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There will be no Public Power Daily tomorrow because it will be moving day for us: the American Public Power Association is switching its headquarters from northwest Washington, D.C., to Arlington, Virginia. Our new address will be 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 1000, Arlington, VA 22202. (Our telephone numbers and email addresses will remain the same.) The next issue of this newsletter will come your way on Monday, Aug. 25.

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The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar Nuclear Plant’s Unit 2 reactor is more than 90 percent complete and moving through key testing, the utility said Aug. 12. In its latest quarterly report on the project, TVA said Watts Bar Unit 2 "continues to meet safety and quality targets and remains on schedule and within budget to become the first U.S. reactor to generate ‘new’ power in nearly two decades, and the first since Watts Bar Unit 1 in 1996."

Watts Bar Unit 2 is projected to begin commercial operation between September 2015 and June 2016, with a most likely date by December 2015. The project has a projected completion cost of between $4 billion and $4.5 billion, with a most likely target of $4.2 billion, TVA said.

Testing of individual and combined plant systems is under way. The first major system test, called Open Vessel Testing, began ahead of schedule during the period and was completed earlier this summer, TVA said. "These tests are critical as we move toward receiving approval from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to load fuel by our most likely date in June 2015, and to begin operation later that year," said Mike Skaggs, TVA senior vice president for Watts Bar operations and construction.

"Most of the major construction work is concluding," Skaggs added. "We are making systems, structures and components like new and are making sure they operate according to TVA, industry and technical standards. We have a lot of complex and challenging work still to go."

Watts Bar will be one of the first nuclear plants in the country to complete post-Fukushima safety upgrades required by the NRC, TVA said. Enhancements include a new hardened "FLEX" equipment storage building designed to withstand earthquakes, floods and other incidents similar to what happened in Japan in 2011. The cement-and-steel structure houses emergency backup diesel generators, pumps and other equipment needed to keep the reactor containment cooled in the event that onsite power is lost. "Our FLEX enhancements help demonstrate the level of commitment by TVA and the nuclear power industry to the safety of our workers and the public," Skaggs said.

Challenges to the project include regulatory issues; continuing to protect the safe and reliable operation of Unit 1 while finishing Unit 2; emergent work identified during testing; and ensuring the site’s readiness for dual-unit operation, TVA said. About 3,100 workers are on the Watts Bar Unit 2 project, which will be TVA’s seventh nuclear unit. Watts Bar Unit 2 will add 1,100 megawatts of carbon-free electricity, providing enough energy for approximately 650,000 homes, the utility said.

A copy of the quarterly report is posted on TVA’s website.

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The American Public Power Association (APPA) is moving tomorrow (Aug. 22) to a new office across the Potomac River from our current location in Washington, D.C. Starting on Friday, our new mailing address will be:

American Public Power Association
2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 1000
Arlington, VA 22202

Please send all correspondence, including applications for the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) program, to the new address (but continue to mail checks and payments only to our lockbox at P.O. Box 418617, Boston, MA 02241-8617).

The new location is still in the Washington, D.C. metro area, minutes from Reagan National Airport and a short cab or Metro ride to Capitol Hill. APPA welcomes members to visit us when you are in the area.

APPA’s other contact information remains the same. For more information, you may visit our website, www.PublicPower.org, email us at info@PublicPower.org, or call us at 202/467-2000. Please bear with us, as there may be brief phone, email, and web service interruptions between Aug. 22 and Aug. 25, while we relocate resources.

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The 2014 Customer Connections Conference, Oct. 26-29, at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront in Jacksonville, Fla., will feature several sessions on public utility communications topics, tools and trends.

In the session, "Are We Communicating Effectively with All of Our Customers," Geoff Oxnam, vice president of operations at Easton Utilities in Maryland, and Diane Brunet-Garcia, partner and vice president of Burnet-Garcia Advertising in Jacksonville, Florida, will discuss the challenge of communicating with and listening to different audiences and share tips on how to meet these challenges.

