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Americans’ energy use increased by 2.4 percent in 2013, the Department of Energy said yesterday. There were increases in renewable, fossil, and nuclear energy use, DOE said.
Each year, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory uses data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration to illustrate the way Americans are consuming energy. The latest analysis found that the majority of energy used in 2013 went toward electricity generation, followed by transportation, industrial, residential, and commercial energy. That is "right on trend with the previous year’s sector-by-sector energy use breakdown," DOE said.
Petroleum was the main energy source (35.1 percent), followed by natural gas (26.6 percent) and coal (18.0 percent).

Wind energy, the source of 1.6 percent of U.S. energy, continued to grow. New wind farms and larger, more efficient turbines contributed to an 18 percent growth in output for this renewable energy source.

Due partly to a cold winter, Americans used 2.3 percent more natural gas last year than they did in 2012. Meanwhile, the recent shift from coal to gas reversed slightly, due in part to rising natural gas prices, DOE said.

DOE posted a flowchart illustrating U.S. energy usage last year. —JEANNINE ANDERSON

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Ninety-four public power utilities were awarded Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) recognition from the American Public Power Association for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. Brent McKinney, manager of electric transmission and distribution at City Utilities of Springfield, Mo., and chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the utilities with their awards yesterday during the association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference in Oklahoma City.

The RP3 designation recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement.  Criteria within each category are based on sound business practices and represent a utility-wide commitment to the safe and reliable delivery of electricity. The RP3 designation now lasts for three years (up from two), so the 94 utilities that earned the designation this year join the 90 that received it last year.

"RP3 utilities are providing a high level of service to communities all over the country," said McKinney, "These 94 designees stand out as models of safe, reliable, and forward-thinking utility operations."

This is the ninth year that the RP3 designation has been offered. For more information and a full list of the designees, see the RP3 section of the APPA website.

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See highlights from APPA’s 14th Annual Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo on this video made by host, Edmond Electric, the city-owned electric utility for Edmond, Okla. Rodeo winners are listed on our website.

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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

RP3 webinar – Reliability
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

RP3 webinar – Safety
April 25

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

RP3 webinar – Workforce Development
May 2

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

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

RP3 webinar – System Improvement
May 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

DEED webinar – DSTAR: Best Practices Guide to Preventing Copper Theft
May 21

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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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.

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