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The White House announced yesterday President Obama will nominate Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC) Chairwoman Colette Honorable to serve on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Assuming she is confirmed by the Senate, Honorable will replace John Norris, who recently resigned after serving on the commission since 2010.

Honorable has been a member of the Arkansas Public Service Commission since 2007 and its chair since 2011. She also currently serves as chairman of the board and president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Previously, she served as executive director of the Arkansas Workforce Investment Board in 2007. Honorable worked for then-Arkansas Attorney General Mike Beebe in various roles, including as his chief of staff from 2006 to 2007, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Litigation from 2004 to 2006, and also as Assistant Attorney General under then-Arkansas Attorney General Mark Pryor from 1999 to 2004. She also worked as an associate at the law firm of Cauley Geller Bowman and Rudman, LLP from 2003 to 2004. She received a B.A. from Memphis State University and a J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.

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The North American Electric Reliability Corp.’s 2015 budget proposal includes a major new cybersecurity initiative, the Cybersecurity Risk Information Sharing Program (CRISP). NERC is proposing an overall 2015 budget of $66.65 million, an increase of $10.26 million (18.2 percent) over the 2014 budget. CRISP will cost about $8.94 million, but other participants in the program will pay the vast majority of NERC’s 2015 costs for CRISP.

CRISP is a public-private partnership whose purpose is to facilitate timely information sharing of cyber threat information and to develop situation awareness tools that enhance the electricity sector’s ability to protect its critical infrastructure, NERC said in its budget proposal to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. CRISP will provide near-real-time capability for critical infrastructure owners and operators to voluntarily share cyber threat data, analyze the data, and receive machine-to-machine mitigation measures.

Passive sensors called information-sharing devices (ISDs) that are installed on participants’ networks will send encrypted data to a CRISP analysis center operated by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), which will analyze the data and send alerts and mitigation measures to CRISP participants through a secure network, NERC said.

CRISP provides the ability to integrate other cyber-related threat information provided through governmental sources with the cyber threat information gathered by the ISDs installed on participants’ networks, NERC said. CRISP also provides the ability to look across organizations within the electricity subsector to identify correlation and trends.

The Electricity Sector Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ES-ISAC) will assume the role of program manager for CRISP and will be responsible for providing certain services to the participating utilities, including oversight of the installation of ISDs and associated analytical services, NERC said. ES-ISAC will provide a central point for coordination and be the hub for collaborative analysis of CRISP data.

In its proposed budget, NERC said its 2015 strategic goals and objectives are focused on the areas of (i) continuing to implement its risk-based strategy, with a focus on a set of current high-priority risk projects; (ii) physical and cyber security of the bulk power system; (iii) continuing to implement its Reliability Assurance Initiative; (iv) implementing the revised bulk electric system definition that FERC has approved; (v) developing and implementing a risk-based registration system; and (vi) transforming the NERC Reliability Standards "to a steady state." —ROBERT VARELA

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Attendees planning to participate in the American Public Power Association’s NERC CIP Version 5 Compliance Program Development Workshop are encouraged to register and make their hotel reservations soon. The deadline to take advantage of the early registration price is Sept. 8. Starting on Sept. 9, registration fees will increase by $50.

The deadline to make hotel reservations in the APPA room block at the Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center is also Sept. 8. There is an additional $100 discount for those who attend more than one course or who register with a colleague.

This workshop will be held Sept. 29-30 in Scottsdale, Arizona, and features a number of experts on the North American Electric Reliability Corp.'s Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) rules. The workshop will include case studies from public power utilities across the country. Participants will share best practices, concerns, and challenges; learn what’s worked and what hasn’t from others; and get answers to NERC CIP Version 5 compliance questions.  

The curriculum consists of the following topics:
•    Technical Issues for Compliance
•    Processes and Procedures to Meet Compliance Deadlines
•    Planning Resources/Budget Considerations for Compliance Implementation and Maintenance
•    Developing the Proper Documentation for a CIP Audit
•    Compliance Considerations: Making the Transition
•    Status of CIP Version 5 Revisions

In conjunction with this workshop, APPA will also hold the Fall Education Institute and Public Power Leadership Workshop during the week of Sept. 29 in Scottsdale.  

For more information on these events, visit www.APPAAcademy.org or contact Meghan Riley at 202/467-2919 or MRiley@PublicPower.org. —LEE KRINZMAN

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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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General manager—The Northern California Power Agency (NCPA), located in Roseville, California, seeks a general manager. NCPA is a joint action agency, whose membership includes municipalities, rural electric cooperatives, and other publicly owned entities interested in the purchase, aggregation, scheduling, and management of electrical energy. NCPA owns and operates a 600-MW portfolio of electricity generation resources that is among the cleanest in the U.S. with a budget of $400 million. The GM manages four assistant general managers, who in turn supervise a total of 165 employees, and also manages the human resources manager, executive assistant, and compliance manager. Qualifications: Required qualifications and additional information can be reviewed at www.ncpa.com. Apply: If interested, please apply by email: Shelly.Fust@kornferry.com; or phone: 310/843-4145.

Treasurer-controller— The Northern California Power Agency (NCPA), located in Roseville, California, is seeking a treasurer-controller to operate and manage the agency’s accounting, treasury, budgeting, and financial management and reporting systems. NCPA is a nonprofit joint action agency, which has been in existence since 1968. NCPA purchases, generates, transmits, sells, interchanges, and pools wholesale electric energy and capacity for its member utilities. With a population of 124,000 at the base of the Sierra Foothills, NCPA’s Roseville headquarters is in an ideal location midway between San Francisco and Lake Tahoe. With a moderate climate, excellent schools, numerous nearby recreational activities (hiking, biking, and water sports), and affordable housing, NCPA offers a great place to live, work, and raise a family. The treasurer-controller will operate and manage a $350 million-budget and a staff of eight employees. The treasurer-controller also manages the agency’s cash and investment portfolio, minimizing financial risk and ensuring sufficient liquidity to meet vendor, debt service, and other obligations while maximizing funds available for investment. Qualifications: The typical candidate will possess: a bachelor’s degree in a related field; eight plus years financial management experience, including four years as a supervisor; and knowledge of public agency/government accounting standards as they relate to a public power entity. A certified public accountant (CPA) with public electric utility and auditing experience is preferred. Compensation: The salary range is $143,432 to $179,290 per year. A placement in range is dependent upon qualifications and experience. Apply: Additional information about the agency can be found at www.ncpa.com, where interested candidates can apply online. Questions can be directed to Human Resources by phone at 916/781-4218. The position opened on Aug. 4. NCPA will be accepting the first 50 qualified applications, or close at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5; whichever occurs first.

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.


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