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A city plan that would require Austin Energy to be carbon neutral by 2030 without exceeding rate increases of 2 percent per year is not financially feasible, the utility told the city council in a Sept. 24 work session, but goals can still be met through an alternative path.

"We can do many of those things that the community wants environmentally and with renewable energy, stay within the affordability goals, and we can do it all, but we have to be able to do it with natural gas and also by shooting for a carbon-free target of 2050 instead of 2030," said utility spokesman Carlos Cordova. "We can accomplish a lot of these things by buying some time because we have no other options." The utility's financial analysis is posted on the Austin Energy website.

The Austin City Council passed a resolution on Aug. 28 borne out of recommendations from a generation planning task force, some of which the utility agreed with and others which it had concerns about. The council’s direction was at odds with the utility’s need to replace inefficient units at its 927-MW gas-fired Decker power plant. The utility said in mid-September it would continue with its analysis of its generation mix to determine the best option for new sources despite the city’s new plan. (See Public Power Daily, Sept. 8, 2014).

The plan directed the utility to install 600 MW of solar power and reach a renewable penetration of 50% by 2020. The utility already has reached 49% carbon-free resources in its generation mix, with renewables and nuclear. But consultants from the Brattle Group said the specific path outlined by the council may not be the best way to achieve the goal.

"The Task Force plan is plausible but ambitious, and it may be less economical than similar alternatives with different types and timing of resources," the consultant group said.

To meet the city’s requirements, the utility said it would have to shut down not only its Decker plant, in 2017, but also the coal-fired Fayette plant in 2025 and Austin Energy's 570-MW, natural gas, combined cycle Sand Hill plant in 2030, as well as spend an estimated $370 million on new transmission to support new generation and invest several million dollars more into the new generation sources. Even in the best-case scenario, Austin Energy predicts it would continue to exceed a 2 percent rate increase until 2022, according to the analysis presented to the council. Austin Energy co-owns the Fayette plant with the Lower Colorado River Authority.

But under an alternative plan proposed in the utility's analysis, the utility said it can increase solar generation by 250%, add grid-scale storage, and reach carbon neutrality by 2050, as opposed to 2030. This would require Austin Energy to acquire 500 MW of solar, add 375 MW of wind and add 500 MW of highly efficient gas-fired generation at the Decker plant, retiring the inefficient units by 2019. The utility estimates the alternative plan would keep rate increases under the 2 percent cap for seven out of the 10 years it would be implemented.

The analysis was presented at the Sept. 24 council work session, thus no action was taken. Cordova said the utility still plans to present updates to its generation plan to the council next month. — LAURA D'ALESSANDRO

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A new report by the Brattle Group examining whether there is any "missing energy efficiency" in the PJM Interconnection concludes that the treatment of energy efficiency in PJM’s load forecasting process "is likely to understate the full benefits of" energy efficiency investments.
 
The report was prepared for The Sustainable FERC Project, a coalition of national and regional clean energy advocates and other public interest organizations.

The September 2014 Brattle Group report said that PJM’s load forecast currently accounts for energy efficiency in two ways -- historical efficiency embedded in econometric forecasts and supply-side energy efficiency that clears in PJM’s reliability pricing model (RPM). "However, this approach does not capture the existing EE [energy efficiency] that did not bid into/clear in the RPM, or any new/incremental EE programs predicted beyond the three year forward capacity market window," the report said.

In the study, the authors note that they engaged in an analysis to, among other things, determine whether a significant amount of energy efficiency is unaccounted for in PJM’s regional forecasts.

"In this study, we do not quantify the potential benefits of avoided transmission and distribution investments that would emerge from a more complete treatment of the EE impacts in the load forecasting process," the report’s authors noted.

The report said that "biggest implications" of PJM’s forecast are in the capacity market and in long-term transmission planning. Peak demand forecasts in each location are the primary determinant of quantity procured in the capacity market, it said.
 
"Some new EE offers into the capacity market as supply-side resources and so are already counted, but if any ‘missing EE’ does not participate, overall capacity requirements will be overstated and over procurement of capacity will occur."

With respect to long-term planning, PJM’s energy load forecast assumes that the historical data already embeds the historical energy efficiency impacts, according to the report. "It assumes that future forecasts reflect similar trends in EE and thus no EE adjustments are made for any missing EE. PJM’s peak demand forecasts account for the impact of approved EE programs that cleared in the RPM."

