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OKLAHOMA CITY—Two California utilities went home with all but one of the first place trophies Saturday at the American Public Power Association's 14th Annual Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo in Edmond, Okla. The biggest winner was the Sacramento Municipal Utility District in California, which won 17 trophies, including first overall in the apprentice events for Garrett Mcghehey and first overall in the journeyman events for the team of Todd Prangley, Matthew Wilson and Cayleb Bowman. Prangley, Wilson and Bowman previously won first overall in 2011 and second place in 2010 and 2013.


Garrett Mcghehey of California's Sacramento Municipal Utility District, right, first place overall winner in the apprentice competition, with Bob Rumbaugh of AMP, apprentice master judge. Photo by Creel McFarland
Established in 2001 by the American Public Power Association, the Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo brings lineworkers together to demonstrate their skill and knowledge in the craft of linework. Journeyman and apprentice lineworkers compete for professional recognition, attend training courses and practice essential skills in a safe environment.

The SMUD sweep was apparent early in the night when four different SMUD apprentices won eight of 15 trophies in the individual apprentice events.

The Modesto, Calif., Irrigation District team, which includes last year’s first overall apprentice winner, also won five trophies. JEA in Jacksonville, Fla., won four prizes, including the sole first place event trophy that did not go to a California utility.

Journeyman master judge Aaron Haderle of the Kissimmee Utility Authority in Florida, left, presents first prize overall in the journeyman competition to the team of Matthew Wilson, Todd Prangley, and Cayleb Bowman of SMUD in California. Photo by Creel McFarland

This year's competition, hosted by Edmond Electric, included training courses for visiting lineworkers from public power utilities around the country. Next year's rodeo will be held in May in Sacramento, Calif. For more on the Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo, go to publicpower.org/rodeo.

Apprentice – Overall
First Place – Garrett Mcghehey, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, California
Second Place – Spencer Fredrick, Grand Island Utilities Department, Nebraska
Third Place – Joshua Gregg, JEA, Jacksonville, Florida
Fourth Place – Cole Sokol, Lincoln Electric System, Nebraska
Fifth Place – Richard Hall, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, California

Apprentice – Alley Arm Insulator Change Out
First Place – Louis Jimenez, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, California
Second Place – Eric Savoy, Lafayette Utilities System, Louisiana
Third Place – Cody Leitner, Westerville Electric Division, Ohio

Apprentice – Hurtman Rescue
First Place – Louis Jimenez, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, California
Second Place – Gary Griffin, JEA, Jacksonville, Florida
Third Place – Michael Roark, Westerville Electric Division, Ohio

Apprentice – Obstacle Course
First Place – Richard Hall, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, California
Second Place – Garrett Mcghehey, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, California
Third Place – Gary Griffin, JEA, Jacksonville, Florida

Apprentice – Transformer Arrester Change Out
First Place – Louis Jimenez, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, California
Second Place – Connor Hutchison, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, California
Third Place – Nick Wigle, Lincoln Electric System, Nebraska

Apprentice – Written Test
First Place – Garrett Mcghehey, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, California
Second Place – Justin Dickerson, Garland Power & Light, Texas
Third Place – Richard Hall, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, California

Journeymen – Overall
First Place – Sacramento Municipal Utility District, California: Cayleb Bowman, Matthew Wilson, and Todd Prangley
Second Place – JEA, Jacksonville, Florida: Robert Hess, Brian Gregg, Robert Granger, and Warren Anderson
Third Place – Santee Cooper, S.C.: Blake Ward, Jay Ayers, Kevin Rhode, and Mark Marsh
Fourth Place – Modesto Irrigation District, California: Matt McCurdy, Jimmy Boere, Sean Coulson, and Victor Madrigal
Fifth Place – Sacramento Municipal Utility District, California: Lucas Raley, Ben Bassett, and John Moe

Journeymen – 12-kV Post-Insulator Change Out
First Place – Modesto Irrigation District, California: Matt McCurdy, Jimmy Boere, Sean Coulson, and Victor Madrigal
Second Place – JEA, Jacksonville, Florida: Robert Hess, Brian Gregg, Robert Granger, and Warren Anderson
Third Place – Sacramento Municipal Utility District, California: Cayleb Bowman, Matthew Wilson, and Todd Prangley