In the "Five Ways to Measure What Matters" session, Shane Santiago, vice president and digital director for St. John & Partners in Jacksonville, will discuss the latest tools to measure results for your media relations, website performance, social media and marketing efforts.

Another session, led by Tim Trudell, manager of corporate communications for the Orlando Utilities Commission, will focus on, "Crisis War Stories and Lessons Learned." Attendees will learn the dos and don’ts for crisis management and discover opportunities to bolster their utility’s reputation.

Other public communications sessions will cover creating and using compelling visual communications, taking a seat at the strategic planning table, and surviving the information avalanche.

The conference also features a half-day preconference seminar titled, "Build Your Brand, Tell Your Story: Developing and Marketing Web & Social Media Content." In this session, attendees will learn how to build a strategic content development plan and use video and social media to broaden the utility’s reach. There are also two additional preconference seminars on managing change and customer engagement for advanced grid technologies.

In addition to these sessions, the Customer Connections Conference offers sessions on key accounts, economic development, customer service and energy services, as well as roundtable discussions, networking breakfasts, receptions, and other opportunities to share ideas and information. Conference fees are $645 for APPA members and $1,290 for nonmembers who register before Oct. 6.

For the complete program and to register, visit www.publicpower.org/CustomerConnections or contact Heidi Lambert (202/467-2921; HLambert@PublicPower.org).

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Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., on Aug. 19 urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to pre-empt state laws limiting municipal broadband. In a joint statement, the two encouraged FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and the commission itself to "take quick and decisive action to lift restrictions that limit or prevent communities from addressing their own broadband needs." —J.A.

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EVENTS CALENDAR


Webinar – Line Extension Policies: Contributions in Aid of Construction
September 9

Webinar – Using Advanced AMI Technology to Move from AMR to AMI
September 10

Webinar – Rural Broadband Funding Opportunity for Public Power Utilities
September 11

Business and Financial Conference
Portland, Oregon
September 14-17

Webinar – Smart Grids Enable Smart Cities: Insights into the Benefits New Technologies Offer Public Power Communities
September 23

NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Version 5 Compliance Program Development Workshop
Scottsdale, Arizona
September 29-30

Fall Education Institute
Scottsdale, Arizona
September 29-October 3

Webinar – Achieving Excellence in Public Power Governance
September 30

Public Power Leadership Workshop
Scottsdale, Arizona
October 1-3


Webinar – Performing a Utility Financial Check-Up
October 16

Legal Seminar
San Antonio, Texas
October 19-22

DEED webinar – Measuring Energy Savings Using Non-Intrusive Devices Inside Residential Customer Homes
October 23

Customer Connections Conference
Jacksonville, Florida
October 26-29

Grid Security Summit
Arlington, Virginia
November 12-13

Webinar – It's a Wrap: A Look Back at Legislative, Regulatory, and Political Developments in 2014
December 9

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


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CLASSIFIEDS
Generating station shift supervisor— Due to the pending retirement of two long-term employees, the Burlington Electric Department in Vermont is seeking to fill a full-time position at its 50-megawatt, wood-fired generating station: McNeil Generating Station. This position is responsible for the overall operation of the McNeil Generating Station, utilizing wood, oil, or gas during the assigned 12-hour rotating shift. Qualifications: The ideal candidate will possess a high school diploma with additional vocational or technical training, and prior experience in a solid-fueled, steam-electric generating plant. Burlington, Vermont, is located on the shore of Lake Champlain and has highly accredited schools, a great outdoor sports and hunting, and excellent nearby ski areas, including Stowe, Sugarbush, and Smuggler’s Notch—to name a few. Compensation: This position provides an excellent benefits and compensation package, including up to $35.37 per hour, Blue Cross-Blue Shield health insurance, a traditional pension, and extremely generous time off benefits. Apply: For a complete job description and city of Burlington application, visit our website at www.burlingtonvt.gov/hr, or contact Human Resources by phone at 802/865-7145. If interested, send a resume, cover letter, and a completed city of Burlington application by Sept. 4 to: City of Burlington, Human Resources Department, 179 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington, VT 05401. EOE. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply.