The amount cleared in the last auction is held constant for the remainder of the forecast, but the report said that "there still might be some ‘missing EE’ that does not offer into RPM or that is projected for years beyond the RPM timeframe."

This treatment of energy efficiency in PJM’s load forecasting process "is likely to understate the full benefits of EE investments," the report’s authors said.

The report’s authors project that the cumulative GWh savings from new energy efficiency -- relative to 2013 -- will reach 11,213 GWh (1.3% of load) in 2017 and 27,245 GWh (3% of load) in 2022.

PJM’s current energy forecasting framework "does not account for this additive EE that is projected to come online during the forecast period in excess of the new EE that is already embedded in PJM’s energy forecasts."

Similarly, the cumulative MW savings from new energy efficiency (relative to 2013) will reach 1,817 MW (1.1% of peak demand) in 2017 and 4,391 MW (2.5% of load) in 2022, according to the report. PJM’s current peak demand framework only accounts for the impact of approved energy efficiency programs that cleared in the RPM and assumes that the last cleared amount remains constant for the rest of the forecast period, the report’s authors said.

The report said that the cumulative average growth rate for PJM’s energy and peak demand forecast is 1.1% over the 2014–2022 timeframe. After adjusting both forecasts by the projected energy efficiency savings, the growth rate declines to 0.8%.

The report includes a table summarizing resulting capacity prices, energy prices, and customer costs under short-run and long-run situations. The report details results under a "business as usual" case, and after adjusting the load forecast downward by 50%, 100% and 200% "of our projected energy efficiency."

Realized customer costs go down in both cases, with the biggest impacts being reductions in capacity procurement costs in the short run. Among other things, the report finds that total customer costs drop by $433 million/year in the short run and by $127 million/year in the long run.

In a statement emailed to Public Power Daily, PJM said that it "has recognized the need to better incorporate energy efficiency into our load forecasts and through this year has explored and developed potential enhancements to our load forecasting process."

PJM "will soon begin discussing the potential enhancements and the D.C. Circuit Court decision on demand response with our stakeholders."  In May, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated FERC Order No. 745 on demand-response compensation to consumers. More recently, the court turned aside a request by FERC that the court review its May ruling (see Public Power Daily, Sept. 18, 2014).

 The grid operator also said that it has "a solid record for including energy efficiency in our markets and in our load forecasts." It noted, for example, that the last annual capacity auction committed 1,339 MW of energy efficiency, "making us a leader among organized markets."

The reduction in the load forecast that Brattle predicts for 2017, 1.1%, "is well within the margin of error expected over a three-year forecast. The annual capacity market also procures 2.5 percent less capacity than the load forecast indicates to allow for corrections to the expected demand closer to the actual delivery year. The "hold back" provides opportunities for energy efficiency in the shorter-term auctions."—PAUL CIAMPOLI

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A story in the Sept. 22 issue of Public Power Daily about a presentation at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission incorrectly identified Clair Moeller as CEO of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator. John Bear is CEO of MISO. Moeller is MISO’s executive vice president of transmission and technology.

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APPA President and CEO Sue Kelly tweeted this photo of herself and #CaptainPublicPower. Follow her on Twitter @CEOPublicPower
The American Public Power Association (APPA) has a new superhero mascot, who embodies the mission and skills of public power workers everywhere, to help celebrate the 28th annual Public Power Week (#PublicPowerWeek), Oct. 5-11.
 
The association asked its membership to submit name ideas earlier this summer (see Public Power Daily, Aug. 13).

Captain Public Power (#CaptainPublicPower) is eager to help APPA's members tell the story of public power, and let customers know why community owned electric utilities are exceptional. He will even have some energy efficiency and safety tips for members to share with customers.
 
APPA utility members can access the 2014 Public Power Week Toolkit with Captain Public Power images for use in newsletters, offices, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. The toolkit also includes sample social media messages, a video, template blog posts, news releases, letters, and other resources that can be adapted.

APPA wants to hear about your Public Power Week celebrations. Members can email photos and information about their utility’s activities to PublicPowerWeek@PublicPower.org, or call the APPA Integrated Media and Communications Department at 202/467-2958.

