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More than 65 gigawatts of new hydropower potentially could be developed in the United States, equivalent to the current U.S. hydropower capacity, according to a new report by the Department of Energy and its Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The New Stream-reach Development Assessment capitalizes on recent advancements in geospatial datasets and represents the most detailed evaluation of hydropower potential at undeveloped streams and rivers to date, DOE said. The report "provides unparalleled insight into new hydropower opportunities throughout the country," Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said.

The assessment also analyzed technical, socioeconomic, and environmental characteristics that will help energy developers, policymakers, and local communities identify the most promising locations for sustainable hydropower facilities, said DOE. The report includes stream- and river-specific information on local wildlife habitats, protected lands, water use and quality, and fishing access areas. Most of the potential new projects would likely be smaller, run-of-river facilities that could utilize new low-impact designs and technologies, the department said.

More information and a link to the report are posted on the Oak Ridge Lab website. —ROBERT VARELA

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A federal appeals court approved a joint motion to vacate the Energy Department’s 2011 direct final rule setting furnace efficiency standards. In March, the American Public Gas Association (APGA), DOE, and the other parties filed the joint motion in the case (APGA v. DOE). As part of a settlement with APGA, DOE agreed to withdraw the direct final rule and initiate a traditional notice-and-comment rulemaking for new furnace efficiency standards. By approving the motion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated the original rule and remanded the proceeding for a notice and comment rulemaking.

By establishing a 90 percent fuel efficiency standard for furnaces in the northern region of the United States, the regulation would have eliminated non-condensing gas furnaces from the northern region and likely driven many consumers in that region to less efficient electric furnaces, APGA said. The association filed its petition for review with the court in December 2011.

APGA members "recognized two essential wrongs in this rulemaking: first, trying to implement a change via direct final rule on a contested and complex matter with many stakeholders; and, second, adopting an efficiency standard that benefits a few to the detriment of many," said APGA President and CEO Bert Kalisch. "APGA looks forward to working with DOE and other stakeholders on a new furnace efficiency standard that serves the best interests of American consumers, regardless of region or financial wherewithal."

The direct final rule would have inadvertently deterred consumers from purchasing more efficient direct use natural gas appliances due to the high upfront costs associated with the only furnace type—condensing furnaces—that could meet the rule’s 90 percent annual fuel utilization efficiency standard, APGA said. —ROBERT VARELA

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APPA, the Alliance to Save Energy and a broad coalition of over 80 companies, organizations, and trade associations have written to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., asking them to bring the Shaheen-Portman Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act to the floor for a vote.

The measure "would help meet America's goals of increasing energy productivity, enhancing energy security, reducing harmful emissions, and promoting economic growth in a financially responsible manner," the coalition said in an April 28 letter.

The bill, S. 2074, was introduced in late February by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio. A new version, S. 2262, is co-sponsored by Sens. 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.

Supporters of the bipartisan legislation say it would extend energy efficiency savings and benefits to all sectors of the U.S. economy, from schools and homes to commercial buildings, industry, and manufacturing. An analysis of the bill by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy estimates that, by 2030, the measure would  create more than 190,000 jobs, save consumers $16 billion a year, and cut carbon dioxide emissions by the equivalent of taking 22 million cars off the road. —JEANNINE ANDERSON

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APPA is now accepting applications from utilities for designation as a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3). The application period opened yesterday (May 1) and will close on Sept. 30. Utilities that apply this year, are eligible for the new three-year designation cycle, with the designation beginning May 1, 2015 and expiring on April 30, 2018.

The RP3 program recognizes utilities that demonstrate high proficiency in four areas: reliability, safety, work force development, and system improvement. Criteria within each of the four RP3 areas are based upon sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of service. RP3 recipients have used the program to improve their systems through the inherent self-check process, to demonstrate the value of a public power utility to customers, and, in some cases, to negotiate lower bond and insurance rates.

Currently, 184 of the nation's more than 2,000 public power utilities have earned RP3 recognition. Lists of recently RP3-recognized utilities are posted on APPA's website.

Information on the program and how to apply is available in the RP3 section of APPA's website, www.PublicPower.org. Questions about the program also can be directed to APPA's Engineering Services department by emailing RP3@PublicPower.org or calling 202/467-2900. —MONICA DEAN

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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 – How to Tame the Three-Headed Monster: FMLA, ADA, and Workers' Compensation
May 29

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

NERC CIP Compliance Plan Workshop
Orlando, Fla.
June 11-12

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 – What to Expect from the EPA's Final Aquatic Species Protection Rule—316(b)—of the Clean Water Act
June 26

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

Webinar – Utility Collections: The Complete Process
July 8

Webinar – Electric Rate Designs: Rate Structures that Reflect a Utility's Costs
July 15

Webinar – Cybersecurity Awareness Training Part IV
July 17

Webinar – Strategic Planning for Utility Boards and City Councils
July 29

Webinar – Performance Monitoring and Accountability for Boards
August 12

Webinar – Electric Rate Designs: Rate Structures to Promote Financial Stability or Energy Conservation
August 19

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.

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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