Vice president of business operations— The American Municipal Power, Inc., (AMP) in Columbus, Ohio, is seeking a vice president of business operations to oversee all AMP-owned properties, vehicles, and equipment. The individual will be responsible for the budgets of all phases of these business operations. The candidate will oversee the Forestry Program and AMPO, Inc., and assist the president in strategic planning and program/project development. Qualifications: The candidate must possess excellent leadership, organizational, and communications skills, and demonstrate the ability to make decisions and take appropriate actions. The candidate should have superior educational credentials and experience in public power and risk hazards. Apply: For the complete description of this position, please visit our website at www.amppartners.org. EOE.

Senior vice president of generation services and operations— The American Municipal Power, Inc., (AMP) in Columbus, Ohio, is seeking a senior vice president of generation services and operations to oversee all functions of the Power Generation Group, including all generation resources. The position provides the overall executive oversight and strategic planning of the organization’s generation portfolio. Qualifications: The candidate must possess excellent leadership, organizational, and communications skills. The candidate should have superior educational credentials and experience in the public generation field. The candidate should have knowledge of electrical engineering and maintenance procedures and practices. Apply: For the complete description of this position, please visit our website at www.amppartners.org. EOE.

Technical services superintendent— The Oberlin Municipal Light and Power System (OMLPS) in Ohio is accepting applications for the position of full-time technical services superintendent in the Electric Technical Services Division. Duties include supervision, planning, and coordination of the activities of the Electric Technical Services Division staff within the Electric Department. Minimum qualifications: Candidates must possess a bachelor's degree with three years relevant work experience or a high school diploma, or equivalent, that is supplemented with electrical engineering or related courses, and seven or more years of relevant work experience, or an equivalent combination. Candidates must also possess a valid state of Ohio class "A" commercial driver's license. Compensation: The salary range is $56,591 to $98,924 per year, depending on qualifications. Apply: Application packets are available at the Oberlin City Hall (85 S. Main St., Oberlin, OH 44074) and online at www.cityofoberlin.com. The closing date for the position is Monday, Aug. 25, at 4:30 p.m. The city of Oberlin is an equal employment opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace.

Distribution superintendent— The Oberlin Municipal Light and Power System (OMLPS) in Ohio is accepting applications for the position of full-time distribution superintendent in the Electric Distribution Division. Duties include supervision, planning, and coordination of the activities of the Electric Distribution Division staff within the Electric Department. Minimum qualifications: A bachelor's degree is preferred, but candidates must possess a high school diploma or equivalent that is supplemented with electrical engineering or related courses, and seven or more years relevant work experience, or an equivalent combination. Candidates must also possess a valid state of Ohio driver’s license. Compensation: The salary range is $56,591 to $98,924 per year, depending on qualifications. Apply: Application packets are available at the Oberlin City Hall (85 S. Main St., Oberlin, OH 44074) and online at www.cityofoberlin.com. The closing date is Monday, Aug. 25, at 4:30 p.m. The city of Oberlin is an equal employment opportunity employer and a drug-free workplace.

Engineering and electric operations manager—Lebanon Utilities in Indiana currently has a job opening for an engineering and electric operations manager. The position, under the direction of the general manager, is responsible for the planning, engineering, designing, and managing of projects for electric transmission, distribution, and substation facilities in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. Qualifications: A bachelor's degree in electrical engineering is preferred; civil engineering considered. Strong written and verbal communication skills are also necessary in order to deal with a wide range of personalities, both inside and outside of the organization. Apply: If interested, please call 765/482-8395 for a complete job description.


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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