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

Fall Education Institute
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Webinar – Achieving Excellence in Public Power Governance
September 30

Public Power Leadership Workshop
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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
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October 26-29

Webinar – OSHA Subpart V: Fall Protection
October 30

Webinar – OSHA Subpart V: Arc Protection and Flame-Resistant Clothing
November 10

Grid Security Summit
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November 12-13

Webinar – Energy Efficiency: Overview of Energy Efficiency Programs
November 18

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

Webinar – Energy Efficiency: Identifying Your Utility's Energy Efficiency Goals and Developing a Portfolio Strategy
December 11

Webinar – OSHA Subpart V: Minimum Approach Distance
December 16

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


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Director of human resources and administration— The American Public Power Association seeks a director of human resources and administration to manage the development and implementation of the association’s policies and procedures that govern human resources and office administration. The director will manage the administration of employee benefit programs in conjunction with finance and legal staff members, including APPA’s defined benefit pension plan, 401(k) plan, health insurance plans, and voluntary benefit plans. The position is responsible for ensuring a positive employee-employer environment through oversight of employee recruitment, training and development, evaluation, and retention. The position also supervises support services staff and equipment (aside from I.T.), and will act as a liaison with the landlord and office service vendors and insurance brokers to ensure a quality work environment. Required education and experience:

• degree from a four-year college or university with major coursework in human resource management, business • • administration, or related field; master’s degree preferred;
• ten or more years work experience in human resources, with substantial prior experience in a management-level capacity;
• SPHR certification or demonstrated coursework toward achieving the SPHR certification preferred;
• strong interpersonal and communications skills, both oral and written;
• excellent conflict resolution and mediation skills;
• ability to work independently and exercise sound judgment;
• thorough knowledge of all aspects of HR administration;
• current knowledge of trends, practices, regulations, and developments in the HR area;
• ability to foster trust throughout the organization in the impartiality and integrity of the HR function, including the • ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality and ensure fair treatment;
• knowledge of federal and local labor laws and their application;
• knowledge of budgeting, personnel, and administrative techniques;
• knowledge of lease administration and building services practices;
• ability to pay attention to detail and maintain accurate recordkeeping;
• history of excellent customer service delivery; and
• proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

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

Superintendent— The city of Croswell in Michigan is seeking applicants for the next superintendent of Croswell Light and Power. Qualifications: Qualified candidates should have management experiences. Positive attributes might include: lineman, water licenses, economic development experience, business management, utility management, community relations, GIS, and SCADA. Local government experience is a plus. Apply: The city will be accepting resumes until the position is filled. Interested candidates may contact the city administrator for more information, or visit www.cityofcroswell.com for a complete job description. Contact Sam Moore, city administrator for the city of Croswell by email at smoore@croswell-mich.com.

Manager of regulatory program— The Northern California Power Agency seeks a manager of regulatory program. The position serves as the agency’s subject matter expert related to the federal power program. The successful candidate will represent and advocate the agency’s policy positions before the Western Area Power Administration and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The successful candidate will also advise NCPA on policy issues and educate policymakers and stakeholders with regard to operation and scheduling of Central Valley Project resources, as well as various policy directives by multiple agencies —including the Department of Energy, Department of Interior, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the California Independent System Operator— that could impact the federal power program and its customers. The successful candidate also serves as NCPA lead in interactions with external interest groups and stakeholders working in the area. Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree (master’s strongly preferred) in economics, engineering, business administration, or related field, and a minimum of seven years of directly related federal agency or electric utility experience is desired. The position requires in-depth familiarity with the Central Valley Project, the federal power program, and related statutes and regulations. The successful candidate must have demonstrated strong leadership, writing, and communications skills, as well as the ability to work with limited supervision and achieve legislative and regulatory goals. Compensation: The starting salary is $115,815 to $144,768 per year, depending on experience. Employer-paid benefits include CalPERS retirement, medical, retiree medical, and more. Apply: All applicants are required to submit the agency’s online application to be considered. See www.ncpa.com to apply. Equal opportunity employer.

