADA systems and other technical systems and projects as assigned. This position directs the design, installation and upgrading of substation additions, transmission line projects, SCADA equipment and other technical systems within the utility. Compensation: The monthly salary range is from $4,876 to $6,966. Benefits include pension (Minnesota Public Employee Retirement Association), low deductible health insurance (no cost for single coverage) and generous vacation and sick leave. Apply: The application and job description are available online at www.mpsutility.com/employment; at the MPS office in Moorhead City Hall, 500 Center Ave., Second Floor; or by calling 218/299-5400. Applicants MUST complete an MPS Application for Employment to be considered for employment with MPS. EOE. The closing date for the position is March 21. Click here for a direct link to the job notice and application form.

Chief executive officer—Harlan Municipal Utilities (HMU) in Iowa is seeking a CEO with strong leadership abilities. HMU is located in the western Iowa county seat of Harlan, which has a population of 5,282. HMU provides electricity, natural gas, water and telecommunications services. The utility is governed by a five-member board of trustees. Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in business, engineering or other pertinent field from an accredited institution. Five years’ experience of demonstrated leadership and management in the utility industry is required. There is also a residency requirement. Compensation: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. A generous benefits package is available, including health, life and dental insurance, Section 125 Cafeteria Plan, IPERS and a 457B deferred compensation plan. Apply: Applicants should send a resume, salary history and three business references by email to recruiter@harlannet.com. The position is open until filled. For additional information, click here. A pre-employment drug screen and background check is required. EOE.

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.

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.

Check out APPA's career services on the Web

Visit the Career Center at PublicPower.org. Our career center allows job seekers to upload resumes, and recruiters to obtain resumes from job seekers. Classified ads in Public Power Daily and Public Power Weekly cost 70 cents per word for APPA members, and 80 cents per word for nonmembers, for a one-week run. Job posting subscriptions are available in packages of five, 10, or unlimited for a full year. The weekly deadline for placing a classified ad is every Thursday at 12 p.m. (Eastern time). If you have questions about classified ads, please write to jobs@publicpower.org, or call 202/467-2958.

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