Journeymen – 4-kV Cross Arm Change Out
First Place – Sacramento Municipal Utility District, California: Cayleb Bowman, Matthew Wilson, and Todd Prangley
Second Place – Santee Cooper, S.C.: Blake Ward, Jay Ayers, Kevin Rhode, and Mark Marsh
Third Place – JEA, Jacksonville, Florida: Robert Hess, Brian Gregg, Robert Granger, and Warren Anderson

Journeymen – Hurtman Rescue
First Place – JEA, Jacksonville, Florida: Robert Hess, Brian Gregg, Robert Granger, and Warren Anderson
Second Place – Greenville Utilities Commission, North Carolina: Connie McGowan, Joey Dash, Brian Baker, and Brandon Butler
Third Place – Modesto Irrigation District, California: Matt McCurdy, Jimmy Boere, Sean Coulson, and Victor Madrigal

Journeymen – 4-kV Four Bell Change Out
First Place – Modesto Irrigation District, California: Matt McCurdy, Jimmy Boere, Sean Coulson, and Victor Madrigal
Second Place – Sacramento Municipal Utility District, California: Cayleb Bowman, Matthew Wilson, and Todd Prangley
Third Place – Nashville Electric Service, Tennessee: Tommy Barksdale, Brad Sanford, Jay Truett

Journeymen – 600 Amp Switch Replacement
First Place – Sacramento Municipal Utility District, California: Rorry Malia, Justin Hirschi, Gregory Baird
Second Place – Sacramento Municipal Utility District, California: Lucas Raley, Ben Bassett, and John Moe
Third Place – Modesto Irrigation District, California: Matt McCurdy, Jimmy Boere, Sean Coulson, and Victor Madrigal—DAVID L. BLAYLOCK

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The Environmental Protection Agency will host a webcast today (Monday, April 7) on the proposed "Waters of the U.S." rule that was released late last month by the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (see the March 27 Public Power Daily). To register for the webcast, go to the online registration page.

The webcast will take place from 1 to 3 p.m., Eastern time.

Speakers will be:
•  Nancy Stoner, acting assistant administrator, Office of Water, U.S. EPA; and
•  Donna Downing, Jurisdiction Team leader, Wetlands Division, U.S. EPA.

The webcast will provide a broad overview of the proposed rule and its costs and benefits, the EPA said.
 
"We are clarifying protection for the upstream waters that are absolutely vital to downstream communities," EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said when the rule was released on March 25. "Clean water is essential to every single American, from families who rely on safe places to swim and healthy fish to eat, to farmers who need abundant and reliable sources of water to grow their crops, to hunters and fishermen who depend on healthy waters for recreation and their work, and to businesses that need a steady supply of water for operations."

For more information about today's webcast, see the flyer put out by the EPA. —J.A.

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In response to a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission order, the North American Energy Standards Board’s (NAESB) Gas-Electric Harmonization (GEH) Committee has begun a proceeding to develop consensus standards to better coordinate the scheduling practices of the electricity industry and natural gas pipelines. The March 20 FERC order proposed specific changes to gas industry practices but gave the industry 180 days to develop consensus standards, including any modifications to the commission’s proposed changes. The harmonization committee proceeding is open to all stakeholders (e.g., public power utilities), but participation in committee meetings (by phone or in person) is vital since votes take place during the meetings.

As part of its March 20 directives, FERC issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) to improve coordination between the electricity and natural gas industries. (See the March 21 Public Power Daily.)

While many in the electric industry support FERC’s proposed changes, natural gas pipelines generally do not. The commission proposed to (i) start the natural gas operating day earlier; (ii) move the Timely Nomination Cycle later; and (iii) increase the number of intra-day nomination opportunities to help shippers adjust their scheduling in order to reflect changes in demand.

All stakeholders, regardless of membership in NAESB, can participate in the harmonization committee meetings, where they can discuss their views on FERC’s NOPR proposal, offer alternatives and vote on motions. NAESB procedures give a single vote to each stakeholder.

To participate, please RSVP to NAESB via email (naesb@naesb.org) or phone (713/356-0060). If you are unable to participate but would like to be put on NAESB’s distribution list for this effort, provide NAESB with your contact information and indicate you would like to be put on the list.

A paper on NAESB voting procedures and a proposed schedule are posted on NAESB’s website. —ROBERT VARELA

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April 14 is the last day for early bird registrations for courses at the APPA Spring Education Institute, which will be held May 5-9 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Early registrants can save $50 on fees. There is an additional $100 discount for those who attend more than one course or who attend with a colleague. All classes will be held at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes the week of May 5. A discounted hotel room rate is also available until April 14.