General manager— The Kennebunk Light and Power District in Maine is offering a unique career opportunity for a new general manager. The Kennebunk Light and Power District is an independent public municipal utility district located in Kennebunk, Maine. The district has earned a reputation among its 6,400 ratepayers and the community at large for excellent service, affordable rates, and innovation in efficiency and renewable power generation. Kennebunk (population of 11,000) is an historic New England town, known for its hardworking residents, family-friendly community, top-rated schools, and beautiful beaches in southern Maine. The district is at an historic crossroads as it determines with the local community the future of its hydro power dams, its role in local renewable power production, and the organization’s business strategy and structure. The general manager is supported, guided, and directed by a locally elected board of trustees, to whom s/he reports. The general manager oversees the staff, assets, infrastructure, and operations of the Kennebunk Light and Power District, and will help shape its vision and strategy. The general manager is the leader responsible to fulfill the mission, policies, business plan, and goals of the district. The district's mission states, "KLPD is to provide the most reliable service at the lowest possible cost, while recognizing the importance of the safety of its employees and its customers." The essential responsibilities of the general manager include:

• ensuring sound financial management of the district;
• overseeing all district operations;
• ensuring excellent customer service and public relations;
• fulfilling responsibilities to the district’s board of trustees; and
• completing other duties as required.

The successful candidate must be able to lead the district to advocate for public policy aligned with the district's mission and maintain all legal, financial, and operations records in a professional manner. The successful candidate must also ensure that the district has effective liaison with board-designated organizations. The general manager also oversees human resources management and organization structure. The successful candidate will have strong financial management abilities to oversee all district operations. Minimum qualifications: A combination of more than 15 years of professional experience and education in management, public administration, business management, and/or professional engineering is required and must include:

• ten years of progressively responsible experience in utility leadership and management (preferred);
• working knowledge of finance and management accounting;
• experience and technical knowledge in cost of electrical service, distribution, transmission, generation, new energy markets, rate-making, and electrical engineering;
• a bachelor's degree in engineering and/or business or public administration (a master's degree is preferred), or a professional engineer with experience and advanced education in business/public administration; and
• possession of a valid Maine driver’s license (Class C).

The general manager will be required to relocate, as necessary, in order to reside in the local area. Apply: Applications should be sent via email to: generalmanagersearch@klpd.org. Applications must include a cover letter and resume. Applications must be received by Oct. 3. Go to www.klpd.org for additional information and a full job description. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Electric utility system operator-power (real-time/day-ahead energy trader)—
The city of Redding, California, is recruiting for an electric utility system operator-power (real-time/day-ahead energy trader). The candidate will schedule real-time and day-ahead delivery of power to assure a balanced load to the resource energy portfolio; develop, implement, evaluate, economically optimize, coordinate, and arrange day-ahead and real-time power trades and schedules with other municipal utilities, marketers, and power companies; and ensure the safe, reliable, and economical operation of the Redding Electric Utility’s generation assets. Compensation: Salary is $41.71 to $50.70 per hour ($43.38 to $55.27 per hour, effective Jan. 18, 2015). Apply: To review a complete job announcement and to apply online, visit www.ci.redding.ca.us. Apply by Oct. 2. EOE/FAAE.

Senior substation design engineer— MEAG Power in Alpharetta, Georgia, is accepting applications for a senior substation design engineer. Qualifications: The position requires a bachelor’s degree in engineering, eight to 10 years related experience in the electric utility industry, and a professional engineering license (Georgia preferred), or the ability to obtain one within a year. Apply: Apply at www.meagpower.org.

Manager of electric operations— The City of Geneva Public Works Department in Illinois is accepting applications for a full-time manager of electric operations. The position manages the operation and maintenance of the utility's generation, substations, SCADA, metering, fiber, outages, and related customer complaints in order to provide safe, reliable, and efficient electric and data service to the customers of the city of Geneva. This position reports to the superintendent of Electric Services, and is responsible for crew management, capacity and reliability planning, project management, and other duties as assigned. Qualifications: Minimum qualifications for the position include a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with a minimum of five years related experience, including management and direct supervision of non-exempt employees. A candidate with power generation experience or any combination of education, training, and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential functions of the position is desirable. The successful applicant must reside within a 12-mile radius of the city of Geneva within one year of employment, and possess an Illinois driver’s license. Compensation: The city of Geneva offers an excellent fringe benefit package and starting annual hiring range of $78,283 to $94,872. Apply: Please send a completed job application to Lisa Jepson by mail: Human Resources Office, City of Geneva, 22 S. First St., Geneva, Illinois 60134; or by email: ljepson@geneva.il.us; by 5 p.m. on Sept. 24. Resumes will not be accepted without a completed job application. For more information, please visit our website. The city of Geneva is an equal opportunity employer.


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