The Spring Institute features 20 in-depth training courses on the following topics:
 
•    Accounting;
•    Energy efficiency;
•    Supervisory leadership;
•    Safety and reliability training;
•    Work order and asset management;
•    Cost of service and rate design; and
•    Conducting a utility financial check-up.

The institute includes a week-long certificate program on energy efficiency management that consists of six classes and that will give participants a grounding in all aspects of energy efficiency program development, implementation, budgeting, marketing and management. A second certificate program, the Public Power Manager Certificate Program, is made up of three classes and is designed to help managers and senior supervisors enhance their leadership skills. The program provides a new three-day leadership component, specifically tailored to public power utilities, on how to think strategically, anticipate challenges and build and manage effective, productive teams.

The institute features a new track of safety and reliability courses:
•    Analyzing and Improving Reliability with APPA’s eReliability Tracker;
•    Overview and Practical Applications of the APPA Safety Manual;
•    Accident Investigation and Near Miss Reporting;
•    Personal Protective Grounding Practices; and
•    Overview and Application of OSHA Regulations that Apply to Public Power Utilities.

Attendees can also earn credits toward their professional certifications. APPA offers continuing education units, professional development hours and continuing professional education credits for participating in courses. There is a $100 discount for those who attend more than one course or who attend with a colleague.
 
For more information, visit www.APPAAcademy.org and click on "courses and workshops" or contact Meghan Riley at 202/467-2919 or MRiley@PublicPower.org. —HEIDI LAMBERT

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The Call for Papers is now open for APPA’s 2014 Legal Seminar.

Individuals interested in presenting at the Legal Seminar, or who would just like to propose topics or speakers for the program, are encouraged to submit their ideas. The deadline to submit papers is April 23.

Please submit your proposals by completing this online survey.  

The Legal Seminar is designed specifically for attorneys that represent public power utilities and joint action agencies -- including both in-house and outside counsel. The conference covers current regulatory, legislative, and policy initiatives, as well as practical legal issues facing public power utilities.  

The 2014 Legal Seminar will be held October 19-22 at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio, Texas. —LEANNE NIENHUIS

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EVENTS CALENDAR


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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CLASSIFIEDS

Regulatory counsel—The American Public Power Association is recruiting for a regulatory counsel to assist in energy policy formulation and policy advocacy before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), federal courts, other federal/state agencies and industry policy forums. The incumbent participates in and monitors FERC dockets and NERC activities of interest to the association and its members, as well as advocates association positions in these forums and participates in coalitions on such matters with other industry associations and groups as appropriate. The incumbent also communicates with individual APPA utility members, groups of members and their counsel to develop and coordinate consistent policy positions. Required education and experience includes:

• a law degree and appropriate bar admissions to practice law before state and federal courts;
• prior relevant experience in FERC and NERC regulatory matters;
• broad experience in electricity policy issues;
• the ability to analyze legal issues, draft complex legal documents, understand multifaceted regulatory, technical and economic issues and develop solutions;
• the ability to help plan and organize educational offerings on areas of expertise for the association; and
• the ability to communicate effectively—verbal and written communications—and gain cooperation from staff, members, outside counsel, other industry association representatives, press and the public.

Apply: For more information, go to www.PublicPower.org. Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to HumanResources@PublicPower.org with "Regulatory Counsel" in the subject line. APPA is an equal opportunity employer.

Transmission and distribution systems operations manager—Tacoma Power in Washington is hiring a transmission and distribution systems operations manager to manage operations of the Energy Control Center, including shift operations of the system power dispatchers, dispatcher candidates and senior substation operators. The position supervises 29 employees. Compensation: The yearly salary is $118,456 to $151,860.80. Qualifications: The position requires a Bachelor of Science degree or completion of an electrical apprenticeship and five years experience. Apply: Inquire at www.mytpu.org/jobs.

Senior distribution planner—The City of Redding Electric Utility in California is seeking a senior distribution planner to design new and modify existing overhead and underground electric transmission and distribution facilities; develop master distribution system plans; and prepare work orders, estimates, material lists, cost of service studies and standard drawings. The candidate may also provide training and supervision to lower level classifications. Apply: If interested, please see the detailed job announcement and apply online at www.ci.redding.ca.us. This recruitment may close at any time with minimal or no notice, therefore; prompt application is encouraged. Please apply immediately. The position is open until filled. 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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